Teaching is not just a passion, it's a calling! There's never a lack of knowledge, just a shortage of asking for help. If a student is asking for help, then they are an inspiration, in and of itself.
I am currently a software engineer, but I started as an educator early in life. I began teaching as a teacher's assistant at Eckerd College. At the time, I honestly thought I had the best job in the world. I realized I aspired to see other people have those "A-ha" moments.
Many years later, I'm sure I wasn't wrong.
I would later go on to teach English As a Second Language while I lived in Colombia for a couple of years. My desire to elevate others continued and witnessing their victories, big and small, continued to impact me. I had a particular student who worked with me for 2 years. He walked in with no knowledge. We were having full conversations in English towards the end. Working with them was one of my proudest moments.
I am an educator, through and through. I look forward to working with you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: St Petersburg College - Bachelors, Technology Management
Graduate Degree: University of South Florida-Main Campus - Masters, Technology Entrepreneurship
Elementary School Writing
High School English
SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It's easier to help a student become an independent learner by leading by example. If we have weekly sessions, I will prepare myself to cover the specific matters the student needs to have addressed. In that same vein - and I make it clear to my students - I expect them to do some legwork outside our sessions.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I feel like it's necessary to get to know the student and their goals before our first session. In this manner, I may be able to tailor the lessons or material I bring to our sessions.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I try as much as possible to apply a praxis approach to the subject. If we can relate the lessons to something they relate to, or do regularly, the student may understand the concepts easier.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I always attempt to use Praxis. It's an ancient technique whereby a teacher asks the student to work on a real-life case at the same time as learning the theory. It helps create a mnemonic template for the student.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
You have to celebrate their gains. For instance, if a student has struggled in a subject, and they finally get a decent grade after a few sessions with you, you may try and have a fun session as a reward.