For the past 10 years, I have worked with a local non-profit as a certified tutor and part-time teacher. I have provided guidance and support for students as they strive to meet their goals. My experience as an AmeriCorps VISTA has given me the opportunity to create and coordinate programs for youth and community members on a citywide level in Orlando and New Orleans. These programs are still operational today, and achieving their goals of boosting educational attainment and reducing crime.
I have helped adults who speak English, but dont know the alphabet. I have helped others get their GED and study for college Algebra finals. I have helped students learn to understand, speak, read, and write in English better, so they can improve their performance in school, on the job, gain citizenship, and make new friends. I work with youth to develop study strategies that will help them be successful in school and in life. I have tutored students to meet, and exceed, grade level expectations in reading, writing, math, social studies, and science.
My favorite subjects to tutor are reading, writing, ESOL/ESL, and Adult Basic Education. I enjoy working with adults because they tend to be very clear about what they wish to learn and why. I enjoy working with youth because I love seeing the spark of excitement when they begin to understand the magnitude of their potential.
My teaching philosophy is that students are most successful when they clearly define their own goals. My young students may want to finish their homework early to have more time for the fun things they enjoy, or improve their grades to stay out of trouble. My adult students may simply need a drivers license to find a better job or free up more time to spend with their families. Some need to pass a professional exam to use their advanced degrees in the US. I have helped them all achieve success.
My tutoring style is collaborative. I work WITH my students to help THEM achieve THEIR goals. This is fundamental and very important to me. I choose curriculum and teaching materials based on my students goals, ability, and learning style. The real work belongs to the student, but I do my best to make it as fun and interesting as possible.
On a less serious note, I am just a simple nerd who loves learning new things. I love taking my nieces to the Orlando Science Center, watching superhero movies and cartoons, and going to comic book stores. My favorite superhero is Wonder Woman because she stands for truth, justice, and equality even though she sometimes has her doubts about humanity.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Western Governors University - Bachelors, Interdisciplinary Education K-8
literacy, volunteering, geek culture, movies, drawing, reading, movies, cartoons
Elementary School Math
High School English
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to focus on the goals of each individual student. I am only successful when you achieve your goals.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I treat a first session like a collaboration meeting. Strong relationships lead to better learning, in my opinion. I need to get to know you, and you need to get to know me. Besides learning your basic vital statistics (e.g. preferred name, learning style, preferred method of communication), I also need to know some of your personal background information (e.g. personal interests, where you're from, previous learning experiences).
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I help my students learn study skills and techniques that can be used to improve organization and encourage independent study. I like to leave my students with resources they can use between our sessions. This gives me more feedback to tailor their lessons.