I received my BA in early childhood education from Chatham University and am certified to teach PreK-4th grade in Pennsylvania. I am also proficient in Spanish and particularly enjoy working with English Language Learners. I completed my student teaching at the Environmental Charter School and my experiences outside of the classroom have equipped me with highly effective teaching tools. I have traveled to Thailand, the Dominican Republic, the Amazon Jungle and Zambia for service work. I founded an equestrian center twenty-five minutes from Pittsburgh in 2007 and manage this company. Moreover, I direct summer camps through The Ellis School and founded Pony Passion Camp at Winchester Thurston School. I am an honest, resilient, reliable and creative individual. I use Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, manipulative and authentic learning assessments in my tutor sessions. I bring my unique experiences into tutoring sessions to create a positive learning environment and help produce socially responsible and globally competent individuals.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Chatham University - Bachelors, Early Childhood Education
Running, hiking, biking, equestrian sports, anything outdoors!
Elementary School Math
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
You can help a student become an independent learner by providing them with the materials and tools for high achievement. There are many methods to solve problems and become an independent learner. The most effective teachers empower students to use a variety of tools in multiple modalities so they are prepared for any academic obstacle.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every student has the right to feel empowered, safe and challenged. I use Gardner's Multiple Intelligences to tailor lessons to each student. I believe the greatest teachers show their student a picture without telling them what to see.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student, I will get to know their likes, dislikes and create a strong home-school connection with the family. By understanding the way my student learns best, I can effectively teach material and help them improve test scores and boost confidence.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated by explaining the importance of the material they need to learn. Students often lack motivation because they do not understand the importance of material. I will present material in a variety of ways such as games, songs, and manipulatives. Moreover, I use positive reinforcement and multiple methods of authentic assessment to help motivate students.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I will assess their prior knowledge of the concept. The student may not understand the new skill because they lack appropriate prior knowledge. I will then provide more direct instruction for the target skill and use the method of teaching in which the student is most receptive.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help students with reading comprehension by clarifying new vocabulary and doing a book talk. I ask students to retell passages to check for comprehension and clarify any misinterpretations of the story. Students can also use word webs, dialogue boxes and concept maps to help with reading comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The most successful strategy when you start to work with a student is to find out their likes, dislikes and any challenges they need to overcome. This helps the teacher determine the way this student best learns. Students need to be actively engaged in the learning process.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would use authentic materials, books, songs, games and even change the location of the tutor setting (e.g. go outside) to get a student excited/engaged with a subject they struggle in. The mode in which teachers use to present material can help a student engage in a subject they are struggling in.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I use both formative and summative assessment to be sure a student understands the material. Students can retell the information, answer informal questions or show a thumbs up/thumbs down if they understand the material. Summative assessment includes mini-quizzes, tests, essays or projects the student completes to demonstrate their knowledge of material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I can build a student's confidence by assessing their prior knowledge and presenting the appropriate level of material. I can encourage the student to think aloud with their learning process to help clarify any misconceptions about the material. Informal assessments and positive reinforcement can help build student confidence. Moreover, I can use songs, games, books and art to help build confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by setting a benchmark goal at the beginning of the tutoring session. I track student data throughout the sessions to reevaluate their needs and adjust learning material.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt tutoring to the student's needs by knowing how each student learns best. There is not a "cookie cutter" way to tutor because each child is different. I use my students likes/dislikes and academic background to present material in an attainable and creative way.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I typically use books, worksheets, art material, an iPad and notebook in a tutoring session.