I studied at University of the Pacific for my undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies. I earned my teaching credential and masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University. I worked in the traditional classroom for 10 years teaching primarily second grade. For eight years I worked with K-12 homeschoolers overseeing their education by helping parents lesson plan, purchase curriculum and advising them on best teaching practices. Most recently I have worked in a learning center as a reading specialist teacher helping students, behind in their reading skills, to achieve needed skills to be successful at school.
I have always had a passion for teaching. I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was in kindergarten. I have been in the educational field for 25 years and I still enjoy helping students and seeing their a-ha moments.
Outside of teaching or tutoring my passions are my children. My husband and I are very involved in their activities. We enjoy watching our high schoolers play volleyball and our youngest one play his trumpet. My husband and I are very involved in the community holding leadership roles in school parent organizations. As a family we like to travel taking in the wonders of the world.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of the Pacific - Bachelors, Liberal Studies/Education
Graduate Degree: Chapman University - Masters, Curriculum and Instruction
reading and scrapbooking
Elementary School Math
High School English
HSPT Language Skills Prep
HSPT Reading Prep
HSPT Verbal Prep
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe I am a facilitator in a student's learning. I try and let the student figure out problems by asking them questions and setting the stage for success.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would introduce myself by telling them a little about myself. I would ask the student to do the same. I would also ask them why they have asked to have a tutor and how I could best help them. I would also like to know what kind of learner they are and find out what approaches to learning have been most successful for them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would give students skills to breakdown the course load or amount of work that needs to be accomplished. I find sometimes students get overwhelmed by the amount of work to be done and don't know where to start.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe in making learning fun. There is no reason why it shouldn't be. In fact I believe most students are naturally curious. I would play games where the student is learning and having fun at the same time. If needed, I would put a reward system in place.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to explain and present the problem in a new way. For instance, if a student were a kinesthetic learner, I would use manipulatives to help teach them math.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
There are a variety of strategies to use. Front-loading students with information about something they are about to read is one strategy. For instance, if the story is about animals in a jungle, we would discuss what animals and plants live in a jungle. What kind of food do the animals eat? To help organize this information I would use graphic organizers, such as thinking maps.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I give lots of encouragement. I make a student feel that I am confident they can do the skill or work especially if they feel they can't. In other words, I try to instill confidence. I concentrate on the positive and celebrate the little victories.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I might ask they what they know about the subject. What they what to be able to know and why they think they are struggling. This will help me point out to the student that they are knowledgeable about the subject (a positive). Knowing why they feel they are struggling will help me to determine how I will go about teaching the subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Questioning and having students solve problems on their own are obvious answers. Playing games is a much more fun way to assess however!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I might start with material that I think they can tackle on their own and celebrate how well they did before moving on to more difficult material. I would celebrate the little victories along the way hoping to show to the student that they are moving in the right direction and are capable of doing the work.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would question the parent and student about the areas of concern. What kind of learner is the student? What practices have they found fruitful and not so fruitful?
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
After interviewing the student and parent I assess what kind of learner the student is and adjust my teaching accordingly.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use manipulatives, and paper and pencils to make graphic organizers and games.