I'm a teacher that lives in Southwest Florida. I've earned a Master's Degree and a Specialist's degree in Education. I have taught 4-6 grades as well as high school math and social sciences, GED preparation, and even worked with teachers and other professionals in preparation for exams. My classes and I have also won several academic awards too! I'm originally from Indiana but I've lived all over! I lived for two years in Japan and 2 years in China. I also have been to many other countries including Korea, Canada, Panama, Costa Rica, and Mexico. My family and I love to travel and we plan a couple of trips every summer. HIstory and culture are very important to us. I take my job seriously and that means that I will do what I have to in order to help you become more successful. I strive to make learning fun but I also want to make the time we have together meaningful and worthwhile.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Indiana University-Bloomington - Bachelors, General Studies
Graduate Degree: Nova Southeastern University - Masters, Curriculum and Instruction
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10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
1st Grade Math
1st Grade Reading
1st Grade Writing
2nd Grade Math
2nd Grade Reading
2nd Grade Writing
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Science
3rd Grade Writing
4th Grade Math
4th Grade Reading
4th Grade Science
4th Grade Writing
5th Grade Math
5th Grade Reading
5th Grade Science
5th Grade Writing
6th Grade Math
6th Grade Reading
6th Grade Science
6th Grade Writing
7th Grade Math
7th Grade Reading
7th Grade Science
7th Grade Writing
8th Grade Math
8th Grade Reading
8th Grade Science
8th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
College Level American History
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
Florida EOC Assessment Prep
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to utilize educational standards as a basis to teach a subject while tapping into a student's background knowledge to design an individualized lesson plan that will facilitate the student's success.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session with a student, I would get to know a little about the student and what their short and long term goals are. Then I would work with them to develop an educational plan based on the standards and instructional goals developed from the pretest and conferencing.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will not do the work for the student. I teach methods to learn that promote independent learning. I believe in providing the methodology rather than an answer to each problem.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe in positive reinforcement and motivation along with patience and determination is what learning is all about. Mistakes are just another opportunity to learn!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
It's important to offer several different ways to learn as well as solve problems. In math, there are usually 4 different ways to solve a problem and if presented, most students are able to grasp one way if they are an independent learner.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I teach methods to assist with comprehension, especially since most subjects (including math) include a fair amount of comprehension. Teaching the importance of decoding, fluency, and context clues are important to comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I believe developing a plan that is a "living document" is important. revisiting the plan periodically and making changes are important to the success of a student. Consistent utilization of strategies throughout subjects is important as well.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Praise is important when students are struggling. It's important to celebrate what they know and praise a student for learning what they didn't know. I like to make learning fun and engaging!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Students often learn well when they can teach the material to others. I like to have students "teach" me the lesson at the end to show me they are mastering the lesson. Review of the previous lesson during a lesson is important too.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Constant praise and motivation during a lesson is important. Students usually don't respond well to negativity. Starting out with smaller steps in a lesson and gradually growing the lesson while pausing to ensure understanding also builds confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by reviewing a pretest at the beginning and building a plan with the student (and sometimes the parent). Each lesson will have an "exit ticket" to ensure that the student's needs are met during the lesson.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I am trained to utilize differentiated instruction to accommodate different types of learning styles.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I typically use traditional methods as well as electronic methods during my instruction.