I grew up in a family that valued education, with a mother who is now a retired teacher. I have worked with all age groups in a variety of educational settings since I was a teen. I just love interacting with kids and teens and helping them learn. I have had the pleasure of seeing so many students either get excited over learning something new and having their world open up that much more or having a student finally have the a-ha moment when a difficult topic suddenly makes sense. I look forward to working with you and your family to achieve your learning and education goals.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Scripps College - Bachelors, media studies
Graduate Degree: Oregon College of Art and Craft - Masters, Photography
10th Grade Math
11th Grade Math
12th Grade Math
1st Grade Math
1st Grade Reading
2nd Grade Math
2nd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Science
4th Grade Math
4th Grade Reading
4th Grade Science
5th Grade Math
5th Grade Reading
5th Grade Science
6th Grade Math
6th Grade Reading
6th Grade Science
7th Grade Math
8th Grade Math
9th Grade Math
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
High School English
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Caring about my students is at least as important as actually teaching them.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During a first session with a student, I will spend some time finding out what they are and aren't comfortable with in the tutoring subject. We'll talk about how long they've been having problems, what their goals are for tutoring, and what we should work on to achieve those goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
To help a student become an independent learner, I will point out general study skills or work habits they should be incorporating into their learning/homework.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated in multiple ways. First off, I would remind them of their reason for getting tutoring in the first place (to pass a class, to get into a school, etc.) so they will have a reason to keep working. I would also point out what they have achieved so far so that they don't feel like they are just wasting their time or getting nowhere.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is having trouble understanding a skill or concept, there is probably something else they do not understand, and they don't even realize it. For example, having trouble learning fractions may come from not understanding division as well as they should. I would take a step or two back with the student and make sure they really understand the things they need to know in order to move on to this new skill or concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When a student struggles with reading comprehension, I make sure that they really understand what they are reading - as in, words in the story that they don't understand. Many students just rush past words they don't understand rather than taking the time to find out their definitions. I also enjoy discussing a passage that a student has just read and answering any questions they may have about it, or finding ways to relate it to their own lives.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build a student's confidence in a subject by staying positive, meeting them where they are at in their skill level, and praising them often for working hard.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I ask them what they have had trouble with in school, give them some assorted problems/questions to test their skills, get input from their parents/guardians on what they have observed, and find out what the student needs to be able to do in order to meet their goals.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
When I work with a student, I am in no hurry to work any faster than is necessary for the student. If they need to keep practicing a skill, that is what we do. If they need to take a step or two back, we can do that too.