I work in a middle school classroom with children who experience a variety of disabilities ranging from being on the Autism Spectrum, to traumatic brain injuries, to intellectual learning disabilities. The goal of our classroom is to help our students meet their social, emotional, and academic goals. I plan to pursue a certification in ESE to continue serving an underserved group. I love working with students to develop goals and strategies for success. I tend to focus on English, writing, literature, and grammar with my tutoring students. I can cover a wide range of subjects if necessary, however. In my spare time I like to travel, go to museums, take road trips, do yoga, read, write, and make mixed media art pieces.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: George Washington University - Bachelors, Journalism
ACT Composite: 28
Yoga, meditating, reading, politics, photography, videography, documentary films, gardening, cooking, live music, and road trips.
ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep
ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep
AP US History
Basic Computer Literacy
CLEP American Government
CLEP American Literature
CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
CLEP College Composition
CLEP English Literature
CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
CLEP Introductory Psychology
CLEP Principles of Marketing
CLEP Social Sciences and History
College Application Essays
College Level American History
College Level American Literature
College Political Science
COMPASS Reading Prep
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
FCAT 2.0 Prep
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
GED Social Studies
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Political Science
High School Writing
IB Visual Arts
Mac Basic Computer Skills
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
US Constitutional History
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I strive to adapt to each student's individual learning style. I learn in a variety of ways, and I know each student is just as unique. I want to empower every student to unlock their academic potential.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Assess where the student's strengths and weaknesses lie academically, while also getting to know them as a person. The better you understand a student, the more you can help them achieve their goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Instead of simply helping the student get through a particular assignment, I look for larger patterns in order to address root issues instead of just the symptoms. For example, if a student was having a particularly difficult time in forming a thesis statement, I would take a step back and explain what elements make a good thesis statement and how to put the theory into practice.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Celebrating victories is essential to staying motivated. I would find out what kind of rewards the student was interested in and make a series of challenging but achievable goals to help them strive even further, and then follow through with my reward system.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, I would ask if they could explain what was confusing them or making it difficult for them to grasp. If they couldn't pinpoint where they were getting stuck or hadn't had the concept fully explained, I would break it down piece by piece. After I explained the concept, I would ask them to put it into practice to demonstrate they understood. I would also check to see if they had any other questions I could answer to clarify the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would start by having the student read a paragraph aloud and underlining any words they thought were important. Then, I would ask them what they think the paragraph is about and how the words they underlined help emphasize that point. If they don't know how to answer these questions, I would break the paragraph down further by asking them to read each sentence and then summarize in their own words what happened. I would also suggest pausing after each paragraph to jot down some main ideas before moving onto the next so it wasn't as overwhelming after reading the passage to answer questions about it. In addition, I would check to see if the student was comfortable with the vocabulary level incase that is an area we needed to focus on. I would encourage students to ask questions about any words or phrases they didn't understand.