I have been an Early Childhood Education teacher for the past fourteen years and recently graduated from Washington State University with my Bachelors degree in Human Development. I have a distinction on my transcripts for my skill level in writing and I also have my degree in Early Childhood Education with an endorsement in Child Development. For the past several years I have been a freelance writer, having my work published in magazines and literary anthologies. Besides being passionate about writing, I also believe that each one of us has a unique set of gifts and talents that can be fully developed with just a bit of guidance. I know that we all learn differently and I use a strength based approach in order to support, challenge, teach and reach outcomes. I am experienced in building lessons based on the individual needs and learning style of each student. Having taken both in person and online classes myself I have learned that Intentional teaching along with open ended, hands-on experiences make for later successes. Outside of the academic world I enjoy hiking, swimming, painting, watching scary movies with my teenage daughter and cruising with my top off in the Jeep. Occasionally I go to the gym and don’t love it, but I do love Kevin Bacon! I look forward to working with you soon, it is my objective to empower you to develop your skills and reach your goals.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Washington State University - Bachelors, Human Development
Writing, painting, hiking, swimming, friends, dancing, movies
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy has evolved over the years. I like to think we are all lifelong learners. There is something to be said for data driven techniques, but I understand we all learn in our own unique ways and there will not be a cookie cutter type method for teaching individual people. I take a strength based, supportive and creative approach. I'm pretty laid back and accepting and it isn't on my agenda to hand out answers, but more to help a student learn a new skill and to retain that skill. Whether that means making materials, a trip to the library or rhyming and rapping some lyrics, I'm still traditional in believing learning should be and can be fun.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I would spend some time getting to know my student. Personality, developmental and other needs, interests, and concerns and questions we both might have for each other. We would surely talk about subject areas, goals and that sort of thing, but establishing a working relationship is crucial. I would want my student to feel comfortable.