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Susan

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For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a teacher. I believe that teaching is more than a job, more than a career; it is a calling. Making a difference in the lives of others is important to me. I can't think of another job that offers that opportunity as much as teaching.

Susan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Sam Houston State University - Bachelors, Education

Graduate Degree: Tarleton State University - Masters, Education Administration

Hobbies

reading, traveling, spending time with my family, taking road trips, and learning new stuff!

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

Adult Literacy

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

COMPASS Reading Prep

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

GED Prep

GED Math

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

ISEE Prep

ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Middle Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Upper Level Reading Comprehension

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Phonics

Pre-Algebra

Spelling Bee

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

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

The first session would begin with me getting to know my student. I want to know what they enjoy doing, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and find something that we have in common. The commonality will give us something from which to build a relationship. After these things are accomplished, it will be time to get down to the business at hand - learning!

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

My job as a teacher is to teach. I am not teaching if a student is not learning. If a student is not learning a concept, I put into action the saying, "Try, try again." I try new explanations, new strategies, and sometimes just give it a break for a while. Many times, a student just needs to stew on the concept for a bit. Taking a break and coming back to it later often allows the student to see the problem through new eyes.