I am a native New Yorker who was born and raised in Queens, and currently resides in Chesapeake, Virginia. I received my formal education in the Lutheran School System and attended Cornell University where I studied Science and Social Science and received my bachelors degree in Biology and Society. As a retired educator who has taught in the public and private school sectors, my focus and energy was and is directed toward helping children who are challenged in the area of literacy and mathematics. In keeping with that goal, I received certification in the Orton-Gillingham Method which trained and equipped me to work with children who are dyslexic.
As an elementary school teacher, I had the opportunity to tutor for several years both privately and in the educational system. There is a proverb that says: Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a life time. As a tutor, I see myself as a facilitator in the learning process who first provides information and then guides my students to explore where, when, and how to apply the information that is given to them. As a tutor, I challenge my students to think critically about what they have learned and to reach their own conclusions in the learning process. There is nothing like that "AHA" moment, when the light bulb comes on, and your students grasp the concept that you are attempting to teach. The look on their faces that says "I get it" coupled with the confidence that accompanies this achievement is priceless and gratifying.
As a tutor, I also understand that every student does not learn the same and it is my responsibility to find the learning strategy that works best for each individual student. For me creativity is critical and I believe you must find what methods work for your student and utilize them. I like to think outside the box and seek to incorporate learning strategies that keep my students engaged in the learning process and allow them to experience success.
Currently I am pursuing my dream of becoming an author. It is my hope that my books will encourage others to embrace and accept their life experiences, and love who they are. It is my desire to motivate and inspire others to use their experiences to pursue their purpose and live their best life. It is my mission to help others to see that no experience is ever wasted.
In my spare time, I enjoy writing, playing word games, and researching information. Summer is my favorite season so I am looking forward to being outdoors, meeting new people, and exploring some activities that I have not done yet. In the future, I am also looking forward to learning a new language or two.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Cornell University - Bachelors, Biology and Society
In my free time, I enjoy: writing, painting, and exercise.
2nd Grade Math
ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep
Elementary School Math
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
There is a proverb that says: “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a life time.” As a tutor, I see myself as a facilitator in the learning process who first provides information and then guides my students to explore where, when, and how to apply the information that is given to them. As a tutor, I challenge my students to think critically about what they have learned and to reach their own conclusions in the learning process. As a tutor, I also understand that every student does not learn the same, and it is my responsibility to find the learning strategy that works best for each individual student. For me creativity is critical, and I believe you must find what methods work for your student and utilize them. I like to think outside the box and seek to incorporate learning strategies that keep my students engaged in the learning process, and allow them to experience success.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In my first session, I would reintroduce myself to the parent and student and get to know more about my student and his/her interests and hobbies. I would share basic information and guidelines about the tutoring sessions, how they will run, and provide my contact information. Based on the feedback from my conversations with the parent prior to our session, I would explore with the student/parent a bit further what their needs are and give some type of assessment to document their strengths and weaknesses. I would also have my first lesson prepared based on the previous parent feedback, and teach or begin to teach what I could depending on the time. To wrap up, I would review what we covered, go over any homework assignments for the next session, and schedule the next session.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
In my opinion, the best way I can help a student become an independent learner is to first give them the necessary information they need to do their work, convey and model what my expectations are with their work, and give them several opportunities to apply the information learned.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would provide them with activities that are hands on and interactive and give them opportunities where they can demonstrate their comprehension of concepts and ideas successfully.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First I would reteach the skill or concept using another method and connect the skill or concept to something they could relate to in real life. Then I would give them problems or activities to solve that would help reinforce the skill.