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A little about myself: I was born and raised in Long Beach, CA. Although I was saved and baptized when I was 7, somewhere along the way my family stopped attending church and got lost. I rededicated my life to Christ at around 23, got married and moved to Phoenix, AZ.
A short while after having my daughter, I divorced my abusive husband and decided to continue my education as an online student at GCU. So at that point I was raising my daughter on my own with no friends or family in Phoenix, working full time, and attending school double full time but by the grace of God, we made it!
I earned my Bachelor’s in Christian Studies and attended the graduation ceremony in April, 2015 with my daughter, mother, and brother seeing me become the first college graduate in my family! Shortly thereafter, God called me to move to Houston, TX where again, I didn’t know anyone nor did I have a job lined up. It was both scary and exciting, my daughter (who is now 7 going on 37) and I love it here, attend Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Center Church, and have abundantly blessed since we got here in July. I own a small business that has increased in sales unexpectedly and exponentially.
It is my passion to teach for at least 2 years before traveling all around the world with my daughter, teaching English as a Second Language.


Undergraduate Degree:

Grand Canyon University - Bachelors, Christian Studies

Graduate Degree:

Grand Canyon University - Current Grad Student, Secondary Education

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

Philosophical Ethics

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Get to me, give the student the opportunity to share with me some fun facts about themselves, and introduce them to my class structure.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Ask them to write in a journal at least 4 times weekly so that they (and their parents) can track their development independently.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By being their cheerleader! I give small rewards for small accomplishments throughout the year.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Ask probing questions to identify exactly what portion of the material the student didn't fully ascertain so that I can recover that material, incorporating different learning styles/instructional strategies more fitting for that student.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Personal journals, word of the week, dictionary/thesaurus, and speed reading techniques that leave out words that are unnecessary for comprehending the story/subject matter.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Getting the student to like me. Once they know a little about me and like me, then they will trust and respect me. If a student trusts and respects me, they lose apprehension, and they are more able to learn.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

By letting them know how I've personally struggled with the subject and how I overcame it, we can implement those ideas into my instruction.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Learning styles and instructional strategies would be used such as: writing/reading, use of technology, hands-on training, proximity, and voice inflection.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

By being their cheerleader and rewarding all the small accomplishments that build to a larger accomplishment. Letting them know that, regardless of how they feel now, they can be successful in the subject.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Through both formal and informal assessment.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Depends on the situation/student: if the student is more hands on, then use more toys/manipulatives. If they're more into text, then incorporate more journals/reading and writing opportunity.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Journals, scratch paper, projectors, anchor charts, Microsoft Word, PowerPoints, books, and research as needed.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Firm yet loving.