The human brain has lots of potential, and I am the tutor who finds pure joy in sharing those "ah-ha" moments with my students. Those moments when their minds open up to accept new information. The moments when they "get it."
As a Maryland certified secondary English teacher, I engage students at their readiness levels to support them with mastering content they find difficult.
I am proud student of Morgan State University in Baltimore. I was a classroom teacher for 5 years until 2015. Before that, I was bureau chief at The Afro-American Newspapers for 5 years, where I worked as an award-winning journalist. As of late, I am freelance writer, reading interventionist, tutor, and substitute teacher.
What I enjoy most is helping individuals communicate through clear, concise writing. I work with students to write effectively at any level develop writing skills and to establish. "A good reader is a good writer, and a good writer is a good reader," is what I often say to my writing students to encourage them to continue sharpening their skills beyond the tutoring experience.
Writing is what I do the very best, and a I want to share my best with students looking for coaching and support.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Morgan State University - Bachelors, English
reading, writing, skating, crafts
College Application Essays
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Math
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The classroom is training ground for life; it is the place where futures are created and lives are transformed as a result of the pursuit of knowledge. As a teacher, my role is to provide an environment that promotes inquiry, autonomy, and collaboration in order to help my students maximize their potential. I challenge my students to question everything, even the teacher. For it is through inquiry that students are able to engage in a process of self-exploration that allows them to construct knowledge for themselves. I believe that acquired knowledge is more valuable than learning from someone else's experience. Therefore, I do not act as the gatekeeper to knowledge, rather; I am merely a seasoned learner acting as a link to resources that help them to draw conclusions about the world around them. A learning experience that empowers students to utilize inquiry as a means to acquire knowledge equally promotes a student's sense of autonomy. My classroom is a place where students feel secure enough to take risks and are inspired to be innovative. As students become increasingly confident in their skills to problem solve, they begin to take ownership of their learning experience, and more intrinsically motivated to reach their goals. While my challenge to students is to take the lead in their own educational experience through inquiry and taking risks with confidence, I also believe that an environment of collaboration is essential. When students are given the opportunity to work with the teacher to set goals for learning, they are more likely to vest interest in acquiring the knowledge that will help them to reach their goals. Autonomous, inquiry-based, and collaborative learning are all ingredients of a student-centered learning experience--an experience I strive to create for my students every academic year. It is my desire to foster a love for learning that will introduce my students to the endless opportunities life has to offer.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A typical first session with a student will be spent getting to know you, your strengths, areas you would like to grow in, why you are consulting a tutor, and your academic goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The study skills I teach will make you an independent learner, which will help you tackle tasks efficiently and accurately.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated through coaching and goal tracking, implementing activities and teaching strategies that capitalize on students' strengths, and helping students identify intrinsic motivators for academic success.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Graphic organizers and other visual aids are my first line of defense when assisting a student who has difficulty learning a skill or concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading aloud and vocabulary acquisition strategies are resources and strategies I use to help students struggling with reading comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
What I have found to be most successful when working with a student initially is before, during, and after reading strategies, including summarizing and note taking, making connections, and accessing and applying prior knowledge to new content.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Practice tests, graphic organizers, and audio notes are some techniques I would employ to help students understand the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would build on a student's confidence in a subject by acknowledging their strengths and showing him or her how to apply prior knowledge to knowledge he or she needs--or wants-- to acquire to meet with success.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate students' needs from interviewing the student and guardian (where applicable) to get a feel for areas of concern and collecting data from student work, instructor notes, and student profiles.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
A work session plan, visual aids, online resources, patience, and an open, focused mind is what I typically use during a tutoring session.