I was volunteered in high school to tutor math on my lunch breaks by my precalculus teacher. The students that I tutored told me that I explained math better than their teachers and it was a great feeling.
I pursued my degree in Secondary Mathematics and taught Junior High School math when I was certified. While pursuing my degree in teaching students with learning disabilities, I co-taught the first grade at a Montessori school. Currently I work for a private company that pushes me into title one schools in Harlem to help them with HIgh School Math courses to prep for the common core exams. I also work for publicly funded programs as a third grade teacher.
Teaching is the most rewarding profession become my students' success becomes a part of my own success story.
Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Queens College - Bachelors, Mathematics
Graduate Degree: Kaplan University - Masters, Special Education
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is getting to know a student through observation and general interest to create a learning strategy that fits the individual student.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student, I would get to know that student's attitudes towards math and school, what their favorite subject is in school, and why, and then get to know what they want to be in the future.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I encourage students to attempt the work themselves so that they won't be dependent on me. I use positive reinforcement and have them explain to me the steps taken to reach a solution.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By reviewing the skill to figure out where the confusion may be or if there isn't a solid foundational knowledge somewhere. By going through an example or two with guidance and then allowing them to attempt it independently. However, if they are still struggling, more review of a foundational skill may be necessary.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
By having the student read the problems independently and assisting with pronunciations of words that may be hard to sound out. By asking about significant vocabulary words that may impact their understanding of the problem, and then clarifying what is being asked to be solved.