"Children are a gift from God." I LOVE teaching and tutoring children. Having four straight "A" children of my own, I am keenly in tune with what it takes to help children be successful. I have two daughters who have already graduated college, and two sons that are in college. Three out of four of my children played a collegiate sport as well, so learning in our home was coupled with time management and tons of activities (mostly sporting events). My specialties are in early-learning, particularly in phonics, reading, and math. I enjoy making learning FUN. When a student is having fun while learning, they not only retain more, but they want to continue to learn.
It is such a privilege to watch children learn their alphabet and the phonetic sounds associated with each letter, and to begin to sound out words. Their delight in learning to read is my success. I also love teaching math. I use poems, manipulatives, and hands on techniques to help them be successful.
I would love the opportunity to work with your child!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Moody Bible Institute - Bachelors, Business/Arts
Volleyball, watching Football, baseball, etc.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Make it fun and they will enjoy learning!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Depending on their area of tutoring, I will take time to get to know the student, build a positive rapport and probably play a game with the subject they are interested in.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Independent learners develop from learning the confidence in any given subject and enjoying what they are doing. It is my job as a tutor to help them develop that confidence.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I like to motivate students by helping them reach goals. We set the goals together and can offer rewards when they are reached.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Learning a skill is simply breaking down the concept in a way that is easy for the student to comprehend. Typically when a student feels confident about what they are doing, it is much easier for them to accomplish that task.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is attained by finding key points, comprehending what they are reading and having the vocabulary and phonetics to read the words on the page.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Knowledge of the subject, and baby steps to help with comprehension of the subject area, are always key to a student's success.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Repetition is valuable for a student to master his/her understanding of the material. Review is also helpful to take the new knowledge from short-term to long-term memory.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive reinforcement with a student is key to their success.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
A student's needs can be evaluated through testing. Speaking with the student as well as speaking with the parent about a student's needs is helpful.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Each student will have their own specific needs. Based upon their personality, environment, test scores, etc., I evaluate the student's needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Depending on the subject, I use materials that include hands on materials, manipulatives, reading resources, etc.