I taught public school 6th, 7th, and 8th graders for 10 years and loved it! The students I worked with were unique in that they had realized many areas where they excelled, but they really needed someone who could motivate them and boost their confidence in their weaker areas. I have currently taught kindergarten for the past 14 years, and I also love this group of learners! Going through the process of teaching them to read is a passion of mine, and seeing that look on their face when they get it, they know they are "READERS!"; it's priceless! My own daughter struggles with dyslexia, so working with her has given me lots of insight into the patience and different teaching approaches I need to use to help each individual student reach their goals. I am very patient and work with each child to learn their strengths and then work with those strengths to help them succeed.
Undergraduate Degree: Oklahoma Christian University - Bachelors, Mass Communications/Journalism
I am interested in nature, photography, reading, writing, and listening to people.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I will work with my student's motivation by offering lots of praise and frequent rewards for success.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every child can learn. Each child learns at a different time and in their own style. I like to work with that child in finding the style that works best for them. I find the strengths and weaknesses of each child, and then I teach towards their strengths to make the most advantage of our learning time together.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know a child by talking to them about their likes and dislikes. I would want to know how they feel about school in general, especially if they feel confident about their reading or if they dislike reading. Then, I would want to read with the child to see where they are so that I will know where we need to begin.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
After I teach a child, I like to have them teach it back to me. I feel like that is a great way to determine if a child has mastered a skill. If they can teach it back to me, they have used the words and put together the concepts in their head so that there is a greater chance they will remember what we have done during our time together.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I often pause before turning the page when I am reading and ask students to predict what might happen next. Or sometimes, we rewrite the ending of a story to work on our creativity. Asking a student to keep in mind the who, what, when, where, and how of the story is a good way to keep them engaged in the comprehension of what they are reading.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I have many ways of praising a student's success and using frequent rewards to boost their confidence.