I have been an educator for over fifteen years. I have had the opportunity to work with children, young adults, adults, and I have also trained other educators. I completed my M.S. Reading degree with Texas A & M University-Commerce and my Ed.D. in Administrator Leadership with Walden University. I love teaching and I enjoy seeing my students gain new insights and learn more about themselves as they work to reach their goals. I've had the pleasure of teaching education, reading, and writing classes at the collegiate level for over seven years. Prior to starting a career in higher education, I taught elementary grades 1-6 and served as an instructional reading coach in Dallas, TX.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Houston - Bachelors, Business
Graduate Degree: Walden University - PHD, Education Administration
Reading, traveling, running
What is your teaching philosophy?
The instructor contributes to learning success in many ways. First, he/she must provide a clear purpose for instruction. Instructors should set clear and attainable expectations for their students and structure learning to ensure student success. The instructor should plan and prepare course lessons that meet the educational needs of their students, and they should provide adequate opportunities for students to practice what is being taught. In addition, the instructor should provide frequent, constructive, and individual feedback and should be readily available to students as they engage in learning. The instructor also contributes to the learning process by demonstrating mastery of the course content being taught. Instructors are learners as well, and should constantly strive to improve instruction and learning opportunities to increase student achievement. This involves collaborating with colleagues and participating in relevant training opportunities that enhance teaching and learning. It also involves frequent reflection of teaching methods and program selection. The instructor also engages in professional development opportunities that allow them to improve course materials and equipment and implement new educational practices and technologies as they emerge. An effective leader possesses the ability to relate to students and collaborate well with other faculty members. They participate in the development, review and management of activities relating to curriculum choice and decisions affecting the school. In turn, they make contributions that enhance the success of their students and the overall culture of the learning organization.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would begin the first session by introducing myself and sharing a little about my work experience and interests. I would then ask my students to share a little information about themselves (i.e. family, hobbies, interests).
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I help my students become independent learners by teaching them helpful skills and strategies they can implement on their own as they work to complete their assignments.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I encourage my students constantly and help them recognize their strengths, as well as areas of improvement so they can use those strengths.