I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from Notre Dame de Namur University in Northern California. I recently received my Master's Degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix.
Currently, I am teaching English to Chinese students. I am a seasoned professional with teaching experience in excess of 30 years.
I am a proponent of active learning and use a variety of methods to encourage discussion and interaction. One method I use that I have found to be particularly effective is to teach students material or provide examples that are relevant to their everyday lives.
My commitment is to the students and their learning. Tutoring should be presented in such a way as to clearly define objectives and expectations from the very beginning
I believe students learn most effectively when they are self-directed in their learning. Students want to participate in what and how they are learning. I often take suggestions regarding their interests and how they learn best. I make a conscious effort to know my students by name and have an idea of who they are and where they come from.
I strive to provide a positive working and learning environment for students. I have found that making a course memorable, fun, and unique is what makes students respond enthusiastically.
Regardless of their backgrounds, socio-economic situation, level of ability, or otherwise, students are treated respectfully. All students can achieve; it is my responsibility to assure them of my full attention.
While music is my first love, I have traveled to all 7 continents and enjoy binge watching great television shows. Toy collecting is another hobby of mine, and I can't get enough of the Munsters television show from the 1960s.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Notre Dame de Namur University - Bachelors, Theater Arts
Graduate Degree: University of Phoenix-Dallas Campus - Masters, Adult Education and Training
Traveling, music, playing guitar, binge watching good TV shows.
10th Grade Reading
11th Grade Reading
9th Grade Reading
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I believe students learn most effectively when they are self-directed in their learning. At the teen and adult level, students want to participate in what they are learning. I take many suggestions from students regarding their interests and how they learn best. I try to accommodate them within the guidelines of the curriculum and the syllabus.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would make every effort to get to know the student. I would show interest in them and their learning. By letting them know they are in a safe non-judgmental environment where their opinions matter.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students can become independent learners by participating and having a say in their own learning. Students do not want to be talked "at". They want to participate and be heard.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated through encouragement. I am gifted at rallying students and building their confidence.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My commitment is to students and their learning. Tutoring sessions should be presented as to clearly define objectives and expectations from the very beginning. I want students to feel empowered by self-directed learning and being able to participate by bringing their own experiences with them. I want to build their confidence and provide usable real world examples.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I encourage maximum participation and reassure the student that they do not need to fear a subject. I slowly build on existing knowledge and help them to expand their acceptance of new and related material.