I am a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to that degree I served as a childcare center director where I hired, trained, and supervised new teachers. I also worked with a large variety of students and families in all areas of child development. Currently in Las Vegas, I serve as a grade level chair for first grade and an instructional coach. My classroom is very engaging, creative and fun. I am also a cheer coach and theater director and I bring my performance background into each of my lessons making sure the learner is having a great time and tackling assignments with confidence. I intend to supply students with an overarching repertoire of strategies on how to approach problems and reason through them critically. My extensive skill set will match any type of learner for proven results in the areas listed. I have a particular passion for English/ Language Arts and Writing. I am also a mother of a child I home schooled and who has excelled two grade levels past his peers at the age of 7.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Saint Xavier University - Bachelors, Early Childhood Education
Graduate Degree: Grand Canyon University - Current Grad Student, Education Administration
I enjoy dancing, reading, writing poetry and playing video games with my son
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all students can learn. It is the role of the tutor to find what motivates and excites a student. I help to develop their passions and explore their opportunities in becoming independent thinkers and learners. I involve the entire family in building everyday strategies that can assist a student to achieve predetermined goals and measures of success. Learning is a journey that should be inviting, engaging, and personal.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Typically, the first session involves informal assessments in which I will gather information to create a profile with a student. They could either show or tell me their current difficulties, the family can express their concerns and goals for the student, and/or I will use common core standard based assessments to determine where the student is in relation to their grade level expectations. I will survey the tools or resources available for the student and determine what future sessions may look like. I will spend time building rapport with the student and finding out about their hobbies and interests.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become independent by letting them know that is the expectation from day one. I will help them build confidence through rigorous practice and interactive note taking and lessons. A student will be equipped with a battery of strategies on how to approach, reason through, and solve problems. My role as your tutor is to be sure they are able to manipulate these strategies and concepts to gain a deeper understanding of content and the process towards learning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I am a student's personal cheerleader! I dispel any negative theory or thought that may exist before our interaction. We will delight when things are difficult because it is at that time we have the opportunity to learn something new. I will celebrate their breakthroughs and allow for small mental breaks if things seem overwhelming. I will make the learning space open and neutral and remind a student of their progress when they feel like they may have hit a wall. Each session will review how well the student has done prior to and build anticipation for the present day material.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Difficulties come, and that is the joy of learning. When I see a student having trouble I reassure them that it is certainly a part of the process, and we will figure it out together. I acknowledge what the child already may understand about the problem, and then I assist in isolating the problem or skill within the problem that may seem overwhelming. By breaking issues down into achievable goals, a student gains more confidence with the material.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help students with reading comprehension by introducing them to a variety of strategies that will help them connect and restate the story. We first identify the genre and based on that genre that will have a list of ways to choose on how to focus on that reading. Students sometimes need to be explicitly taught ways to make predictions, sequence events, summarize, and make connections, otherwise the reading happens around them and they do not know how to get involved. I like for students to journal about their reading so they are able to reflect and make connections with other texts.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I found patience and connecting with the student to be most successful. I like to focus on the strengths of the students and help them realize they already are equipped with the building blocks to tackle any concept they have not yet mastered. Repetition, a clear set of expectations, and concentrated learning outcomes help the student and family track progress and anticipate the breadth of concepts that will be covered.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student become engaged by showing them real-world examples on when the subject will be useful. Even if the student will not have interactions with the material until their adult choices, I will show how and where understanding the concept will help them be a self-sustaining individual. I will also show how the material will often cross other subject areas and how it would be to the student’s benefit to understand the present skill set for future endeavors. As they are successful, I will congratulate their efforts, and as they are yet learning the material, I will patiently reassure them that they are doing well.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would use pre and post-assessments as dictated by Common Core assessments and standardized testing material according to a child's current grade level. Within the first two sessions, I would send a few timed assessments, and as we progress there would be informal assessments and post-assessments to show a student's growth with particular material. I would also use computer software that will digitally track and record a student's progress.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
A student's confidence is built on their achievements. These achievements come from small obtainable goals that lead toward an expected outcome. The student and I together help determine what the long range or end goal may look at, then we work backwards to determine what is it that we need to cover to get there. The goals are very specific, timely, and measurable so that a student and myself can see if the student is on track for that goal, or if adjustments need to be made along the way. As a student learns new things or become more autonomous about their learning, the confidence will inherently grow as well.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by first analyzing their profile and discussions with the parent or guardian. Then by survey and conversations with the student, I come to learn about how they learn and where they see themselves in relation to certain mastery of skills. From there, within the first or second session I would have assessments and computer programs available for the student to demonstrate their knowledge. In addition to skills tests, I am also paying attention to their level engagement and their ability to explain and reason critically.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring to adjust to the needs and learning style of the learner. I have a quick survey that allows me to determine a student's learning style. Also through informal conversations, I start to understand and respond to my student based on their given disposition. If I see that my approach is not producing results. I look to other methods of delivery, videos, songs, programs, or researched based theories on how to reach a student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use a variety of materials. For both in face and online scenarios I will use common core assessments and worksheets. I will use standards-based learning tools to give students independent practice outside of our sessions. I will reference videos on for further explanation. I also require students to keep a notebook/journal to log, and track their progress as an independent note-taking tool and evidence to share with any other learning coach in the future. I have basal readers, manipulatives, and learning games for in-face meetings.