I graduated college in 2009 from California State University - Sacramento with my Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. During college I participated in collegiate athletics (football). Immediately after graduation, I decided to extend my football career and take my chances with the professional level. I completed 6 years at the professional level from 2009-2014. Upon completion of my athletic career, I stepped into the world of Education. Enrolling into a Masters of Education/California Teaching Credentials program at Alliant International University (AIU) in 2015. I am still currently enrolled at AIU and have an anticipated graduation date of Fall 2016. I am earning my teaching credentials as an Education Specialist Mild to Moderate. I am currently employed with San Diego Unified School District as an Education Specialist. I work primarily with special needs students that have fallen behind in their academics due to their disabilities. I provide in-class support as well as small group instruction in a separate classroom. I work with students in all core subject areas such as math, literacy, reading, science, and history.
I have a very straight forward teaching philosophy. I am huge on Student Agency. Meaning, getting students to take responsibility for their own learning verse me just lecturing and throwing information at them. I engage students into a lesson by asking prompting questions to where they are forced to think on their own in order to draw out information from that particular lesson. I do more facilitating learning oppose to lecturing.
I have several hobbies such as, fitness, sports, water activities, and spending time with my family. I also love traveling and seeing the world. During my professional football career I was afforded the opportunity to play professionally in Europe as well as in America. During my time in Europe I got to travel to over 25 cities and countries.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Sacramento - Bachelors, Business Administration and Management
Graduate Degree: Alliant International University - Masters, Education
Water activities, sports, hanging out with my family
Elementary School Math
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated by giving students goals and reaching those goals. When a student see's themselves reaching their goals then they become more excited about learning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try different delivery methods and continue to reinforce the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
There are several strategies, such as guided reading, read aloud, independent reading, graphic organizers etc.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I usually start by scaffolding. I will start with what a student already knows to build their confidence and then build from there.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Give a student a formal assessment and/or some sort of project-based activity to give them an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the subject content.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends on the student and the subjects in which the student is struggling. Some sort of manipulative will be used in order to give the student access to grade level material.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Student Agency - Meaning, students take responsibility for their own learning. Instead of me lecturing to a student, I would have them interact with their peers (or me) to come up with answers on their own. I am more of a facilitator vs a lecturer.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would assess a student to see where they currently are academically.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
1. Sequencing Instruction 2. Recovery from Mistake 3. Goal Setting
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know the students. This helps me build a connection with the student, which helps engage them into learning.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By goal setting; when students hit goals they have set out for themselves, they tend to gain confidence in that subject area.