My interest in tutoring began years ago. Growing up I had the opportunity to babysit which gave me an opportunity to help those younger than me. I later went on to earn a bachelors in early childhood education and taught Pre K-2 grade for 7 years. Prior to teaching I worked in a child care center with age groups birth to school age. I currently work as an education consultant supporting students and teachers nation wide with reading, math and science program. In addition to my bachelors I hold masters degree from Johns Hopkins University in administration and supervision and a graduate certificate from George Washington university.
Undergraduate Degree: Salisbury University - Bachelors, Early Childhood
Graduate Degree: Johns Hopkins University - Masters, Supervision and Administration
family time, arts - painting, crafts, reading
What is your teaching philosophy?
As an educator, I strongly believe that every child can learn. Students learn using a variety of teaching styles and techniques. When students are interested and engaged in how new information is taught, students are able to learn. I strongly believe no person learns the exact same way. It is very important to use a wide variety of teaching methods when providing instruction.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During the first session I would meet with the student and parents to discuss their needs and skills. I would ask the student to share their interests, and we will begin working on the area they requested for tutoring with a fun opening activity.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students can become independent learners when they are taught a variety of strategies to solve a wide variety of problems.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Positive praise is always important. As students work they should always be encouraged.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would examine what the student is struggling with and ask the student to share what they would like more help with. I would teach the skill using different methods to see if the student learns using a different method of instruction.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I assist students that are struggling with reading comprehension by discussing the text. I teach students to make connections, predictions and inferences. I encourage students to reread using close read strategies.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find arts, engaging activities, and connecting student interest the best strategies that help students become successful learners.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would connect a student's interests to the subject they are struggling with. For example, if a student is struggling with math but really enjoys football, I would create math problems that incorporate football.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would use exit slips or tickets to check for understanding. We will always review before completing a session.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive praise and reinforcement are key!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I analyze student work and student data.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I develop my tutoring based on individual student needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use a wide variety of learning manipulatives.