I am an 8th grade Language Arts teacher with a passion for reading and writing. I love the way reading a novel can pick you up and bring you anywhere. Someplace magical, someplace mysterious. Writing is an outlet used for expression and can be very therapeutic. Finding your creativity is a fun way to get to know yourself better.
In addition to teaching, I am also the debate coach at my school. I'm an animal lover and in my free time I volunteer at many different animal rescue associations.
I am able to travel throughout both Westchester, New York areas as well as Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Sacred Heart University - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: Sacred Heart University - Masters, Education
Debate team coach and judge, avid reader, creative writer, animal lover.
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that anyone is able to learn- we all just learn differently. Our mind is a muscle that we can improve. Everyone has the power to grow intellectually.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the student. Get to know their strengths and weaknesses. Get to know the material they are working on.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by teaching study skills, organizational skills, and helping students advocate for themselves in the classroom.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
If a student has difficulty with a skill or concept, I would break the concept down and teach the student the basics. Together, we would build a learning platform until the student felt comfortable with the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is a combination of vocabulary knowledge, fluency, and close reading. Together, we would work on these areas and break down the content until understood.