I have been teaching high school and middle school English/Language Arts for eight years, prior to that I worked for eleven years as a newspaper reporter and editor. I love helping students reach their potential, regardless of subject area.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Cincinnati - Bachelors, English Literature
Graduate Degree: Xavier University - Current Grad Student, Secondary Education
Reading, hiking, sports, and cooking.
What is your teaching philosophy?
As a teacher, my role in the classroom is that of a catalyst for education. I believe that students go through a series of crises through their education, and it is my role to help them in making those transitions. Cooperative learning is a key component in this.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Find out their strengths and weaknesses by looking at previous completed work, followed by looking at upcoming assignments for class.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would find the root of the misunderstanding and teach to that gap in their education.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I have students teach me about material to make sure they understand it. If they are comfortable enough to instruct me on it, then they have a firm grasp on the material.