I have over fifteen years of educational experience and absolutely love teaching. I have experience teaching and or tutoring from students in kindergarten to college-level students. I have a passion for literacy and enjoy teaching reading, English-language arts, and writing.
I am a fairly laid back person with a personality that is welcoming to most individuals. My hobbies are reading, listening to music, binge watching television shows, and attending musical concerts. In my spare time, I enjoy writing poetry.
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - Bachelors, Psychology
Graduate Degree: Argosy University-Sarasota - PHD, Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
My hobbies include collecting postcards, listening to music, and writing poetry.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is to allow students to become global, lifetime learners. This is accomplished not by covering material, but by ensuring that students are grasping important concepts and reaching their learning potential.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During initial sessions, I like to get an idea of the expectations needed from the learner and how we might best be able to accomplish that goal.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
When students become more confident and take charge of their learning experiences, they are becoming independent learners. This does not happen automatically, but is gradually learned over time.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I am very animated and lively. This helps in keeping students on task. I also like to take short, frequent breaks whenever students are becoming exhausted with the workload.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I try to use as many tools as possible to allow students to grasp the new skill. For example, it helps knowing how best the student learns--tactile, visual, or auditory. Knowing this information allows me to switch up the delivery of instruction.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Practice, practice, practice. I like to have students orally read during each session. This helps me hone in on what specific words or patterns the student is having difficulty with. The comprehension difficulties stem from understanding of the reading text, so that is always a first step to help the student.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
First, I do a get to know you activity. This has proven to be very helpful with the younger students. They appreciate you more when you know a little something about them. I also like to sit with the student and parents to know exactly what it is they want to get from the sessions. That gives me a starting point of how to guide the subsequent lessons.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I try to make any subject I teach as fun as possible. I often use real-world applications for the older students.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
There has to always be some culminating activity for independent practice. This is one way to ensure that the student understands the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I offer praise whenever an opportunity arises. I also like to make practical applications, such as specific knowledge that has be learned from a previous session. Additionally, frequent exposure to the subject helps build confidence as well.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Once you build a rapport with the student, after several sessions, you get an idea of what the student's needs are and how best to approach them. I keep checklists of skills learned and rank the skills based on how well the student is doing.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
As a tutor, you have to have adaptability. Some students thrive on the least amount of distractions and less talk time, while others may thrive on more talk time with a not too quiet environment. Knowing your student's needs will help you as a tutor to adjust accordingly.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends on the subject. For lower elementary students in reading, I usually keep basal readers, pencils, crayons, and a magnifying glass (for new vocabulary words). For elementary math students, I keep scratch paper, pencils, erasers, protractor, multiplication facts on index cards, etc. For writing students, I keep folders with types of writing, examples of writing (every grade level), and a list of transitional words.