I have been working in education for the past eighteen years. I have tutored a variety of subjects ranging from elementary school to high school.
My area of concentration is mathematics however, I am state certified in the state of Texas to teach all subjects grades 4-8. I also have an ESL certification.
There is nothing better than seeing a child finally understand a concept! Being able to make impact on a young persons life is my driving force.
It is my belief that all children can and want to learn. Learning is the avenue to opportunities. It is my job to provide access points to children in order for them to grasp the information.
My background in education, helps me to scaffold material while presenting lessons in creative ways. This helps the student to better understand the concept in different ways.
Undergraduate Degree: American InterContinental University-Houston - Bachelors, Criminal Justice
Graduate Degree: LeTourneau University - Masters, Education
Outside of working a full time job teaching, I enjoy reading books. I particularly love to read mysteries and novels. I also love the outdoors. I spend every opportunity that I can taking in different activities outdoors. I enjoy fishing and taking long bike rides with my family. I am a novice photographer, who enjoys getting those unique outdoor shots.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy of teaching evolved from many years of teaching experience. As I reflect on my beliefs regarding teaching and learning, I find that my mission as a teacher is threefold: *to promote positive learning; *to spark learner enthusiasm for learning; *and to provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning. To accomplish this, I enjoy applying a wide variety of strategies based on essential educational principles encompassing cognitive functioning, learning theory, diversity issues, instructional planning and assessment.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by: Believing in them. Being extremely encouraging. Making learning fun. Having open conversations. Celebrating accomplishments.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
One strategy to remedy this problem is to teach students word families. I would also model self-questioning during listening activities to focus students' attentions on the main idea of the text. I would also engage in a conversation with the students about a selection before, during, and after reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
1. Learning about the student without judging. 2. Engaging in open dialogue.