I am a 38 year veteran of public school. I am a reading specialist and have experience on a curriculum leadership team. I prefer to use different modalities to instruct and model how to learn in different contexts and make learning "fun". I have administered standardized tests and mentored beginning teachers. I have worked with students in ESL and behavior management. I love witnessing students' progression in learning.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Florida International University - Bachelors, Fine Arts/ Education
Graduate Degree: Nova Southeastern University - Masters, Elementary Ed/ Leadership
Singing, Volunteering for different events in the Miami Area. Mainly with Young people. I love going to church and spending time with my family.
Elementary School Reading
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that if a Child is shown structure and love and lots of encouragement, their minds will grow. The more you read and write, the more you grow.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Talk to my client and get to know them. Listen to the parents and read what my client's teacher wants me to work on.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teaching them, taking one step at a time.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Listening, knowing their interest, and, most of all, lots of encouragement.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Reteach it over and over again using different methods.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Building confidence and developing a word bank and vocabulary. Comprehension is #1.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
1. Talking about their interest. 2. What they want to know about me. 3. Discussing the importance of a great education.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
With fun and motivating games, and by learning a new word every session.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Q&A time and overall review.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Being their biggest cheerleader!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Mini review, both written and oral.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Whatever they need at the time.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Materials the student uses in their classroom and my personal collection.