I am a life-long learner who specializes in special education. I have earned an Associate's in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education from Chattahoochee Technical College, a Bachelor of Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Cultural Studies from Mercer University, and a Master's of Education in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. I am also certified in Special Education (P-12) (P-8 all content.) Since graduating, I have had the opportunity to work teach Pre-K students all the way through early high school. Although I have experience teaching several grades, middle school up to 10th grade are by far my preferred grade levels. I prefer to tutor students who struggle in a particular area to reach achievement goals. My favorite subjects to teach are LA, math and reading as I get to hear the voice of the individual through reading with expression and read the voice through the recording of written thoughts.
My philosophy on teaching is simple - utilize learning styles and work towards independence on reaching goals. My style is straight forward and to the point as possible with breaking down of material as needed. Outside of academics, some of my interests include traveling, assisting others in need and enjoying family time.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Mercer University - Bachelors, Liberals Studies
Graduate Degree: Grand Canyon University - Masters, Special Education
Traveling, sight-seeing, walking, antique shopping, enjoying familiy time, reading, researching, advocating for special needs students, assisting struggling learners, organizing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Students learn best through appropriate, individual styles of learning. Learning takes place through careful and well-thought out instruction that enables self-confidence and independence.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would ask probing questions in an effort to get to know the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by scaffolding.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would assist a student in remaining motivated by encouraging the little things. I would also remind the student of his or her goals.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try another approach if a student presented difficulty with a skill.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When students struggle with reading comprehension, I meet the student on his or her zone of proximal development. I then use scenarios geared towards personal development.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The use of graphic organizers, fill in the blanks, and before, during and after reading questions are helpful reading strategies.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would utilize real-world scenarios and interests geared toward the student's life in effort to get a student engaged in a difficult subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would use assessments before and after to be sure a student understands material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build student confidence in a subject by maximizing individual strengths.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate student needs through the use of individual assessment data.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt tutoring to individual needs by determining appropriate learning styles and utilizing techniques that work for the student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During a tutoring session, I may use books, worksheets, dry erase boards and/or manipulatives. It all depends on student need.