As an educator for the past 35 years, I consider teaching an honor and a privilege. I have had an incredible journey teaching and empowering many students in my classroom to become lifelong learners. Teaching is and will always be my passion!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California Lutheran University - Bachelors, Psychology
Graduate Degree: Caifornia Lutheran Un - Masters, Education
Music, art and photography
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
All students have special abilities and talents that must be reinforced or challenged to the next level of learning. This must be done while focusing on academic areas that need improvement.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Having a personal one on one conversation with the student would allow us to become acquainted. I would share my teaching experiences, hobbies, and interests, hoping to develop a rapport with the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would focus on the student's strengths and provide academic strategies along with guided help to allow him/her to work independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Using positive affirmations and encouraging students to stay focused on short and long term goals is important.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would first find out the student's learning modality, whether he/she is a visual or auditory learner. Once I've made this observation, I will be able to plan lessons to teach and reinforce the skill or concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would teach reading comprehension strategies using the 5 W's (who, what, where, when, and why or how). These are considered surface questions where answers can be located in text. I also use the teacher models strategy, student guided practice, and student independent work.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The strategy of the teacher modeling the new skill or concept as students follow along as been successful. Also, allowing students to ask questions or ask for a clarification will reduce their stress level. Guided practice--where the teacher and student(s) reinforce the new skill or concept, developing self-confidence. Once students have had several opportunities to practice the skill, they work independently to master the skill or concept.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
As a creative teacher, I try to find activities that help students connect academic subjects with the real world. I use games to reinforce all academic areas.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I use a 3 step technique to introduce new skills or concepts.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Providing ongoing positive feedback to the student will develop self-confidence and help him or her achieve their goal.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I use a baseline test to evaluate the student's academic area of needs. I also learn the student's modality of learning before considering a plan of action.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Using the student's modality of learning will help me to use teaching strategies that will work best for the student. I will differentiate instruction according to the student's needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use a variety of teaching resources which include text books, hands on activities, games, and computer activities.