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I graduated from Chico State and got my Bilingual Teaching Credential through an international program where I did my student teaching in Mexico, teaching Public, private and indigenous schools. After 9 months in Mexico. I ended my student teaching in San Diego. I have taught from Preschool to Seniors in high school. I love what I do. I have always wanted to teach and help students learn. Its easy for me to help any student who is in need. I am stronger in the Elementary areas, Math and Spanish. I am familiar with the new common core as well. I have enjoyed teaching for the past 10 plus years and would love to help any other student in need.

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Maria’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Chico - Bachelors, Liberal Studies


Soccer, reading, dancing, family, friends.

Tutoring Subjects


Conversational Spanish

Elementary School Math






Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is for students to have the opportunity to learn and be successful. I want to help them set boundaries and give them guidelines that will enable them to become self-disciplined and feel successful in life. I am aware of the different styles of learning; therefore, I will do everything I can to meet their needs and help them be successful.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

For the first session with a student, I will definitely have the student tell me about themselves and what they are having problems with. It will give me a clear picture on how I can help him/her and how to approach her/his struggles.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I will have different materials depending on what the needs are for the student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will help a student become an independent student by helping them answer their own questions with support and encouragement.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

To help a student stay motivated, you have to be excited to teach and like what you do. My attitude will help the student's confidence.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

There are many ways for a student to learn. Therefore there are different ways to teach a student. I will do my best to know the way each student learns to use the right skills and activities to help them out.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Comprehension has always been a hard concept for students. I will read out loud with them. We can discuss the text. When questions are asked, the student can underline the answer and be able to know why that is the answer.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Most successful strategy is to be patient and open minded. Get to know the student and where they are coming from.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Every student will have a subject they are struggling with. As a teacher, it's my job to keep learning fun and help them have a connection to the subject.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Assess and ask for understanding.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

To build a student's confidence in a subject, I would let them know that I believe in them and that I will give them support.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Assess the student, and get to know them and where they come from.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

It is dependent on the student's needs. Be open minded.

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