I attended the University of Northern CO for my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and received my Master’s Degree in Education from Texas A&M. I believe that ALL children are learners EVERY day! It is my personal goal to provide the necessary guidance and instruction to foster student motivation, creativity and confidence for success. Most of my teaching experience revolved around literacy instruction for students K-5th grade. I was a trainer for Texas Third Grade Reading Academy, presenter at the International Reading Association and Texas Reading Initiative. I am a mover and a shaker in all aspects of life! I am a marathon runner, grandmother, mother, wife and lover of life!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Northern Colorado - Bachelors, El Ed General
Graduate Degree: Texas A & M University-Commerce - Masters, Education Admin
Trail and distance running, family and food
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching should be personal, fun and meaningful while also engaging through valuable conversations and tasks. A good teacher scaffolds instruction with the goal of independence for the student!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A first session would be a "getting to know you" session. I would spend the majority of the time learning about the student: likes, hobbies, favorite subjects, interests, etc. I would also share the same about myself.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Scaffolding: starting with strong teacher support while giving new learning material, and then backing off a little at a time until the student is independent at the task.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Enthusiasm is contagious! Rewards and incentives are a great tool!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When a student encounters difficulty with a concept, I approach that skill in a different way to reteach.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
There are many ways to aid comprehension: break down the material and ask questions to check for understanding, read, cover, repeat, change variety of note-taking tasks, and use questioning techniques.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Again, my enthusiasm will mirror student engagement. Reward systems can also motivate students.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would try to incorporate multi-kinesthetic methods, reteach material the following lesson as review, quiz or have the student create a quiz and answer their own.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Building confidence starts with the rapport you have with a student. I always use praise and body language that builds confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Evaluation would take place after material has been covered and the student shows mastery in practice. I do not believe in too fast a pace as mastery comes with repetition.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt student needs according to learning style, need for accommodation according to test results or any mental/physical challenges the student may have.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use various materials that the student may require from their school and implement what I deem necessary in addition: books, manipulatives, pictures, songs, movement, or art.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
As previously mentioned, I start with a "getting to know you" session showing my interest and concern for them. Then, I share similar information about myself and allow appropriate questions to be asked.