I have worked with all age students from K-12. Having a special education background, I believe ALL students can be successful and learn with the right assistance and motivation. I have dedicated the last 18 years to teaching and helping students of all ability levels and it is a personal quest for me.
I enjoy reading, quilting and watching some television with my family. I have two dogs that like to lay in my lap in the evenings. I like to walk and get exercise. Most of all I like to work with my students and see their smiles when they become more independent learners!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Upper Iowa University - Bachelors, Elementary Education and Special Education
Graduate Degree: Winona State University - Masters, Educational Leadership
Quilting, reading, watching television, cooking and spending time with family
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that given the correct motivation and structure, all students can and will be successful. Building trust with students and their families is key to every student's success.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the student, their interests, and what they feel they can and can't do. Ask them about themselves and how they think you can help them. Talk about yourself and start building the trust that is imperative to overall success.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students become independent when they begin to achieve successes, no matter how small. When they start to believe that they can be successful, they will become more independent.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Encouragement, building on the small successes, and gearing the tutoring towards their interests. You can use sports, shopping, video games...everything for every subject area. Give them the tools they will need to be career learners.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reread the material and read aloud to me; possibly their own decoding or fluency is impeding their overall comprehension. Stop reading, ask questions, and use picture clues if appropriate. Try and gear the reading material to something high interest to begin with.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Building a relationship; building trust. Students are afraid to fail, and they want to know there is a safety net and someone to help them get over the hump and learn the material they need. Make sure they know you believe in them and have their best interest at heart.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Be excited yourself, gear it towards their interests, build background information, see what they already know about a subject, and if you can align the tutoring session to their likes and interests.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Reviewing, questioning, informally assessing, and asking them to demonstrate the task without assistance and/or guidance.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
With every success, a student will feel more confident in the subject. Success builds on success. Once a student starts to build confidence in a subject, they are usually more willing to put forth more effort.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Informally assessing, using the work they are given at their grade level, parent's input, possibly the school's input, and input from the student as to what they feel they need to be successful.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Each student is an individual, and every tutoring session should be based on the specific student and their needs. if you need to reteach, you do; if you need to clarify directions, you do; if you need to break the work into smaller steps, you do; what the student's needs are drive the session and the future plan.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
All types: whiteboards, paper, pencils, books, worksheets (whether teacher created or self-created), calculators (if allowed), computers, and possibly manipulatives if needed. You use household items sometimes. You use what is needed to make the student feel and be successful.