I am a certified teacher with twenty years of experience teaching in various settings: classroom, home school, church, online. I have been teaching online for five years. Being able to connect with students from all over the country has been a wonderful experience for me. When I'm not teaching, I love spending time with my family. I enjoy reading, singing, and taking very amateur photos of the glorious mountains surrounding me. I also enjoy writing and directing plays for my church. Why do I love online tutoring? Online tutoring gives students and their parents much more flexibility in scheduling tutoring sessions. Online tutoring also offers tutoring help at a much more affordable rate as well. I have been able to successfully tutor students online as young as five years old. I love when my students are so engaged, they feel their session has just flown by.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Angelo State University - Bachelors, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
family, singing, music, reading, writing, plays, being outside, photography,
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe every child can learn, but every child needs the opportunity to have the teaching customized to his/her needs.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would do an activity, such as a short game, to help the student become more comfortable. During this time, I would engage the student in conversation to help me better modify the lesson to his/her needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I tell my students my job is to put myself out of business. I not just work with them on the material, but engage them to discover how they could work on this independently. I work on giving them tools to solve the problems or discover the answers on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Hopefully, I've learned of some of the student's interests by then, so I can use that as the content to work on the needed skills. I enjoy developing my own lesson material to fit the student's interests. I also, when available, like to send the student emails as an encouragement and to let the student he/she is important to me; not just during the tutoring session.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, learn which method had been used to introduce and teach the material. Second, avoid that method. I would modify the material according to the student.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Language, language, language. Often, the trouble with reading comprehension is the students are not understanding the language of the reading passage. When asked, most students don't even know what "reading comprehension" means. I then go over numerous concepts with the student to aid in comprehension. I have found that usually working with vocabulary and tricky language (figurative language, homophones) on a consistent basis while working on the other concepts of reading comprehension, is helpful.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The best strategy is to get to know the student and show you have an interest in him/her. Don't require the student to leave his/her comfort zone at the very beginning. I like to provide what I call "encouraging accountability".
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
After I’ve found out a student's interests, I would tailor the material around that interest to get the student engaged.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I use questions to check for understanding. However, one of my favorite ways to have my student demonstrate his/her knowledge is to have him/her "teach" me the concept.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I share with the student struggles I might have had with that subject. I also start with simpler aspects of the subject to help the student feel confident. I give the student praise to help encourage and build confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I value parental input that I may have received in an email about what the student is needing; whether it be remedial or for enrichment. I also like to ask the student what exactly he feels is his struggle is with that subject. I ask the student when does he feel he starts to have trouble.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I generate a lot of my own resources. I often will make a worksheet or game over the student's needs that are being worked on in our sessions.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use online documents, websites, and PowerPoint presentations. I also use visual aids or flashcards that I hold up to the camera. For younger students, I often have them use physical movement during the session to keep them engaged.