I like to empower students through quality education and training. I am a homeschool parent of 1 highschooler, 1 middle schooler and 2 elementary school age children, educator and author of books that are available on Kindle, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Currently working on number 6 for this year. I'm well versed and qualified to teach many subjects.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Benedict College - Bachelors, Mass Communication
Graduate Degree: Argosy University-Tampa - PHD, Educational Leadership
Attending comedy shows, attending plays and traveling. I also like horseback riding and taking helicopter tours.
ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep
ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep
ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep
AP Computer Science A
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Music Theory
CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology
CLEP Principles of Marketing
College Application Essays
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
GED Social Studies
High School Business
Mac Basic Computer Skills
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
PC Basic Computer Skills
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Have an ice-breaker exercise so that I can understand what is important to each student. Understanding what motivates my students enables them to learn effectively.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Provide feedback and give opportunities where students can self-monitor their progress.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Encourage collaboration. Give options and encourage the student to reflect upon what they are learning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Have more opportunities to model the skill or concept using various analogies and give more opportunity for guided practice.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Use of metacognitive strategies, graphic organizers, summarization techniques, application, and direct explanation techniques.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Relating concepts to real life. Present information to them using what motivates them. Present the material in various formats. Give students options.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Encourage their self-confidence. Allow students to know that I am happy to assist them with understanding a task or concept. It also helps to have students who have the ability to explain what they know and clarify anything that needs further explaining.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask the student to summarize what they learned. Ask the student to demonstrate what they learned. Have the student listen to others if in a small group.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Using visual and musical aid helps. Also allow students to talk about what they are learning in a respectful and open learning environment.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Using various assessments.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Understand how students learn effectively. For instance, some students are hands-on learners, meanwhile others may be visual or auditory learners.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Books, analogies, music, and whatever interests the student.
What is your teaching philosophy?
"Together." Anyone can learn anything, and it is my pleasure to make sure that you do.