I have 3 years of teaching experience, I am a certified Special Education teacher in the City of New York. I have a bachelor of arts in History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and i also have a Master of Science in Special Education from Lehman College. My GPA average at Lehman was a 3.4 upon graduation. After graduating, I had also intended on going back to school for nursing, so I took a few prerequisite courses in order to qualify for the program. I completed Anatomy and Physiology I&II, Organic Chemistry, and Microbiology. My non-matriculate GPA is a 3.6. I have taught in the south Bronx, the north Bronx, and most recently in Yonkers Public Schools.
Yonkers Public Schools has a program funded by the city that allows for in home tutoring to be made available to students who were either displaced from school for some reason or students who are new to the district. I was a tutor in this program for two years, and I had complete and utter success. I had one student that had a brain operation that was out of school for 3 months from April until the end of the year. We studied together 3 times a week for her Global History Regents Exam and she passed her exam with a 92 - highest in the district in ages.
I take excessive pride in building relationships with my students and their families. It allows the teaching process to be that much easier when everyone in the room has a sense of accountability. I can bring a level of success to your students that will really speak for itself and further contribute to the success the company has already experienced.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: College of Mount Saint Vincent - Bachelors, History
Graduate Degree: CUNY Lehman College - Masters, Special Education
State Certified Teacher
Comedy, weight training
7th Grade Science
8th Grade Science
Anatomy & Physiology
College Level American History
College World History
High School Chemistry
High School Level American History
High School World History
Middle School Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
Focus on building the relationships, and the rest will follow. Most kids don't learn well in school because they don't want to be there. Give them a reason to be there and they'll make good use of their time.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'd discuss the possible reasons why there are needs for tutoring in this subject.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by encouraging them to ask as many questions as possible, and then walking them through the necessary steps to answer the questions they've posed.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I'd tell them to draw out or write down their end goal, and then look at that end goal everyday before they go to sleep and in the morning when they wake up.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I'd break it down to its most empirical form and allow the student to express it in a language familiar to them.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
We answer target questions paragraph by paragraph in order to maintain the scope and sequence of the story.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Diagnostic assessments, and then casual conversation.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By speaking to them and being honest about the subject. I tell a student, "I know this is boring, but you and I are going to make it as fun as possible."