Welcome - I look forward to assisting you in reaching your educational goals!
I hold a Master Degree in Public Administration with a focus in healthcare. I am passionate about everything I do. Currently, I teach Ethics and Leadership for Adult Ed., classes in the community in which I live.
I love gardening, barbecues and quality times with family and friends - and summer! I play piano (though I am in need of practice), mostly popular tunes and light classical. I am active in my church, specifically, I am the church librarian. Evidence is a major focus for the resources available there.
I look forward to working with you!
Undergraduate Degree: University of Southern Maine - Bachelors, Sociology
Graduate Degree: Kaplan University-S Portland Maine - Masters, Public Administration - focus on healthcare
Gardening, barbecues, quality time with family and friends, playing the piano.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My experience has been (not only for myself but working with others) to utilize as many resources as possible to engage as many different learning styles as possible. For instance - for visual and auditory learners, I use videos or films where sight and sound are major components. Ultimately, I try to use whatever teaching style may be necessary to assist the student.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introductions. I like to spend the first 15 minutes or so introducing myself and asking the student to introduce himself/herself. This would include what subjects he/she is studying and what their educational and possibly career goals may be. Also, what sort of tutoring assistance they are seeking as well as how they think they best learn so I can keep this in mind when preparing lessons.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A significant part of that depends on the student. As much information as the student can give to me about how they learn and what works for them, I can help them develop ways to make the learning and educational process easier for them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I try to make learning interesting. My experience in life has taught me that, when a person can see personal results, that helps to motivate that person to press on towards their goal(s). So, I am a very goal-oriented individual. We make goals, and each time a student can see a goal obtained, it encourages self-esteem to grow as well as confidence.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Ask questions as to what is making the process difficult so that between the student and myself we can find a solution. I am also very observant. I can usually tell when someone is having difficulty before he/she says anything.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
My love of reading came from my parents, who were avid readers. They loved great stories, and I was privileged to hear them read aloud to me. Sometimes, a person, no matter what age, needs to hear stories read to them - to get the mind working. Then we talked about the story, the characters, the plot, the issues/themes of the story. If possible, also learning about the author's life. For myself, I love knowing about an author's life - because that often gives me insight into the stories this person creates. For instance, I love Charles Dickens, and I especially love, A Christmas Carol. Mr. Dickens grew up in poverty. The workhouses of Victorian England were well-known to him, as well as child labor.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know my student - likes/dislikes, educational and personal goals, and what sort of tutoring assistance he/she is seeking so that we can formulate a plan with attainable goals. That way we can stay focused.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
If at all possible, trying to find something exciting within that subject - trying to find an element within that subject that can personally speak to the student. When I was young, I really did not know how to study. I especially had a hard time with subjects like history, because the information in most instances happened so long ago, that I did not see how it related to me. Then my dad got involved. He loved history! When he read about the people, places, and events I saw his enthusiasm. He would ask questions that would help me to see the relevance of the materials. History? I love history!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I ask questions. But I may also give quizzes. I believe students need to be able to break down information so that they can see how to evaluate it. This, I believe, assists in the development of critical thinking skills. Identify, breakdown, and evaluate information.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By finding ways for the student to see progress. To experience self-progress is a fantastic motivator!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Again, I think I have touched upon this already. Tutoring is not a one-way street. The student is the vital component of this process. Whatever the student can communicate to me about the kind of help that is needed, we are almost there. However, if the student is not sure, and I am having difficulty identifying the need, then I will seek assistance. There is help available.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Again, identifying the learning style(s) of the student will assist me in developing the strategies necessary for success.