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.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Sam Houston State University - Bachelors, Education
Graduate Degree: Tarleton State University - Masters, Education Administration
reading, traveling, spending time with my family, taking road trips, and learning new stuff!
COMPASS Writing Skills
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension
ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning
ISEE-Middle Level Reading Comprehension
ISEE-Upper Level Reading Comprehension
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
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.