I am a certified K-12 Spanish teacher in Minnesota and am in my third year of teaching. I also received a minor in Mathematics during my undergraduate studies, so I am confident in teaching middle school math subjects, Algebra 1 and 2, and Geometry. I love helping students get to the "aha" moment in their understanding of a topic or subject, and I enjoy working with them in their education journey. I love reading, coffee, traveling, singing, and Netflix. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to hearing from you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Augustana College - Bachelors, Spanish, K-12 Education, International Studies (minor in Mathematics)
reading, traveling, swimming, skiing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." - Confucius
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would find out a little more about the student first - hobbies, favorite movie/book, etc. Then, I would discuss with the student his/her end goal of working with a tutor and how we will get there. I would have the student tell me his/her "relationship" with the subject at hand, explain what is currently a challenge, and explain what is understood very well. Finally, we would make a game plan for the tutoring sessions and get started on mastering the material!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will help students by encouraging them to use their own resources and helping them explain how they arrived to a certain answer or response. This way, they will grow in confidence in their own ability to solve a problem and in their understanding of steps to take to arrive to a solution.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I will help students stay motivated by staying positive myself during the tutoring sessions and discouraging students' using of negative self-talk ("I can't do it", "I give up", etc.). I will praise them for working hard and for their persistence in working at a subject.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is struggling to master a skill or concept, I would go back to the basics with them and work forward from there. I would make sure they understand the basics and building blocks of the concept before moving on.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found it is best to make sure students understand I am there to help and that I am on their side. Consistency is key, so I make sure I am consistently helpful, 100% "there" during a session, and patient as I guide them in their understanding.