My seven years of tutoring experience has been prompted by the academic degrees I have obtained. I attended the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences prior to receiving my B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities on a 4 year scholarship. I received my masters degree (MPS) in public service from DePaul University in Chicago. I have worked for Sylvan Learning Center, Project SYNCERE STEM programs, and Chicago Public Schools where I have and continue to tutor and instruct youth in reading comprehension, vocabulary, math and the sciences. My hobbies include vegetable gardening, crocheting hats, scarves and earrings as well as cooking vegetarian meals. I enjoy tutoring in reading because it is needed to understand other school subjects; I also like tutoring in elementary math.
I come from a matriarch of teachers in my family that has influenced me greatly to be an educator. My great grandmother taught herself how to read with an eighth grade education by studying the dictionary and doing the newspaper crossword puzzle daily. My grandmother holds a Ph.Din mathematics, a masters in counseling and held the position of a former assistant principal in a Chicago Public high school. My mother has a former career as an art teacher in Chicago Public Schools and continues to teach as a health and wellness instructor. These family members impact how I instruct to my students and encourage me to leave a positive mark on their learning experience. I honor the lineage of educators by teaching people how to be empowered on personal, professional and academic levels with information that is pertinent their lives.
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - Bachelors, Applied Economics
DePaul University - Masters, Public Service
What is your teaching philosophy?
My concept of teaching coincides with what I believe is education. From my perspective, educating is shaking up the inner potential in a student. I believe we all have the answers but the questions are not being asked to bring out those answers or inner potential. Questions ignite discovery to knowledge beyond information taught solely in a classroom; previous knowledge a person has can help enhance what is being taught. I ask questions of my students to know how much prior knowledge they have about a topic or concept. Sometimes they already know something about that particular subject. If they do not have prior knowledge, then I give a definition and present an opportunity for the students to relate on their level of comfortability. I believe an important aspect of teaching is to instruct based on what is relatable so that students' potential may be acknowledged by all. In addition to asking questions, I also teach based on learning style. Students are one of three types of learners: visual, kinetic or auditory; they may be a combination of the three. I find that learning style is critical to understand because it helps me to know how to deliver information to my students. Providing visual aids (i.e. power presentations or movie), conducting hands-on activities and listening to ideas of everyone in a class are styles of teaching I utilize for effective instruction. Knowing students' learning style helps them to understand the information I present as well as cater to their learning needs.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the learning style of the student and their interests in order to deliver the best tutoring service. Knowing their learning style helps me to know the student's needs and how to deliver the service.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help students become independent learners by doing the following: Share skills that encourage good study habits Encourage students to ask questions Encourage student to seek help beyond the classroom
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by connecting their interests into the lesson or tutoring task at hand.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If student has difficulty learning a skill or concept I would teach it to them according to their personal interests.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I encourage students to highlight the text and underline words they may not understand. Then I would go over the words or concepts they do not comprehend.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know the student according to their learning style and subject interests in school.