I have a Master of Science from CCNY in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and a Bachelor of Arts from BYU in European Studies. I have taught high school French and ESL in the Bronx, NY as well as in Phoenix, AZ and am qualified through Maricopa Community Colleges to teach French and ESL. I have a love for languages, literature and writing and love to share this enthusiasm with others.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Brigham Young University-Provo - Bachelors, European Studies
Graduate Degree: CUNY City College - Masters, TESOL
ACT Composite: 26
ACT English: 29
ACT Math: 22
ACT Reading: 27
ACT Science: 25
AP English Literature: 5
Teaching myself new languages, competitive volleyball, rock climbing, swimming, Zumba, playing games with my kids, reading and writing
High School English
SAT Subject Test in French
SAT Subject Test in French with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Everyone is capable of excelling at any subject they are interested in. The key is to stay interested! I love creating activities and exercises that engage students and target their learning styles. Students who are engaged are motivated to spend time with the subject and prepare for any assessments they may face.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would ask them what their end goal is with the session in order to assess what we should prioritize. I would then do a few activities to determine the student's learning style. Then I would choose interesting and engaging activities that target the student's learning style and make it fun for us to work toward their end goal.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students need to immerse themselves in a language every day in order to truly start to master it. Introducing students to activities that target speaking, listening, reading, and writing gives them tools to work with independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I find that if a student is interested and engaged, they stay motivated. I have an arsenal of games and activities that make learning fun for any age. I also openly share my excitement for learning, which is contagious!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When a student is struggling with a skill or concept, I attack it from a different angle. I use activities that target other learning styles to see if that will prove more successful. There are so many ways to teach language that if one method is not working, there are many more to try!
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
The most important thing is to love what you are reading as you seek to improve reading comprehension skills. Dense texts will cause students to struggle and become frustrated, while interesting texts that they find fascinating will be much easier to comprehend. Skills such as inferencing and recognizing literary devices can be taught using these texts. Once the skill is mastered, students can easily apply it to texts on assessments when needed.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Determining a student's learning style as well as assessing their level in the subject are essential so that instruction can be tailored to meet their needs. I always start with games and activities so they become engaged quickly.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
With languages, students are much more successful if they have a clear reason for learning. Perhaps their goal is travel or to be more valuable to an employer, but whatever it is they need to be aware of it, rather than studying something out of obligation. Discussions with students bring out the benefits of what they are learning, which helps them be more excited about the subject. Games and activities are the best way to engage a language learner, and switching up the activity to target vocabulary or skills they are mastering keeps it interesting.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Assessments can blend seamlessly with activities, games, and review. Students who have been working on certain vocabulary or a specific skill can be asked to show their mastery in a number of ways. Open ended dialogues, T-tables, projects like creating a menu and then ordering food are a few. Adding new vocabulary and then jumping back to review is a great way to make certain students are mastering the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Working at a student's level and in their learning style builds a student's confidence, because they will be successful. They will find themselves easily mastering material and be confident enough to succeed as more difficult skills are added.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Learning style diagnostics range from games and activities to worksheets or written assignments. With language, a brief conversation in the target language can assess where a student is at. As we move from activity to activity, it will quickly become clear if a student has previously mastered skills and it is easy to move on to new material.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Students who are visual learners will often need to see language written out. Games such as Twister, colored cards, or activities using props or visual aids will help them greatly. Auditory learners will benefit from hearing music in the target language which they can translate and perform. Verbal learners will want to see the language written and excel with word games. With kinesthetic learners I've had them play Twister or step onto colored squares to answer a question as they need to be physically involved in learning. In addition to learning styles, I adapt tutoring to a student's level, adjusting content and delivery method for each student depending on their goals and needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use props and physical aids such as toys, clothes, board games, household items, and blocks, especially when teaching immersion lessons. I also use cards, computer programs, books, and workbooks. I love brainstorming new materials to use for new activities.