I am a graduate of the University of California at Davis. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies with an emphasis on African American and Women's Studies. I successfully completed the credential program at CSU Sacramento with a preliminary single subject with CLAD emphasis. I have 4 years of classroom experience teaching Junior High and High School Social Studies. While earning my teaching credential, I was a substitute teacher for grades K-12 and a tutor for reading, math and study skills. I believe education is vitally important for today's students and I am committed to fostering a love of learning. In my spare time, I enjoy walking, yoga, travel, reading, and spending time with my family.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelors, American Studies
walking, yoga, travel and reading
College Level American History
Elementary School Math
High School English
High School Level American History
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to foster a love of learning and to equip students with the skills to be lifelong learners.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student, I would spend a few minutes getting to know them. I'd then want to talk with them (and possibly their parents) to identify the areas they are struggling with. Finally, I would do some assessments to identify the specific skills to focus our tutoring sessions on.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by adjusting my instruction to their current level. I want to help my students, but I also want them to invest the hard work necessary to succeed. I meet students where they're at and encourage them to increase their skills a little more each session.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would find out what a student's currency is to help them stay motivated. That might be unique for each student. Do they need to make a certain GPA to participate in a sport they love? Do they need an A in this class to apply to their dream college? I'll focus on whatever is motivating to each individual student and help them see the bigger picture of our work together.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would start to break the skill down step by step to identify the exact part that is giving them trouble, and go back and re-teach that skill. If a student is struggling with a concept, I'll try to present it in several different ways, and whenever possible, make it relevant to them.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
First, I would assess their fluency. If students are decoding sufficiently, it can make reading comprehension a real struggle. If their fluency is adequate, I would start with teaching them the most important things to look for when reading--main ideas, supporting details, and so on.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find it most helpful (especially with younger students) to talk to both the student and the parents to identify the issue we most need to work on. I know the student's time is valuable and I want to focus our sessions so they really benefit from them.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Whenever I can, I like to make the subject relevant to my students. If we're doing a math problem, and the student loves football, I can teach them fractions and percentages using a 100 yard football field as my example. I also want to make sure students have the skills they need to succeed. Reading isn't fun until you are proficient enough to read and enjoy the story. Once students know they can be successful, they're often more willing to engage with a subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would check for understanding throughout the lesson. I might give the student sample problems to work through, or even ask them to teach me how to do a problem or explain a concept.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I show students how much they already know, and then we formulate a plan to get them to where they need to be. Many students are discouraged because they've struggled with a subject. I will help them build the skills to be successful. Once they start getting better grades and understanding the content, their confidence improves.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I often start with looking at some of the student's current coursework. I want to see the topics they are working on and tailor my tutoring to the concepts they are struggling with.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I know that different students learn in different ways. I'll tailor my tutoring to students based on the type of learner they are (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, etc.). We might make up a silly song, use a visual aid, like a Venn diagram, or sound out syllables by clapping our hands.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
This varies greatly depending on the subject. I'll utilize the online whiteboard and editing tools. I also am a big proponent of manipulatives for subjects like math.