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Education is the foundation of society. It is at the very crux of humanity. Therefore, educators have a great responsibility to humankind. As an educator, I feel privileged to bear this great responsibility, and I have made it my personal mission to touch the lives of all of the children that I come into contact with. This can be done only through the use of passion, empathy, and patience in teaching.

Standards for the teaching profession provide a foundation upon which to base my teaching skills, and the Common Core Content Standards provide groundwork for effective instruction. In order to be effective in the field, it is crucial for teachers to become familiar with and emulate these standards. I have therefore made it my personal undertaking to do so.

I hold the strong conviction that every child has both the capacity and the right to learn. It is therefore incumbent upon teachers to create a learning environment in which every child has the ability to reach their fullest potential. The learning environment should be a place in which students feel comfortable expressing themselves. It consequently becomes an educator's task to provide such a learning environment.

Every child learns differently, and teachers must learn to design instruction based on the needs of each of their students. The most successful teachers are the ones that realize that learning is a lifelong process and use this realization to motivate their students to become lifelong learners. The best teachers make it their mission to make instruction both enjoyable and meaningful, teaching skills and concepts that their students will never forget. This is the teacher that I strive to be.

Most importantly, it is crucial that teachers exhibit all of the qualities of fine character so as to provide a model for their students. Teachers must show themselves worthy of the trust that has been instilled in them to provide for a bright future. Teachers must be passionate about their work, responsible, organized, unbiased, and empathetic. It is only by being persons of character ourselves that we can expect our students to be persons of character, well prepared for the future.

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Stephanie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Fresno - Bachelors, Liberal Studies


Singing, Drawing, Music (violin and piano), writing, reading)

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature

Ancient and Medieval Heritage


British Literature


CAHSEE English

College Level American Literature

Creative Writing

Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Homework Support


Introduction to Fiction


ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level


Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing


Persuasive Writing


SAT Subject Test in Literature

SAT Subject Test in United States History

SAT Subject Test in World History



SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep


World Civilization

World Literature


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that all students have the right and the ability to learn. For those who are responsible for a student's education, it is important to know and understand how each student learns. A teacher must be flexible and adaptable, ensuring that their students will benefit from instruction. Therefore, many different teaching practices and techniques must be employed in order to engage all students.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would take some time to get to know them, both on a personal level and on an academic level. It's important to establish common ground with your students, so learning about their interests and hobbies will help me to do that. I also feel that understanding their academic history is important. Finding out which subjects in school they like the most will provide a good foundation for building on it further, expanding their interest in academia.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

It's important to employ the "I do"-"We do"-"You do" method. Students cannot be expected to be successful unless they first see good modeling. I would therefore take the time to show them good strategies for solving problems. Next, we would work on similar problems together, allowing them the chance to explain how they would tackle it and guiding them along the way. Finally, I would allow them to do some problems on their own, making sure that they feel confident in their own abilities. By the time the tutoring session is over, I will have ensured that they feel comfortable enough to take their newly acquired skills back to the classroom setting.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Accolades and praise are always the best motivators. When a student accomplishes something that they had previously been unable to accomplish independently, I will be sure to lavish praise on them. It's also important to provide chances for them to feel successful. Give them problems that you are confident they can work out independently, then slowly make the problems more difficult. When a student learns to do something that they couldn't do before, excitement about it motivates them to continue learning. Positive reinforcement is yet another way to encourage motivation. It would be very beneficial to talk with a student's parents and work out a system where improvement in grades or achievement would result in some sort of reward system.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

If a student has difficulty, taking it back to the basics is the most important thing to do. It's important for a student to understand that tackling a problem in its entirety will only lead to frustration. Instead, it's better to teach them to break it up into smaller, manageable pieces and then tackle each piece until the problem is solved. In reading, language arts, or even history, that might involve annotating a piece paragraph by paragraph until they are comfortable with the material. In math, that might involve working through a problem step by step until it is solved.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Annotating is key. Sometimes students have a tendency to become overwhelmed by a reading passage in its entirety. To combat this problem, first I would teach them to "cold read" the passage. Next, I would teach the student to cover up everything in a passage but the paragraph they are reading. This would allow them to take just a small piece of the passage. This "close reading" would afford them the opportunity to annotate. They could underline key vocabulary words and find the main idea of just that paragraph. They would do that until the entire reading passage was annotated. Then, I would have them give me a recounting or summary of the passage, ensuring that they are comfortable with the material and understand what it was about. Finally, we would get to the reading comprehension questions. At that point, they would be much more confident with their comprehension of the reading passage. I would encourage them to do that for every reading passage they encountered.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Establishing common ground is the most successful strategy when working with a student. They need to feel comfortable with me. They also need to know and feel that I am on their team. Another successful strategy is to show them why what they are learning will benefit them. Students need to see why material is relevant to their life. Once we can establish those things, we can proceed.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

To get a student engaged, start off with more simple and uncomplicated problems. Build their confidence in the subject matter by providing opportunities for them to be successful. Once they are feeling confident, then I can increase the difficulty of the problems. I will walk them through those more difficult problems until they feel much more confident. Once they feel confident, they will be excited that they are able to accomplish something that they hadn't been able to do before.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Asking questions is the most important thing a teacher can do to find out whether or not a student understands the material. It's not enough to get them to the correct answer, however. They need to be able to explain the process that they took to arrive at the correct answer, as well as provide a rationale for why they chose the answer they did. Common Core standards require different depths of knowledge, so it's important to be sure that they understand the concepts behind different procedures and strategies so that they can apply them in a more broad academic setting.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

You have to start off with more simple and uncomplicated questions. Students need to know that they are capable of solving problems on their own or with a minimal amount of help from their teacher. Once they are confident with the easier aspects of a subject, I would then slowly increase the rigor and depth of the questions until the student is comfortable with the subject area in general, and not just certain aspects of it. As their confidence in individual aspects of the subject increases, their confidence in the entire subject area will increase and they will be further motivated to improve.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Preliminary assessments are a good tool to evaluate students' needs. Finding out where they are academically provides a good jumping off point for instruction, and it gives me the ability to tailor instruction to meet their needs. Adjustments must also be made in teaching as we are working together. I may see a need arise as we are working and may need to adapt my teaching techniques to meet a student's needs in that moment.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I ask a lot of questions as I am teaching, making sure that they understand why they are employing a specific strategy or procedure. When I see that they are struggling with something, I ask leading questions to help them arrive at the correct answer. In this way, I can ensure that they understand the process for themselves.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I use whatever is necessary for a student to be successful depending on the subject area. For example, in a math session, I would have previously pulled up several problems that we will be working on during the session, as well as a calculator, protractor, ruler, compass, manipulatives, or anything else that they may need to solve the problems. In reading, literature, or history, I would have prepared reading passages for use to discuss together. They would also need a highlighter and a pencil so that they can annotate the reading passage and find key words to help them with comprehension.

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