I believe that every student, no matter what age, can succeed if provided with the individualized instruction that he/she needs. Every student learns in a different way and at a different speed---my role is to find the ways to make learning attainable by each student.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Kansas State University - Bachelors, Secondary Education
Graduate Degree: Wichita State University - Masters, School Counseling
Cooking, gardening, spending time with my four children, husband, and extended family.
ACCUPLACER ESL Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep
ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep
College Application Essays
College Level American Literature
COMPASS Reading Prep
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
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
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that learning is dynamic and can be fun! The right combination of teacher personality, love of the subject and passion to help students all help to make students successful.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would introduce myself and take the time to learn about the student. I would have them complete a self-survey, which would indicated to me what they believe their strengths and weaknesses are, as well as their learning style.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by providing them with opportunities to attain success at levels that can then be built upon with higher level content.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by checking in with him/her frequently to see how day-to-day school/classes are going. I also would form a positive connection with the student, assuring them that I am there to help them.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help struggling readers by having them read aloud to me as well as I read aloud to them to model correct fluency. I also pick materials that are on an appropriate level for them to work on.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Introducing myself and getting to know the student by asking questions about their likes/dislikes are the best ways to start working with a student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would find something that they are intrigued by or interested in to use as material for the class.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I use techniques such as question/answer, having the student teach me the material, and having them model the material back to me.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence building happens when a student has success with a subject, so I find something that they like and connect the subject to their interest.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
The best way to evaluate a student's needs is to ask them for feedback and to evaluate if they have grasped the content.