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I recently moved from Southern California to the Spokane, Wa area. I got my Ca teaching Credential from University of La Verne in La Verne, Ca. During this time I worked for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Conejo Valley. I implemented many of my lessons that I created during school in the Boys and Girls club. For student teaching I taught a 2nd grade class and then a 5th grade class. After graduating and getting my credentials, I subbed for two different school districts and was able to do four different long term subbing positions. After the 2014-2015 school year, I also ran my own summer school class teaching 6th, 7th and 8th grade math using the ENgageNY math. I moved to Spokane in Oct of 2015 and started subbing for the Mead School District.

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Shannon’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of La Verne - Current Undergrad, Liberal Studies Elementary Education

Tutoring Subjects

American Sign Language

College English

College Geography

College Level American History

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math



High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History


Homework Support


Middle School Math





Social Studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization



Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe all students learn differently at different speeds, and my goal is to find the way each student learns and teach to their potential.

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

The first session is always about finding out where the student is in that subject. I will present a questioner about how they learn, what they like to learn and a few questions on the subject that I am tutoring to find out where I need to start with the tutoring.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I am all about guiding the student to come up with the right answers. I will take the student step by step, let the student learn from their mistakes and set goals for the student.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

The student and I will sit down at the second session and talk about goals and rewards. A reward could be a game the student likes to play, that has something to do with the learning, but I believe rewards will always keep students motivated to learn.

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

If a student is having a difficult time learning a concept, I will first try the same concept with a different approach. For example, if I am teaching just auditory and visually, then I will change my way of teaching to kinesthetic. If that does not work, then I will take the lesson a step back and find out where the student is having a hard time.

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

There are many strategies that I would use to help students with reading comprehension. I would try and relate the subject to something they already know. I will ask questions throughout the reading to make points of the story, and have students make inferences in the story, just to name a few.

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

I like to find out exactly where the student started to struggle. For example if the student is having a hard time with long division, I will go back to multiplication to make sure they have a strong foundation there.

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

I would start off with a game that is a little lower than their level to make them feel confident and happy in learning.

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

I would give the students simple assessments before moving on to new or harder materials to make sure that the student understands.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Rewards, games, fun activities, and a lot of praise will help to build a student’s confidence.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would give my student an assessment, starting with basic questions and accelerating to more difficult questions to determine a student’s needs.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I would make a lesson easier or harder, more direct instruction to more independent work, depending on each student’s needs and goals.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Pencils, papers, erasers, a deck of playing cards, manipulatives depending on the subject, and computer/internet if possible.

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