Hello! My name is Ms. Iris and I have over 10 years of experience teaching and caring for children from early childhood thru middle school, with a primary focus on Pre-Kindergarten. I have taught in after-school programs, public and private school, as well as summer school programs. My favorite subjects to teach are Language Arts, Spanish, and ESL. There is just something about languages that I am gravitated to and know that it is something that will remain a passion of mine. In a previous job, I worked with Speech Therapists to assess children’s language skills. As a team, parents/guardians, therapists and I created learning goals for each child. I had over 50 children on my caseload and accompanied therapists to home visits in order to observe and monitor each child’s progress.
Tutoring was the answer to a question I asked myself years ago, “How can I teach students yet ensure I am able to cater to each learning style?” It has been a wonderful journey determining my career path and I want to continue helping the next generation with their academic and personal success. It is such a rewarding experience to modify and cater lessons to a student’s learning style. Everyone learns differently and at their own pace. How a student learns is very contingent to how I support them in tutoring sessions. This is something that I am very passionate about.
I have a Bachelors degree in Spanish and Masters degree in Education. Currently, I am in school to obtain an English as a Second Language (ESL) Teaching Certificate. I am seeking to build my knowledge and teaching experiences; therefore, I would love the opportunity to also work with adolescents and adults. I am a fun, bubbly and passionate teacher who will strive to support my students in reaching their academic success.
Iris May’s Qualifications
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Seattle University - Bachelors, Spanish
Graduate Degree: Antioch University-Seattle - Masters, Education
On my spare time, I like to workout, read non-fiction inspirational stories, visit my mom, and work on arts and craft activities.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that teachers should familiarize themselves with every student in the classroom. As a teacher, it is my duty to learn how each student learns. Instruction should be differentiated to meet the needs of every student. To be able to reach out to every learner, I make sure every lesson plan has appropriate accommodations. Students are not only learners, but individuals as well. I firmly believe that every child carries unique abilities and characteristics about themselves. My role is to learn, understand, and embrace their qualities in order to support their individuality. Once students feel their identity is acknowledged and respected, they are able to excel in their learning environment. I believe that teachers should familiarize themselves with students.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In my first session, it is important that I ensure my student is comfortable with me so I typically start off with informal conversations. This is a great time for me to get to know my student and learn about their interests and dislikes. Afterwards, I explain what we will be working on in the tutoring session and let the student know that I will leave a progress note with their parent/guardian at the end of the session. If needed, I will discuss homework activities that can support them throughout the week until our next session.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I use positive reinforcement, praise, and acknowledgement so that students can continue with their activities and assignments.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Constructive feedback is an approach that I have used quite often. By providing constructive feedback, my students become aware of what they need to do to progress in a specific area. I use questioning as scaffolding. I ask open-ended questions that help promote problem-solving and thinking skills. I also like to involve my students in lesson planning and activities. I have learned that this offers responsibility and involvement in their own learning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Sometimes it takes a review to simply refresh their minds of a skill or concept that they worked on before. I also review concepts the student worked on as a closing to tutoring sessions.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
During the session, I present activities/games for the student to participate in that uses the key concepts of the material he/she is working on. I also provide homework to students, which gives them the opportunity to work independently on the material we worked on throughout the tutoring session.