Hi! I'm a passionate Spanish, English, and History teacher here in the Phoenix area. I have lived in Europe for 3 years and have 5 years of high school and middle school teaching experience. I have been teaching students for the last 10 years of all levels. I have many great references available and people say that I'm patient, flexible, knowledgeable, kind, and willing to go the extra mile so that the student understands the information. I am also currently completing my PhD in Spanish Linguistics.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Bachelors, Spanish and Political Science
Graduate Degree: DePaul University - Masters, Spanish Teaching, ESL Teaching, Bilingual and Bicultural Studies
Elementary School English
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in a student-centered approach where the teacher is more of the facilitator. I put the student's needs and interests first and work to challenge the student so that he/she wants to investigate more about the subject.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Review the objectives of the lessons, and try to engage the student so he/she knows that I'm in his/her corner. Review some of the material that the student is struggling with.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Encourage students to research and investigate things that they enjoy that can connect to their learning experience.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By reminding students that learning is a key component of developing as a person, and by showing them the benefits of whatever they are learning.