I have a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management, a Masters Degree in Education and currently I am on a hiatus from my Doctoral program of Higher Education and Adult Learning of which I have two courses including a research course and project to complete, prayerfully I will return to complete the program soon.
I am excited about where I am today, Education and serving in the community service is my passion, currently I work as an Educator in the North East area of Minneapolis. I have tutored adult computer classes at Twin City Rise, St. Paul, MN; I have tutored adults in literacy skills in West Memphis, AR and Memphis, TN. I currently serve on the Board of First Step of Hope, Inc., as well as President-Elect of the North Minneapolis Rotary Club and Minneapolis Dept. of Health; Community Action Network Committee.
I have a passion for Education I happen to believe it is the key to open doors for a successful life and self fulfillment.
Undergraduate Degree: Columbia College - Bachelors, Business Administration/Management
Graduate Degree: Strayer University-Tennessee - Masters, Education
President-Elect of N. MN Rotary Club, Community Service, Reading, Traveling
What is your teaching philosophy?
If in a classroom, everyone should equally respect each other by listening, and we can all agree to disagree respectfully. In teaching, I believe students should be given choices in order for them to get the full experience of thinking and learning. Teach them how to decide responsibly. Teachers have a hard job, but they should not give up and continue to expect amazing results from each and every student and remember that not all will be on the same level at the same time. Our job is to help them get there. Teachers have to be active listeners and have the ability to utilize various methods of teaching.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce myself to break the ice, and help the student feel comfortable and confident in my services.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student by teaching them study skills and habits to adopt while learning. Independent learning comes with confidence from studying.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By encouraging them and showing them ways to enhance their study habits, and as they raise their grades, praise their efforts.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, find out where the trouble is. Once that is identified, help them to understand in terms they are comfortable with.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
By asking them what they interpret, and then put the story or the reading into a concept or story they can relate to.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
First, getting them to feel comfortable with me. Once they feel at ease, they can begin to focus and concentrate on what we are learning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I find the one thing about the subject that they do enjoy, and then I can incorporate the other things they are not so enthusiastic about.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I ask questions and I let the student tell me about the material, and then I can get a better idea of what they really understand.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By acknowledging that they do understand and know the material. Also, by letting them talk; not just me talking and tutoring them.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By assessing what they have to accomplish, what they know and what they do not understand. Then I can put a plan together to help them get to where they want to be
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I am flexible, and it's about how the student learns. Everyone is different, so I assess what will work for each student and go with it.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Study notes, the book, and materials to help understanding(the Internet, dictionary, calculator or whatever is necessary and available).