Hello! Nice to meet you! My name is Alisha E. Teaching is my passion! When I see the looks on my students faces when they achieve academic success it makes me so proud! I am very much a people person which helps me reach all the students I teach, whether adult or child.
I am an Arizona Certified teacher with a valid fingerprint clearance card. I grew up and went to high school in the Philadelphia area and then attended the University of Arizona where I earned a degree in Political Science. I earned my Master's degree in Education Leadership and Administration at Northern Arizona University. After spending 11 years teaching in Paradise Valley Unified School District, it was time for a change so now I am now a full time tutor.
My experience as a teacher was not solely in the classroom. I have spent 10 years tutoring home bound students for the school district in a wide range of subjects, but focused mainly on math. (I tutor up through Algebra 3-4 and Geometry. I can tutor most subjects through the high school level aside from foreign languages and sciences.) In addition as a teacher, I was a leader on my campus as part of our leadership team and Student Council Adviser.
My philosophy as a tutor is to work with the student one on one and to connect with him or her. As a middle school teacher, by doing this, I was the fun, popular teacher on campus. My performance evaluations say that, and I have thousands of former students who would say that as well, but most importantly I get results!
I would love to help you out! Contact me now so I can help YOU achieve SUCCESS!
Alisha E., M.Ed.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is based on relationships. There must be trust between teacher and student for learning to occur. I like to get to know my students, because as I am explaining difficult concepts it is best to put them in terms that the individual student understands.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session I will look over the work that a student is currently assigned. I will assess their abilities based on where they are while asking questions to see if there is scaffolded information they are missing. Most importantly, I spend an extra fifteen minutes on my dime to get to know my students.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student can become an independent learner by successfully completing the different levels of instruction. First the student must listen to the teacher. Next the teacher should model the skill and the student shall follow. The teacher will guide the student as they complete a problem. Finally the student should be able to solve the problems independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated by increasing their confidence. When a student feels that they know the material they take more risks and increase their knowledge, which makes them more comfortable with the subject areas.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When a student has difficulty with a skill, the best way to reach him or her is to break the material down to smaller chunks. Once a student has mastered all of the component skills they can put it back together.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help students struggling with reading comprehension by having students break down the reading into chunks for closer reading. We take it a paragraph at a time, evaluating meaning in each sentence one at a time to process it bit by bit. Then we put all of our notes together at the end to evaluate the entirety of the reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I create rapport with all my students from the moment I meet them. When students get to know me, they feel more comfortable, which allows them to open up and communicate with me about their struggles. The old adage is true: "They don't care what you know, until they know that you care."