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I am a graduate of Southern Nazarene University; I received my Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership. I am a passionate educator with ten years of experience teaching students from early elementary to middle school. I believe it is important to teach student's according to their learning style, therefore, I enjoy teach using diverse teaching strategies that allows for effective learning. I also enjoy helping students who learn differently prepare for both district and state assessments, reading comprehension skills and strategies, test taking strategies, writing skills and essay writing. I am a patient, positive, and passionate teacher dedicated to impacting and helping each of my students, not only achieve academic success, but also become life long learners. Personally, I enjoy reading, writing, exercising, outdoor activities, such as fishing and hunting and watching sports.

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Tayauna’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Southern Nazarene University - Bachelors, Organization Leadership

Tutoring Subjects

Adult Literacy

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing



Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that all students learn differently, and that diverse teaching strategies are necessary in order for students to retain information and concepts being taught.

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

In my first session with a student, I would greet him or her by name, and then proceed to introduce myself and share my excitement about the opportunity to work with the student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by first helping him to make a connection to the text or concept of focus. Next, I will model the skill and strategies for the student, and then guide him through a time of practice. After modeling and guiding, the student will have more confidence and will be more able to work independently.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I will motivate the student by continuously encouraging the student, and helping him or her to make connections to the text or content. Making connections sparks the student's interest, and keeps him engaged.

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

I would not only re-teach the skill or concept, but I would teach it differently. For example, I would incorporate visuals (pictures, videos, slides...) as well as graphic organizers to help with comprehension.

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

I help students with comprehension by igniting schema (background knowledge) and helping them make connections to the text. I also use before, during, and after reading strategies that aid in helping students comprehend.

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

I have found that helping students build on their background knowledge as well as helping them make connections, to be the most successful.

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

I would use the student's hobbies and other areas of interest to get the student excited and engaged.

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