I believe that learning is a lifetime journey that can be pursued through many paths. Curiosity is a wonderful thing and should always be fostered. There is a great big world out that that needs to be explored. Always be seeking, improving, and wondering. I have taught middle school for 17 years and try to pass on my love of learning to each and everyone of my students. I believe all students can be successful learners, although they may learn best in a wide variety of ways. When a student gets it, I get excited. I always do everything I can to make my students experience success.
In my spare time I like to workout and run. I love the beach and kayaking. My family is very important to me and we like to travel together whenever possible.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Brigham Young University-Provo - Bachelors, Pre-Physical Therapy
Graduate Degree: Georgian Court University - Masters, Education
Kayaking, hiking, working out, scrap booking, photography
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Science
High School Biology
Middle School Science
PRAXIS Core Math
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all students can experience success in learning. Learning needs to be individualized according to different learning styles.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first get to know the student. Ask them about their interests, extracurricular activities, and hobbies. I would ask them to identify their strengths and weaknesses and help them set some goals for our sessions. I would also ask them to commit to several things they are going to do to help meet their goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I like to scaffold learning. Let them have some experience with the information, provide some guided learning, let them complete some independent practice, and check for misconceptions/errors. Then let them have more independent practice and experience success. Students are more motivated when they have success.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help them set smaller achievable goals and take the time to celebrate those smaller achievements along the way to completing the overall goal.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try alternative teaching techniques because maybe the learning style I'm using isn't the best way for that student. Try something visual...draw it, diagram it, and chart it....make up a song or make it a game...take a different approach.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Struggling with reading comprehension is often at the root of students' learning difficulties. Reading comprehension is mainly improved by reading with the student and having them do more independent reading also. I've used several online programs that improve reading comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
First, I need to assess where they are academically. I often like to give a learning style assessment first so that I can choose teaching strategies that best meet the needs of my students.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Make it fun! There are lots of online games, reviews, and apps that give students practice with content in fun ways. Technology helps motivate a lot of students today. Also celebrate successes along the way.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I use a lot of different questioning techniques and have students produce a variety of products to make sure they understand the material. Having students use the information or skills in a variety of ways makes sure they truly understand it. Diagram it, teach it back to me or another student, use the skill to accomplish a new task and go above simple recall of information.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Celebrate success along the way. Break tasks/goals into smaller steps and celebrate these successes. I am very good at asking questions in such a way that students work through the answer. I don't accept "I don't know" as an answer. I help them see what they do know and then work with them to solve the problem/accomplish the task.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Pre-assessment is important to get a baseline. And then during the learning process, I have checkpoints to see where they currently are and then go from there. Checking for understanding along the way is very important.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
If I have taken the time to get to know my student, assessed their learning style, and pre-assessed their academics, it is easier to adapt to my students' needs. If one method isn't working, then I will try something else because education isn't one size fits all.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I tend to create a lot of my own materials. I pull in a lot of internet resources and use technology as often as possible. Examples are video clips, apps, Ted Talks, and YouTube.edu.