As a elementary and middle school teacher, tutor, and school administrator with over 12 years of experience, I have a genuine interest in seeing my students succeed. My desire is to go beyond just helping my students to achieve a certain grade in a class or on a specific test; I want to motivate them to become lifelong learners who seek out answers to their questions. However, I always keep in mind that every student is unique and try to celebrate even the smallest accomplishments each and every day.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Florida - Bachelors, Criminal Justice
Graduate Degree: University of Central Florida - Masters, Administration if Criminal Justice
Travel, cooking, learning about science
3rd Grade Reading
4th Grade Reading
5th Grade Reading
5th Grade Science
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
FCAT 2.0 Prep
Florida EOC Assessment Prep
High School English
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that educators should do their best to help students make real-world connections with the material they are learning in school. This enables students to have a context for learning and assists them in transferring and applying knowledge to new situations.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I believe it is best to get to know a student's interests outside of school and preferred learning styles. This allows me to tailor tutoring engaging and effective learning activities.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I do my best to discover a student's interests, and then integrate those interests into his/her learning experiences.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I use a variety of techniques to informally assess understanding depending on the age of the student and subject area. These techniques may include content performance tasks, summarizing, questioning, and discussion.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I do my best to celebrate success every single day. Even the smallest academic gains are worthy of celebration.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Tutoring should be centered around the child's needs and preferences, not the tutor's preferred teaching style. I use a variety of techniques to tailor a session to meet a child's needs and preferred learning style to make each session engaging and effective.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
The student's needs will be evaluated through a variety of means. My strategies may include, but are not limited to a review of any documentation provided, performance tasks with the student, parent/student input, and observation.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use a variety of materials depending on the subject at hand and student needs.