I have been a math teacher for 16 years, in both public and private schools. I enjoy using my knowledge to teach students the enjoyment of math. I have a BA in Biology and a BA in Mathematics. I also hold a CA Teaching Credential in Mathematics. I have taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry. I enjoy using technology to help students learn, I have even written my own iBook that is used for my current Algebra 1 Class.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my 3 children(ages 15,13,10) As a family we enjoy taking our Kayak and paddle board out to the beach. We also have many pets: 2 dogs, 2 cats, a gecko and a bird. When we are not at the beach, we are going on hikes with our dogs or going on Boy scout camping/hiking trips.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Western Govenors University - Bachelors, Mathematics
I enjoy going to the beach and taking the kayak or paddle board out.
Q & A
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty with a concept, I go back to the foundation of the concepts and then build up from there.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help students who are struggling with reading comprehension by breaking down the directions or passage.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
A strategy that I have found to be the most successful, is to gain an understanding of what the student knows and understands about the area that we are working on; that way I can build upon what they already know.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by asking them what they are working on, how they feel about the topic, and then giving them a few examples to work through to demonstrate if they have a grasp of the concepts and find out where they may have struggles.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Depending on the setting, I may only use pen and paper. I also have various resources such as worksheets and textbooks. If available, I can also use the iPad or interactive whiteboards.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all students are capable of learning and excelling at mathematics. I feel that it is my job to help them gain confidence in their ability to do math!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In my first session with a student I would take time to understand and assess their current math background. I would get the details of their current class curriculum, and then start by assessing their strengths and challenges within their current class.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help students become independent by building up their confidence in the math content. I do this using several guided practice problems before letting them do the problems on their own.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
To help a student get excited with a difficult subject, I would build their confidence by starting with the basics and allowing the student to have success. With this success comes a sense of pride, and I would then build upon their positive experience.