I am a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where I majored in English Writing. I then received my teaching license at Queens University of Charlotte in 2010 as a Secondary School English teacher. I taught with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools for three years, grades 9-11, as well as AP English Language and Composition. I recently returned to Charlotte after spending three years in Zurich, Switzerland, where I was an English tutor for students attending the International Schools, as well as an English instructor at a Language School.
My diverse teaching experience has helped me to become an extremely adaptable and creative teacher. I have tutored students who simply need help editing their college essays, to students preparing for the AP English Language and Composition Exam, to students needing to practice their English pronunciation. I love to discuss literature, write creative essays, and have a great eye for editing. My certification is for High School English, however I also have experience working with students in grades 6-8th. I look forward to developing the perfect plan for your student!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: DePauw University - Bachelors, English Writing
Graduate Degree: Queens University of Charlotte - Current Grad Student, Post-Baccalaureate Teachers License
Reading, Traveling, Being outdoors with my two dogs
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Writing
9th Grade Writing
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student has a different learning style; one of the reasons I love tutoring is being able to adapt every session to an individual. It is important to me that my students do not view sessions as a "chore," but rather as a productive time when they are able to feel confident about work they complete and improve in areas where they struggle.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
It is important that the student and I get to know each other a little. I usually begin with an "icebreaker" activity. From there, I then like to ask the student about his/her experiences at school, what areas he/she feel confident in, where he/she hope to improve, how he/she feel they learn best, etc. By the end of the first session I hope to have a plan of action created with the student that the parent can also sign-off on, so we are all on the same page moving forward.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It is extremely important to me that the student takes charge of his or her learning. This is a matter of developing good organizational and study habits, structuring sessions in a way that is motivating and encouraging for the student, and giving the student plenty of opportunities to succeed in order to build confidence. It is crucial that the student and I work together to determine the way that he or she learns best, and incorporate these methods into our sessions.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I find that success is a great motivator, so it is important to give the student chances to succeed every session. I also like to be creative with my lessons and incorporate interests of the student, so that he or she is fully engaged.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I am a patient and encouraging teacher. I would not allow the student to become discouraged and give up because they are having difficulty. We would find another way to approach the skill or concept, and practice it often to build confidence.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
It is important to begin with smaller selections of writing (preferably on topics the student is interested in) and build from there. Developing strategies for dealing with unknown words or confusing wording and repetition of these strategies will help to increase confidence.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
What strategies will be most successful depends on the student. This is why it is important for me to get to know the student in the first lesson, and how I can adapt my lessons to them.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
It is important to make the subject relevant to the students if possible, and to incorporate something they are interested in, or strength. For example, I had one young student who struggled with spelling, so he would often refuse to write anything. He loved to draw, so I would have him create comic strips with images and writing.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I do not want the student to feel like he or she is being tested or quizzed at the end of a lesson, but I do like to do frequent check-ins over the course of the lesson to ensure comprehension of the material. At the end of the lesson, we will do a "wrap-up" where we revisit the key points of the material and indicate what the student needs to review at home.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Providing them with opportunities for success, words of encouragement and recognition of good work, and repetition of key topics.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By getting to know students in the very first lesson and discussing their needs with them. Then, watching out for any weaknesses in our lessons that we may need to address.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By being open and creative and catering to the student's interests, strengths, and weaknesses.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
This could range from just paper and pen, to workbooks, to reading materials, to a laptop/iPad, etc.