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Kaitlyn

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Over the years I have had the great opportunity of working closely with students of all ages, cultures, and learning styles. As an undergrad at Chico State University I volunteered at the local dual-immersion elementary school and worked one-on-one with students who needed support in developing their reading, math or writing skills.
During my summers home from Chico I worked at the local aquatics center in my hometown providing swim lessons to community members of all ages. I also coached the JR. Lifeguard participants, ensuring they became stronger swimmers, and learned the importance of water safety.
I am currently working with English language learners who have come to the United States from various countries and cultures, which they also bring their different perspectives and learning styles. I have learned to collaborate with my students to ensure they are successful academically and socially, in the classroom and can adapt to their new surroundings and cultures.
As a teacher and tutor my goal is to help spark the love of learning and maintain a growth mindset to foster a positive relationship with education.

Kaitlyn’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: CSU Chico - Bachelors, Bilingual Liberal Studies

Hobbies

Hiking, swimming, jogging, cooking, reading, crafting, kayaking

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

AP Spanish Language & Culture

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

ESL/ELL

ISEE Prep

ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning

Languages

Math

Other

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Test Prep


Q & A

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

During the first session, it is always a good idea to get to know the student academically as well as personally. Asking the student a few questions that allow me to get to know them better, for example favorite cartoon character, hobbies, etc. Knowing my student at a personal level fosters a connection, which will then allow for a trustful and comfortable learning environment. Then, as sessions progress, I can use personal connections to undo their academic misunderstandings.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teacher modeling is the best way to help guide students to becoming independent learners. An example would be a math problem that might give them trouble. Showing the student how to get the answer, walking them through each step and constantly checking for understanding to ensure they are grasping the concepts. Once they have shown understanding, you gradually allow the student to complete the problems with little to no help from the teacher. Once they can complete problems on their own, you've successfully guided a student to becoming an independent learner.

What is your teaching philosophy?

No two minds are alike; therefore, I will not treat students as such. Each student is a unique character within the classroom, and as the teacher it is my job to help guide these unique personalities. In order to foster an environment that is culturally relevant and academically stimulating, all students should be engaged through collaborative conversations, meaningful interactions and be held to high expectations.