I'm a single mother of one awesome kid! I have my Bachelor of Christian Studies, currently working on my Master of Secondary Education.
I currently reside in Houston, TX however I was born and raised in Long Beach, CA.
I'm a teacher by nature that also loves to learn! My favorite subjects are reading and writing!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Grand Canyon University - Bachelors, Christian Studies
Graduate Degree: Grand Canyon University - Current Grad Student, Secondary Education
I love reading, writing, music, and music.
Q & A
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.