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Empowering people to be their best selves is incredibly rewarding for me. As a young adult, it had been my plan to become a teacher. During my years at community college, I was a Mathematics Tutor to adults. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in History in 2000, I became a Substitute Teacher for a short time for special education and third grade classes. I enjoyed my tutoring and substitute teaching experiences very much.

After college, I accepted a series of positions outside the education field. These roles included Claims Adjuster, Office Manager, Proposal Coordinator, Technical Editor, Graphic Designer, and Wedding Photographer. More recently, however, I have been working as a Substitute Teacher for students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. These more recent experiences have felt like a "coming home" for me.

I love learning, and I've always enjoyed being immersed in academic environments. More importantly, I love helping others learn. I have the patience and compassion to help students who may be struggling with their studies. I also possess the creativity to challenge students who are ready to take their learning to the next level.

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Nicole’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Old Dominion University - Bachelors, History


reading, traveling, photography, graphic design, yoga, gardening, community-building

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

Elementary School Math


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History


High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History


Homework Support





Social Studies


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that a great teacher is a facilitator or guide. I aim to inspire and encourage students to problem-solve independently, helping them to build confidence, independence, and ultimately a love of learning.

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

I would first find out what lead the student to seek tutoring. I would pose the following questions: Did a parent/guardian or teacher encourage them? What do they hope to get out of tutoring? Is there goal to improve a grade, or is mastery more important? I would find also find out what kind of resources the student is currently to include textbooks, workbooks, and other online resources. I would ask the student to upload some samples of questions or problems they need help with. At that point, we can get to work!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help students become independent learners by actively involve them in the learning process, encouraging them with repeated practice that ultimately leads to mastery and confidence.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Positive affirmations and encouragement are key.

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

First, I would remain patient and change up my approach until I'm able to find a way to reach them, taking into account their unique learning style.

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

I would start with reading materials that are just below their current (expected) reading level, asking them simple questions to build confidence. From there, I would build up to higher reading levels, encouraging more comprehension of more complex concepts.

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

I employ patience, positive affirmations, and the use of repetition of practice problems.

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

I think it's important to find out what subjects the student excels in or is interested in first. I would then work to explore linkages between the subjects they enjoy and those they are struggling with.

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

I would employ friendly drilling, repetition, and assign additional work to be completed outside of the tutoring session.

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