Hello! I am a Social Studies, Language Arts and AVID teacher. I really enjoy traveling, food, running, volleyball and hiking. I am a visual learner, I like to be able to see things and I also really like graphic organizers to help keep track of information but I understand that everyone learns differently and I have a lot of strategies for different types of learners!
Undergraduate Degree: University of Oregon - Bachelors, Spanish, History
Graduate Degree: Willamette University - Masters, Masters of Arts in Teaching
Volleyball, Hiking, Running. Reading. Travel.
College Level American History
High School English
High School Level American History
Study Skills and Organization
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I like to get right into what the student's goals are for the session as well as over time. I also like to try to find out how the student likes to learn and what styles of learning are easiest for them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I help a student become an independent learner by using a strategy called gradual release. This means we work on something together, where I teach a concept, skill or strategy, and then I start to allow the student to do more of it without my help until the student is capable and feels confident to do it on their own! It is a really powerful thing, and it helps students feel more confident to take on other challenges.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When a difficulty presents itself we can either practice more or find a new way to attack it. It really depends on what the skill or concept is that the student is struggling with. Overall, I stay patient and encouraging.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When it comes to reading comprehension, we practice reading with different reading strategies, we talk about what we read out loud together to help process, and we write, because it all helps.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that getting to know the student's needs and perceived strengths and weaknesses really helps make the most of each session.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence comes from feeling capable. To build confidence you need to feel successful. To do this in tutoring, I like to start with smaller goals at the beginning (Rome was not built in a day, right?!). Over time, the goals increase and so do the accomplishments.