I have a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Pacific Lutheran University with an endorsement in Elementary Education (K-8) and an endorsement in Reading (K-12). I have a Masters of Education from the University of Melbourne. I have provided tutoring services in and out of the school setting since 2008. I have taught 1st grade in a public school since 2014. I love working with students and watching them develop a love for learning that can become lifelong. In my free time I enjoy hiking, gardening, singing and spending time with family and friends.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Pacific Lutheran University - Bachelors, Elementary Education
Graduate Degree: University of Melbourne - Masters, Education
Hiking, gardening, singing and spending time with family and friends
Q & A
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by modeling first, followed by guided practice that will enable a student to then perform independently.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would go back to the concrete and try to apply what the student was learning to a real life situation. I would re-teach and provide lots of practice before returning to the abstract.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in a growth mindset, meaning that all children are capable of growth. Where children are at presently is a baseline for future growth, it does not define the child. Though I teach content, I also teach students why we are learning the content and how it relates to real life. I believe in instilling a love for learning in each child so that it may become a lifelong love.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know the student as a person (what do they like to do, how do they feel about school, what do they feel like they struggle with.) I would then ask what they would like support in and set goals for future sessions.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Children are often motivated by success. If I were finding that a child is unmotivated, I would provide opportunities for success and celebrate those successes. If a child were disengaged, I would use games or hands-on activities to build engagement.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would relate what they are learning to a real life situation within their experience. I would also provide them with opportunities to be successful to build their confidence in the subject they are struggling in which often leads to engagement.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask the student questions about their work before they begin, while they work, and afterward. I would provide formal and informal assessments related to the material covered.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
In my opinion, confidence is built upon success and knowledge that you are capable of success. I would provide opportunities for the student to be successful and would also remind them that we are all learning and it takes practice to be successful.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a students needs through observation and assessment in relation to a given standard or criteria. I then work to see what the student can do on their own and with help to see where they require support.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I take the students strengths into account as well as their interests and tie those things into the sessions.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I model the thinking that takes place in my own mind as I read. I ask questions before, during and after I read. I then ask the student questions before, during and after they read. I also model and explicitly teach comprehension strategies such as identifying the main idea and citing supporting evidence within the text.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that getting to know the student as a person and as a learner helps set the foundation for learning. Identifying where the student is at and knowing what the next steps are sets the tone for future work.