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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. Besides teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, bike riding, playing tennis and traveling and making memories with my family.

Shawana’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Ashford University - Bachelors, Early Childhood Education

Graduate Degree: Concordia University-Portland - Masters, Curriculum instruction


I like to read, spend time with my family and travel.

Tutoring Subjects


Adult Literacy

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing



Essay Editing

High School Writing


Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing




Q & A

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would get to know the student. Ask the student about their interest and hobbies. What do they like about learning, and what are the difficult parts about learning for them?

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Continue to encourage the student to do the best they can. Also, show them ways to make learning fun when they are studying on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By continuing to encourage them to stay positive, and they will be good at what they are doing.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would find a way to make it easier for them. I would continue to work with them.