I always knew that I was happiest when I was helping others. In high school I was a teacher's aide for the special education class, and I loved it! After high school I went to Phoenix College, where I played softball, for two years. While I was there I took a couple of education classes; because like most college students I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. Each summer I was a caregiver for children with disabilities. I transferred from Phoenix College to Metropolitan State University-Denver, where I continued to play softball and go to school. While at Metropolitan State University- Denver, I got my degree in Therapeutic Recreation. The summer after I finished all of my classes, I decided to get my Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate. I would one day like to travel to other countries, and teach English.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is student-centered. Teaching isn't about the teacher, it's about the students. It's about helping the students reach their goals and accommodating to their needs however possible.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I would like to discuss with the student what their goals are, plan a future schedule, and assess their needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think students learn best when they practice. I will give students the tools they need to feel comfortable practicing skills on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It has been proven that goals help keep students motivated. This why I think it is important to discuss goals from the beginning and reinforce them until they are reached.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try teaching the skill in different ways until it clicks with the student.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would keep it as simple as possible with the student. Reading can be fun if it is done at the student's proper level. I would take the time to explain whatever concept the student isn't understanding in order to make reading fun for them.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I'm a big supporter of positive re-enforcement. I think when students are confident in their abilities they can have fun learning. I think everyone is smart in their own way. It is the job of the teacher to find how a student learns best.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I think reminding the student of their goals will keep them engaged with the subject. I think making learning as fun as possible will help keep them excited, as well.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I think asking the student questions, communicating with the student, and looking at test scores are great ways to be sure that the student understands the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I think positive re-enforcement and keeping material at the student's level are great ways to build a student's confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Assessments, whether verbal or written, are usually the best way to evaluate a student's needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
The best way to accommodate a student's needs is to learn how they learn best. Everyone learns differently. Some students are visual learners while others are kinesthetic learners.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I'm a big fan of worksheets, flashcards, whiteboards, and books.