I am experienced working with students who have learning difficulties and also enjoy working with students who need to be challenged more. I am creative and love getting to know students on a one-to-one basis. I also have the ability to explain complicated concepts in many different ways.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Edinburgh - Bachelors, Politics
Graduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Wilmington - Masters, MAT Middle Grades ELA and SS
horseback riding, the outdoors, reading, traveling
College Level American History
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
High School World History
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe students should be encouraged to be the best they can be with appropriate support and guidance from teachers, their school, and tutors. I believe students should be able to succeed at school no matter what their background may be. I strive to do my best by all students and encourage them to be their best.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session for elementary/middle school students, I would want to see the student's past work. In a writing session, I might come with some prepared questions for them to answer. In a reading session, I would ask them to bring the book they are currently reading. For math, I would want to look at their most recent notes or tests (from class, not standardized) and work through the problems they did not understand. For high school and college sessions, I would encourage them to guide the session, but would also look at their homework and past work to know where to start. For all students, I would start out with a conversation so we can get to know each other.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by increasing their organization/time management skills, and figuring out what motivates them to want to learn, using that knowledge to encourage them to succeed as an individual.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by figuring out what motivates them. I would ask them what their goals are in and outside of the classroom. We would then figure out what steps they need to take to accomplish those goals.