I am a graduate of Saint Joseph's College in Patchogue, New York with a bachelor's degree in education. I have taught and tutored students of various ages for six years. As a classroom teacher in both special and general education, I have had the pleasure of helping students achieve their academic goals in reading, writing, mathematics, and science at the elementary and middle school level. I also have experience tutoring students in SAT/ACT test preparation in all associated sections. I am and always have been a lifetime learner and do all I can to impart this facet of myself on my students. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, weight training, and watching movies.
Saint Joseph's College-New York - Bachelors, Education
University of Massachusetts Amherst - Masters, Business Administration
Elementary School Math
High School English
What is your teaching philosophy?
A true educator seeks to bring the best out of their students. This means getting to know them personally and academically. This means tailoring instruction to their needs and focusing on how they learn rather than how you want to teach.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
We would discuss the student's perceived difficulties and why they feel they struggle in these areas. We would also discuss any past tests that they have taken to see how they are progressing. I would allow the student to ask any questions about me and my background so that we could get acquainted. From there we would move into some diagnostic work so that I could see the student's ability for myself.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I am a huge proponent of allowing students to try out material before direct instruction. This helps me to reduce unnecessarily repeating information that the student already knows. This also allows the student to push their problem solving skills beyond their comfort zone.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I often remind my students that learning is a constant process. As long as the effort is there and we are adjusting our approach when needed, it will eventually make sense.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would first see if there are foundation skills that we need to work on. From there we would try out new methods of presenting the information. Some students work well with their hands or when they can move their body. Connecting this whenever possible is often powerful for struggling students.