I have worked as a substitute teacher with students from kindergarten to high school in a variety of subjects, as well as working as the editor of the Arkansas Tech University literary magazine. I received degrees in both Creative Writing and Theater at Arkansas Tech University by working hard as a full time student, while also working part time as a server. During this time, I learned the value of hard work and how important it is to do something that you love.
I recently moved to Colorado in order to continue my education. I will be pursing a graduate degree in Creative Writing beginning this summer. I am very passionate about writing and I want students to share in that passion. Through writing I have learned to be a more empathetic and compassionate person. Outside of school I also enjoy yoga and playing video games like Super Mario Bros. I often use my knowledge of video games to relate concepts to students. I love animals and spend a lot of time watching documentaries about them with my dog, Ellie. I am very patient with students. While I value hard work, I also want students to become passionate about their work. I strive to make learning an experience in which students can express themselves.
Undergraduate Degree: Arkansas Tech University - Bachelors, Creative Writing
Video games, yoga, poetry, prose, public speaking, dogs, writing, reading.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During a first session with a student, I will assess the student's goals and begin to get to know a bit about the student. This will allow us to talk a bit about how the student can reach these goals and will give me some knowledge about topics that the student can relate to.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Showing students that the concepts they are learning relate to their own experience helps them become an independent learner. Linking together subjects that students regularly think about with the material they are learning helps them see the value of the material and makes them contemplate the material more often.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Students with a lack of motivation are the students that you must be the most patient with. Whenever you begin a workout program, you don't run four miles the first day. You start out by just walking around the block. When I work with an unmotivated student, I balance the material with discussing the student's interests and relate these interests to the material. As studies continue, the student becomes more and more concentrated on the material. I also like to discuss the student’s long term goals and have a plan in place about how these goals can be met. I always encourage students and remind them that they are doing a great job by working towards a goal.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is having difficultly learning a concept, I relate this concept to various ideas that the student can understand. As a Creative Writing major, I have learned that a metaphor can go a long way, and I use this to my advantage when teaching. If the student doesn't seem to understand when I explain the skill or concept one way, I will continue to explain it in different ways until they understand. I realize that different students learn in different ways and sometimes all it takes to help them learn a difficult concept is to be patient.