My name is Stephanie Chesla, and I have been teaching for five years. I have experience working with students ranging from primary grades all the way through high school. I have a bachelors degree in elementary education, a masters degree in curriculum and instruction, and I finish my masters in gifted and talented education this summer. I love working with students to set and meet academic goals. I am extremely creative, and my student's learning preference is always considered when designing learning opportunities. The opportunity to work with students one on one will allow me to cater specifically to each student's needs. By individualizing all learning, my students get the very best possible opportunity to achieve their goals!
University of Northern Colorado - Bachelors, Elementary Education
University of Phoenix - Masters, Curriculum and Instruction
Elementary School Math
High School English
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching is everything to me. I have had a passion for learning and education for as long as I can recall. As a lifelong learner myself, I hope to always instill that same passion and desire in my students. Education is a place for discovery, learning, curiosity, and expansion. I strive to create a safe and welcoming environment for all students and families. Students are free to explore their own minds and take in the curriculum in their own way without fear of judgment. I believe in having students take ownership of their education through goal setting and progress monitoring.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session I would take time to get to know my client, establish baseline data by giving a pre-assessment in the desired area, and set goals for our future sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe in providing students with the basic knowledge necessary to be successful and allowing them to attempt to expand their abilities as they continue to work. My students will be asked probing questions about how they might attempt a problem or question and why. By asking them what their approach would be, rather than giving them the steps, my students can expand their own knowledge and gain necessary problem solving and critical thinking skills.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Goal setting is a huge component for helping a student stay motivated. By allowing students to be involved in their own goal setting and monitoring, they can see their progress and achievement, which leads to more motivation. I also like to have students participate in activity choice to create a positive mindset surrounding learning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is struggling with learning a skill or concept, I would work to identify what specific step or piece of the concept the student is having difficulty with. We would break down the skill and work through each step to mastery before moving on. I would also make sure to approach the concept from multiple angles and use different strategies to teach the skill.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is a difficult skill for many students. In order to assist students struggling with comprehension, we would start with simple texts and break them down into small parts. First, we work to understand sentences at a time. I work with students on visualizing and identifying key words that will help them understand. Once sentences can be comprehended, students move on to paragraphs, and then finally they move into full passages and more complex texts.