I have over ten years of experience in education, serving as a Teacher, Dean of Students, Reading Intervention Specialist, After School Director and Principal. In my current role, I don’t have as much interaction with students, thus I am excited to tutor and support students in other ways. I’m truly passionate about helping students succeed and reach their full potential. The majority of my experience is with middle school and elementary students, however, I enjoy working with students of all ages. I relish in supporting students in a variety of subjects, including math, reading and writing. Given my experience as a Reading Intervention Specialist, I am particularly skilled at filling gaps in the areas of reading and writing. I have a B.A. in Sociology and Black Studies of University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles. Besides education, I love to hike, practice yoga, cook, and play with my adorable Beagle!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Santa Barbara - Bachelors, Sociology & Black Studies
Graduate Degree: California State University-Los Angeles - Masters, Business Administration and Management
Reading, Yoga, Cooking, Hiking, Football, Dogs
College Level American History
Elementary School Math
High School Business
High School English
High School Level American History
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that relationships are the foundation for academic success. You must build a solid relationship in order for meaningful academic work to be achieved. I believe that EVERY student can be successful, no matter the circumstances.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know the student and allow them to get to know me. This might include a short game or activity. Then, I would want to determine their academic strengths and needs, as well as their preferred learning style. Based on that information, I would work with the student to develop goals for our sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can do this by following the "gradual release" model, which is modeling and supporting the student through the work, then gradually turning over more and more of the cognitive lift to them, until they are doing it on their own and thereby feeling confident and successful.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
This would depend largely on the age of the student. For grade K, 1 and 2, students are really motivated by stickers and small items. For older students it might be working towards something they are really interested in, such as a special outing with their parent, a game, etc. Other students are intrinsically motivated and I would encourage their desire to reach their academic goals by creating a tracker so they could chart their accomplishments toward their larger goal.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
This depends on the skill. If it was math, I would model the skill using a "think aloud" strategy and walk them through the problem step by step. If it was in reading or writing, I would try to ask questions about where their confusion or misconceptions lie. Then, I would address those through the use of an example, a think aloud, an example that relates to their life, or a connection to previous learning. I would also reassure them that they are quite capable of mastering the concept and to not get discouraged!
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Students can struggle with reading comprehension for a variety of reasons- it could be due to phonics, lack of interest in the subject, or vocabulary. I would first try to figure out the source of the struggle. Then, we would practice with text at their independent reading level (which might be below their actual grade level) to help them gain confidence in their ability to understand what they are reading. Then, we would slowly progress to more challenging material.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know the student and helping them feel confident are really important. This includes sharing a little about yourself. I would want to get to know the student as person as well as a learner. By understanding how they feel about school, and what their strengths are, I can better develop lessons that will meet their needs.