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I am currently a sixth-grade teacher and feel that I have the best job in the world. I teach all subject areas with the exception of physical education and am well versed in the common core curriculum. I believe that all children can learn if given the right opportunities and support. Nothing is greater than seeing a student finally understand and feel successful in school.

In my spare time I love to walk and spend time with family and friends. I love to read and crochet and am an avid gamer. I am currently trying to master console games as the frustration and frequent failure reminds me of how my students feel to not "get something." I find that having common ground with my students is key in building trust and rapport, plus they enjoy giving me gaming tips!

Theresa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Fullerton - Bachelors, Criminal Justice

Graduate Degree: California State University-Fullerton - Masters, Educational Technology and Distance Learning


I love reading, gaming, crocheting and other needlework crafts. I also have great technology skills.

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe every student deserves a quality education that works for them. An education should let them pursue their dreams, be relevant, and let them be successful in today's world.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

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How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Students need critical thinking skills and strategies to be successful. They also need to believe in themselves and develop stamina to tackle new learning challenges.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I try to put the learning in context with a student's interest and to show them how the skill will help them be successful in the "real world."

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

You have to identify where the student is having trouble. Do they have a conceptual understanding of the concept? Do they need more concrete examples before moving to the abstract?

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Students need to have good decoding skills and word fluency before comprehension can be tackled. If the first two are in place, you give the child comprehension strategies to apply.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Find out what the student feels they need and what the parent feels they need. A small skills assessment in the relevant content areas should be given. I think it’s most important to build rapport with the student so that they feel safe working with you.