I first discovered my love for teaching during my childhood. I have always enjoyed watching a student's confidence and academic ability grow throughout the year. This is my second year teaching in Chicago Public Schools and one of my favorite parts about teaching is getting to know my students and their interests inside and outside of school. When I am not teaching or tutoring, I enjoy volunteering through Habitat for Humanity, traveling around the world, and enjoying the Chicago life. I look forward to the opportunity to assist your child in anyway that will help them to feel successful in their work.
Undergraduate Degree: Michigan State University - Bachelors, Elementary Education
Traveling, Dancing, Running, Reading and Scrapbooking.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I encourage students to play a very active role in their own learning. I provide opportunities for students to make their own choices, solve their own problems, and reflect upon their learning, while guiding them through the learning process. My students will understand the learning objectives and how they could apply their knowledge inside and outside of their learning. I will differentiate my instruction according to my student's learning styles, abilities, as well as each student’s cultural background.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During the first session I would like to take time to get to know my student. Before I start tutoring I need to understand their learning styles and abilities, as well as their own interests. After I have this time, I will then understand their motivation pertaining to the subject they are learning. Following this discussion, I will begin to dive into an introduction to the content. I will give a brief assessment to understand their strengths and needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
As mentioned before, I encourage students to play a very active role in their own learning. I provide opportunities for students to make their own choices, solve their own problems, and reflect upon their learning. A major key in this process is scaffolding the content that is being learned, as well as providing opportunities to use their high level critical thinking skills when solving a problem.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
The key to motivation is understanding their interests- whether this is a particular subject, topic, or activity they enjoy learning about. Another important part of motivation is creating intrinsic motivation within the student's mind set and the want to learn and understand the content. Lastly, I use the "I can" and "Not yet" mindset with my students. This emphasizes using the words "Not yet" instead of using the word "Can't," and continuing to stretch their brain until they "Can" do it.