I am a graduate of Seton Hall University with a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education. I, also, have a Masters Degree in Counseling Education. I have 16 years experience teaching in an elementary school setting. I love working with children and helping them learn in the way that best suits their needs.
On-on-one tutoring is especially helpful with those students who are struggling with their every day academics. The attention they will receive will help build their skill set and confidence in the area that they struggle most. For the past 14 years, I have been tutoring elementary and middle school children. I enjoy teaching reading, writing and math at the elementary school level. I, also, have experience working with reading and writing at the middle school level. Additionally, I have helped prepare children for the NJASK testing and recently the PARCC testing.
I would be excited to have the opportunity to work with your child and help them succeed at all their academic endeavors.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Seton Hall University - Bachelors, Elementary/ Special Education
Graduate Degree: Kean University - Masters, Counseling Education
Spending time with my family and friends, reading, exercising, going to the beach and baking.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student can learn. All it takes is being creative and using different strategies to teach each skill.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During a first session, it would be most important to take some time to find out the student's interests and what areas they need help with most. Making the student comfortable with you is the key to successful tutoring sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
To help a student become an independent learner, you need to increase their confidence in the area they are struggling most.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
To keep a student motivated, I would make the tutoring sessions fun and interesting.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
To help a student learn a difficult skill or concept, I would teach him/her different strategies to solve the problem. I would, also, break down the problem into simpler steps so they can understand the skill or concept better.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would help a student struggling with reading comprehension by reading different passages or stories together and asking different types of questions throughout the story. After the story is completed, I would have them show their understanding answering an open-ended question I create.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
To get a student engaged or excited about a subject they struggle in, I would find out their interests and use their interests to explain different subject matter in a way they understand.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The technique I would use to see if a child understands the material is to create questions and have the student explain the steps they used to find the answer.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would build a student's confidence in a subject by using positive reinforcement, and by breaking down each part of problem presented into smaller steps so they can understand the subject matter better.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would evaluate a student's needs by presenting them with practice problems of various levels of difficulty to see where they stand.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt tutoring to the child's needs by getting to know them and learning their academic abilities.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During a tutoring session, I would use worksheets, books, or create different questions for the subject I am teaching. Since I work in a school, I have many manipulatives and materials available to use during the tutoring sessions.