I have been involved in education since I was 15L I taught my first summer school class at the elementary school level. It was also then that I did my first tutoring. I come from a family of educators, my grandmother having written her own math textbooks in the 1950s and 1960s and my mother having taught Kindergarten for over 10 years and preschool for years before that.
I have been a full time teacher since I graduated from UC Davis in 2008. I love teaching and I love what I do. I look forward to working with you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelors, International Relations
Graduate Degree: Boise State University - Current Grad Student, Education Technology
Love music, swimming, basketball, reading, listening to records and going to music concerts.
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
PC Basic Computer Skills
SAT Subject Test in Japanese with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teach to the heart and keep your eyes open to new possibilities.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
We start with basic information about each other to get to know one another. It is important to make a personal connection first rather than dive immediately into challenging material.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student can become an independent learner by discovering for his or herself why that student would want to succeed. Ultimately, this has to be an element of a student's pride that comes from within.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I like to incorporate appropriate and relevant games into my work with students. Students tend to have more engagement when they are having fun. But it needs to be meaningful and appropriate to the lesson.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
A difficult skill or concept needs to be broken down into its constituent parts. Sometimes students need scaffolding to reach their goals and achieve within a concept or skill.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Students who are struggling with reading comprehension need to learn techniques to support cognitive processes that would be occurring in strong readers. These skills can be taught!
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that when I start to work with a student, sharing a personal story can be very helpful in making a personal connection.