I'm prompt, patient, and come with plenty of experience! In addition to my education and administrative experience, I bring my personal passion for education and connecting with students, engaging parents, and working successfully with other educators and families, which help to make me a successful educator.
In 2006 I worked a semester as a Teacher's Aid at The Christian Hope Academy on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio. The young men in our classroom ranged in age from 12 to 18 and were all from inner city neighborhoods. They called the academy their temporary home because of prior criminal offenses. I found myself working in a classroom that was very diverse: I had to learn how to work with Individual Education Plans, manage conflicts, and maintain focus in a difficult classroom. With each student at a different grade level, the curriculum had to be tailored for every individual. The one-on-one interaction needed to administer their curriculum led to improved grades and increased enthusiasm for some of the boys.
I worked as a paraprofessional in a classroom for students with severe autism. The challenges that autistic students face can be unique, frustrating, and dangerous. Our limited understanding of the condition is an obstacle, but our students continue to learn when their minds are stimulated, and with confidence-building instruction. The teaching staff must always be mindful of students' individual needs, and above this, be patient. I believe it is important for an educator to have the utmost patience, especially when working with a student who has special challenges.
Because effective communication is my specialty, I consistently use it as a mainstay in my approach to my work ethic. I worked as a tutor for an after-school program called College Bound for Kids for close to two years in Los Angeles, California. During this time, I met with each teacher individually and many parents to discuss their child's progress. I also took specific notes pertaining to the progress of nearly 100 students in order to ensure that the tutoring offered was providing the best help. I then relayed all feedback I received to my fellow tutoring staff, educators and families. We all worked together as a team, and as a result students excelled, parents were more aware, our staff was better prepared, and I felt like a part of that community. No other teaching experience has been as rewarding as that time in my life. During this time, my passion for working in a classroom setting was solidified. My goal is to continue going above and beyond as a Varsity Tutor.
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Memphis - Bachelors, Communications
SciFi books and movies, Art, Origami, Hip Hop history, Geometry
What is your teaching philosophy?
Build confidence. Praise success. Correct the mistakes as a team. Look for new challenges. Be patient. Be consistent.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
-Introductions. -Quick Assessment (can be finished at home.) -Complete and check homework aloud. -Talk about a normal school day for the student. -Set plans and expectations for the next tutoring session. -Quick goodbye with positive energy!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students learn to seek knowledge independently when they are confident, when they are involved, and when their individual fascinations and curiosities are explored.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
We are all only limited by our idea of ourselves. I always try to convey to students that their potential is only limited by their effort, and that it will always pay off.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would teach or demonstrate the skill in a different way.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I read with them. Afterwards, I talk with them about what we read. I would repeat this process as often as I could, while imploring the student to ask any questions that they might have.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I try to take a holistic approach to each and every pedagogic endeavor.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to find an entry point that related to that particular student's interests.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Conversation on the topic and/or a student retelling of the material can show comprehension. Often, I will ask a student if they can teach the material to someone else.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I try to remind a student of the skills that they have mastered and of how difficult their progress has been. I try to remind them of how they have persevered.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I listen to the parent(s). I ask questions. We assess the student's current skills with a simple but comprehensive exercise and plan from there.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I try to take a holistic approach to the learning process. If our ultimate goal is academic and social growth, those things must take priority in every instance.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I like to use dry erase boards or computers as much as possible. Some assignments must be done on paper. Pencils and paper or dry erase boards are optimal when paired with any books provided by the school.