Over the last 10 years I have had the privilege to work with students all over the world, from many different backgrounds, and in many different subject areas. I have a master's degree in Education from Valparaiso University and am passionate about learning! My favorite part about teaching is helping students overcome their fear and dislike of subjects that are confusing or difficult for them. I think that when a tutor can break down the material into manageable pieces and explain it in new ways, all hard working students can make progress! I love to help students reach "Aha!" moments in their studies. I enjoy tutoring many different subjects and especially enjoy essays or writing assignments. In my spare time I like to teach piano lessons, take my puppy for long walks, travel, and test new dinner recipes with my husband.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Valparaiso University - Bachelors, Spanish and International Service
Graduate Degree: Valparaiso University - Masters, Master of Education Initial Licensure
GRE Verbal: 167
GRE Analytical Writing: 5
travel, cooking, playing with my puppy, reading, playing piano, singing
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I think that with diligence and curiosity, all people can learn! The excitement of teaching is helping students reach "Aha!" moments in their studies. The learning process should be fun. It should also be not too hard that it's discouraging, and not too easy that it's boring. A good instructor makes it her/his job to find that sweet balance!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session with a student, I would want to hear from the student who they are, what they are studying, what they are enjoying, where they are struggling, and most importantly what their goals are. Then I would want to see their assignments and any material they have (books, workbooks, handouts, etc.). I'd like to dive in right away and get some work done, starting with what the student knows and is comfortable with, and moving on until I can figure out where they most need help.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think that independent learning has a lot to do with confidence and enjoyment of the material. Tutors can help students build confidence by breaking down a project or assignment into smaller goals, and then facilitating the completion of those goals. It is always satisfying to make progress, and even small positive steps forward help motivate us to keep going!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would make sure a student understands enough so that they are not frustrated, and I would help students set and reach manageable goals with whatever they are working on. Having taught for 10 years, I have a lot of tips and tricks that can give a student fresh perspective. Also, a little encouragement can go a long way!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would help a student who is having difficulty with a skill or concept by working backwards -- that is, I would figure out what the student does know, and then build on that knowledge until the student is able to learn the new skill.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
First, I would make sure that the student understands all of the vocabulary in the reading selection. Next, I would help the student prepare for reading by gathering information and making predictions about the passage. Once the student has a good general idea of what the reading is about, we can dive in. Along the way I check for understanding, and at the end, review what has been learned.