Learning is a lifelong and never ending journey. Education is short lived. Instilling a love of learning not only ensures academic success but lifelong success as well. Regis University, where I received both my Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in German and my Masters in Special Education, promotes values such as cura personalis, taking care of the whole person. I also learned of Magis (seeking more and better) and being men and women in service of others. I love giving back to those around me by teaching. Helping others discover the joy of learning brings me joy. I love tutoring foreign languages such as German but also the younger grades in basic skills such as reading, writing and math. I like to meet students where they are at skill wise and tailor lessons and knowledge to their needs and skills and goals.
Outside of teaching and classes I love to watch and play hockey, go hiking in the mountains of colorado and take pictures of my travels! I have traveled quite of bit of Europe especially the rural parts of Germany and Switzerland and I love discovering new cultures or interesting people, cities, and the little hole in the wall shops and restaurants!
Undergraduate Degree: Regis University - Bachelors, Psychology (Minor in German)
Graduate Degree: Regis University - Current Grad Student, Special Education
ACT Reading: 34
Hockey, photography, writing
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I would go back to basics, find the material that is the basis for the skill, and work from there. This not only builds the skill up but give students confidence to try new and difficult skills.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know them. I might play a game depending on the age and determine their needs and wants to better support them in later sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Help them develop the skills and desire to learn on their own. Find their interests and spark a desire to discover.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Everyone has something that interests them I would help them find that interest and use it as a reward to keep learning until learning itself is the motivation. I would also ensure that they feel successes in their work so they do not get discouraged.