I am a certified English and Social Studies Teacher and am currently employed by the School District of Philadelphia. I have my M.S.Ed from Saint Joseph's University in Secondary Education and my M.A. from CUNY Brooklyn College in History. I received my B.A. in History with minors in Anthropology/Sociology and Business from Pace University.
I have taught both English and Social Studies at the middle and high school level. I love to blend the two subjects together, as they are very similar and can be used to enhanced content. When planning my lesson, I always take into consideration what is relevant and how relatable the content is to my students. My goal is always to ensure that students comprehend the concepts that are being taught, but they learn it in a way that their knowledge of the content will endure.
I strive to be an enthusiastic, creative, and passionate educator, who believes that all children can learn and thrive in a learning environment that is stimulating, comforting and appropriate to their unique talents and abilities. My goal as an educator is to build confidence in my students so they can successfully achieve a specific task. Moreover, I aim to create meaningful lessons that my students can relate, which will enhance their learning.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Pace University-New York - Bachelors, History
Graduate Degree: Saint Joseph's University - Masters, Secondary Education
Reading, Spending time with my dox, Exploring the city, Catching up on TV Shows
College Level American History
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School World History
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I strive to be an enthusiastic, creative, and passionate educator, who believes that all children can learn and thrive in a learning environment that is stimulating, comforting and appropriate to their unique talents and abilities.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My first session with a student would consist of introductions, my teaching style, areas of struggle for the student, goals that student has, and some diagnostic or assessment questions to better understand the areas in which I would need to focus.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Every student learns differently, but the goal is to build confidence in students so that they can complete the task independently. I would follow the 7-step lesson plan to guide the student to independent work. I would model the problem/concept to the student, we would do it together, and when the student feels comfortable, they will try the problem/concept on their own. I think the gradual release model works best, and students are proud and own their work in the end.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
They are many ways to keep students motivated. Providing them with a sense of control is always great because they end up owning their learning. Providing encouragement and praise also helps!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Reinforcing the objective is the key to understanding a skill or concept. As a teacher, I work with students that have different skill sets. Differentiating the information and presenting it in different formats may help the student grasp the information more clearly. Repetition is also a great tool when a student is struggling.