I am a certified Special Education Teacher, Certified in Elementary K-6, as well as English and Language Arts Grades 5-8. I am currently teaching in an inclusion setting in a Middle School. Within that role I work as a team with the other teacher in the room, in subjects such as ELA, Writing, Social Studies, and Science. I find I am most effective in assisting with Reading and Writing, as well as working with Students with Disabilities. I have worked in the education industry for over 5 years, ranging in ages from Pre-K to 8 th grade, in general education settings to self-contained behavioral classes.
I have a strong passion for working with students of all ages and abilities. I have found that my diverse experience in working in different settings whether it is different age levels or different types of classrooms, has given me a strong ability to connect to any student I work with. In order to achieve success with my students, the first and most important thing I need to know is, "What is the best way this student can learn?" and of course knowing what interests them. When I have a gauge on what type of learner the student is, it allows me to create my initial baseline assessments and start from there. From there I establish goals and set the foundation to improve the skills that are in need of improvement. When we reach goals, we continue to create new ones and constantly find ways to challenge the student. We all must be challenged as individuals, and in particular as students, because we truly never stop learning.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: SUNY College at Cortland - Bachelors, Sport Management
Graduate Degree: New Jersey City University - Current Grad Student, Masters in Special Education
State Certified Teacher
Avid Sport Fan – always watching, playing, or listening to any sport, but I love Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Soccer. -Exercising: Running, Hiking, Biking, Lifting. -Exploring nature, traveling, visiting new places and going on new adventures -Music: Always listening to a huge variety of music -Spending time with my family, friends, and fiancé, hiking and hanging out with my dog. -Volunteering for a non-profit that houses people will developmental disabilities -Eating! Love eating every time of food, finding great restaurants, and trying new things.
Q & A
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By teaching them to develop intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is the want or need to succeed in order to achieve success and meet their own goals, and truly understand and appreciate that they are learning and reaching their goals. I stress the importance of life goals, and learning beyond and outside of school stretches much further in life.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By finding ways to connect to them and finding things that interest them, and tying them into our learning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Break down the concept and rebuild it from scratch, and determine the main point of difficulty.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Through guided reading, story maps, reading strategies, and visual and audio assisted technology. Chunking and scaffolding is also useful.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Motivational strategies and finding interests and connections that will push them to learning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By connecting it to something they can relate to or are interested in.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Questioning, Discussion, and Reciting, as well as evidence based discussion.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By finding ways for them to be challenged and succeed.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Through baseline assessments and creating benchmarks, as well as formative assessments through discussions and short responses.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By determining what they have needs in, and focusing on the best ways to reach them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pen, Pencil, Books, Paper, Technology.
What is your teaching philosophy?
No one student learns the same. We must find ways to reach each and every student and understand how they learn. Providing a positive, safe, and comfortable environment is a key to allowing each student to reach their maximum potential.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Initially get to know the student, find out their interests and ways to connect to them. Create a baseline assessment to determine strengths and weaknesses. Determine benchmarks and goals to hit on.