I am a dual certified teacher who has taught in DC Public Schools and in Chicago Charter Schools. Additionally I was a instructional coach for Chicago Public Schools. I am currently in the DC area getting my doctorate at George Washington University in education. I am certified in both Special Education and English. Additionally, I work with alternative teaching programs to certify potential teachers who want accreditation in Washington, DC. Currently, I have directed many interests toward writing. I helped co-author a book, "Why The Sun Rises", which is currently being launched in New York and DC and I have an article currently awaiting publication.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: George Washington University - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: American University - Masters, Curriculum and Instruction
Flag Football, Reading, Finishing my degree!, writing.
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
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Math
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Writing
Q & A
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
As a teacher, we are trained in gradual release of responsibility. I believe the heavy ac
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would break the skill down into manageable chunks and work with them to put it together so they are not overwhelmed.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
As a reading intervention specialist, my job specifically puts me in contact with students who have reading fluency and comprehension issues. Many times I like to have them read by themselves, and let them take the heavy lifting. I break down paragraphs and ask them to explain the written words in their own words.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Many times, I have noticed that students fail to imagine the words they are reading in their head. So, I not only engage them by looking up images of certain words. I may ask them to make a comic strip to match a story. Asking them to read their writing out loud has worked as a great editing strategy for me.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Unfortunately, I think many students lose interest in subjects because they "find it too hard". If a student is struggling with a concept, I find that I can regain interest by asking them how they might use it in the real world or their dream job. I also break down the concept into more manageable tasks.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I think avoiding a subject a student is not good in is problematic and teaches the student ways to get around a skill set. Often, students excel at subjects they may have avoided due to lack of confidence. I like to build confidence by letting my students achieve small successes to build up their confidence in a subject.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate my student’s needs through talking to them initially, and I would want to talk to their parent or guardian as well. I also take into account their grades if they are accessible to me. As I work with a student, I notice their strengths and weaknesses as well over time.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Personally, I can tutor whenever and with whatever materials are given to me. But, to make the absolute best of a tutoring session, I would like to know what my student would like to work on and any documents with it earlier on, so I can be better prepared for the session.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every student can learn and that it is the educator’s job to meet him or her at his or her level and push them to their academic best.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Usually, I like to get to know the student and what engages their interest. I also like them to talk to me about their strengths and weaknesses as well. In addition, I want to get to get to know their learning styles to better teach them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I have found that oftentimes to engage students we should try to relate the subject to their interests. I have noticed that students tend to lose motivation when the material is too difficult and can't be reached.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I use multiple checks for understanding. Usually one on one, I tend to stop and ask questions regarding the concept to make sure the student is understanding the material or check for misunderstanding, in case I need to re-direct the learning.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
One of the main ways I adapt to my student's needs is by making sure that I take into account my student's learning style and try to make sure that I use that to deliver learning. I also think the tutoring is meant to build up a student's confidence in subjects that they are not comfortable with, and by working one on one, I feel like I am better equipped to achieve this.