I am a passionate educator who loves to see students grow and succeed. I earned a bachelor's degree in Language Arts Education at Ohio University. After graduating I joined Teach For America and taught high school English and Special Education for two years, followed by two years of middle school English and math. I am now completing my M.Ed. in K-12 Reading from Mercer University.
I have had diverse experiences teaching English in rural, urban, and suburban schools as well as internationally in South Africa and Costa Rica. Besides teaching, I enjoys playing the violin, cooking, and being outdoors.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Ohio University-Main Campus - Bachelors, Secondary Education
Graduate Degree: Mercer University - Masters, M.Ed. Reading Education
ACT English: 35
ACT Reading: 34
SAT Verbal: 770
SAT Writing: 740
GRE Verbal: 165
Violin, Shakespeare, Movies, Travel
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
7th Grade Reading
7th Grade Writing
8th Grade Reading
8th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Introduction to Poetry
Middle School Reading
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that all students can be successful if they work hard. Learning is fun and fulfilling.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know them on a personal basis and also learn their goals, strengths, and weaknesses.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Give them study strategies and make them feel confident in themselves.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Give them the skills and strategies they need to feel competent, and feel that success is within their grasp.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Go through it slowly, step by-step, using real-world examples and relating to things they have already mastered.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Give them strategies that successful readers use: re-reading when they don't understand a passage, using context clues to determine the meanings of unfamiliar words, asking questions and making predictions as you read, and making connections between the text and your prior knowledge.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Constant encouragement and positive feedback, especially at the beginning of sessions in order to build confidence and motivation.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would give them examples of times I have struggled at first but then got better, and help them feel successful through practice and positivity.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Continuous informal assessment of lessons I teach-checks for understanding throughout the sessions.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive feedback and encouragement, and providing opportunities for self-reflection.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Diagnostic data, as well as informal surveys and conversations.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I am a very responsive educator, making sure I fill in gaps in student knowledge as I work with them as needed.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use high-interest texts, as well as reliable, valid test sample questions that will prepare students for the assessment they are taking.