With seventeen plus (17+) years as a highly successful Mathematics Educator, I have a vast knowledge base of all aspects of how to teach Mathematics to a wide array of learners. I enjoy helping others understand and succeed at Mathematics, especially when it has been a subject area in which they have struggled in the past. I use the expertise that I have gained over the many years that I worked with an assortment of different types of learners to reach each student where they currently are and help him/her get to our established goal. I take pride in seeing my students succeed beyond all past expectations.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Delta State University - Bachelors, Mathematics
Graduate Degree: American InterContinental University-Atlanta - Masters, Information Technology
My hobbies and interest are varied and include, but are not limited to the following: reading while listening to music, camping in the mountains, golfing, tennis, trips to the beach, cruises, cabin trips, attending concerts and sporting events, trying new restaurants, going to the movies and just cooking and relaxing at home.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy has been molded from the many years that I spent as a classroom educator. First, I believe that every student can learn as long as the educator meets the child where he/she is and works through differentiated instructions methods to reach higher level, attainable goals. Secondly, I believe in providing the learners with a fun, goal-oriented, student-centered environment in which we not only celebrate success but measurable progress as well. Lastly, I believe it is the charge of an educator to motivate each student to want to be a lifelong learner and continue to seek knowledge throughout his/her chosen path.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During my first session with a student, I would typically have a "get to know the student and expectations" session. For example, I may have the parents fill out a questionnaire concerning strengths, weaknesses, learning style and expectations in order to build a learning plan to meet the needs of the student. Also, I would be sure to set a positive tone for the student so that he/she will feel comfortable and at ease with the learning environment.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe that the key to motivating a student to become an independent learner is to set clear, attainable goals. By doing this, the student has his/her destination in mind and they follow the sequential instructions, tasks, and assessments that lead to achieving each milestone as a clear path to reaching the specified goals. While along the way, the learner is encouraging the student to identify, learn from and correct errors in thought process and/or computation.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
In order for students to be motivated about a subject, the educator must first show genuine interest in the subject and the student, as well as be able to present the subject as exciting. Also, the educator must keep each task, assignment and/or assessment aligned with reaching the specified learning goals. There must always be some flexibility in the process as the educator and learner work together to attain these goals.