Everyone is born with special gifts; mine are encouraging others and teaching. I went to college to become an English teacher to share with young people my love of literature and writing . My experience in the classroom revealed to me the need for students to learn to think critically and formally express themselves through speaking and writing. This required careful instruction in all facets of the English language arts: grammar, syntax, conventions of language, analytical reading, and the writing process.
I was active on several district-level committees and received the honor of Teacher of the Year. I was promoted to assistant principal and then principal, wherein I had the responsibilities of guiding teacher instruction and facilitating rewarding educational experiences for my students. I cannot imagine a better way to spend a day, year, or career than to spend it building up and teaching young people.
Throughout my 20 years in education, I have continued to teach students as a tutor. My tutoring experience ranges from elementary grades through high school. I have a great deal of experience teaching subjects other than English, particularly in all levels of math.
When a student is under my instructional care, I am committed to their complete success. I want my students to not only learn skills, but to also apply those skills with confidence and mastery. My preparation process for teaching is rigorous. I place myself in the students shoes and walk myself through the entire learning process, leaving no detail out. I design a variety of practices for the student to work through, with the intent of giving them a comprehensive and immersive learning experience. My standards are high for my students as learners, and higher for myself as an educator. It is personally rewarding and a great source of pride when my students become empowered and confident through their acquisition of knowledge and skills from our time together.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Louisiana at Lafayette - Bachelor of Education, English
Graduate Degree: Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College - Doctor of Philosophy, Education
Reading, Writing, Web Development, Video Production
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
ISEE-Middle Level Mathematics Achievement
ISEE-Middle Level Quantitative Reasoning
ISEE-Middle Level Reading Comprehension
ISEE-Middle Level Verbal Reasoning
ISEE-Middle Level Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
Everyone can learn. It is the teacher's challenge to find out the best way to teach each individual.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My first session with a student involves us getting to know each other and my assessment of the student's learning level and style.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I design instruction along a scaffolding process, wherein I model how to do the task, assist the student in the task, observe the student independently complete the task, and have the student reteach the task to me.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I motivate students by explaining the purpose and benefits of each learning objective, designing activities in which they will experience early success, and provide positive encouragement and feedback at all times.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would investigate the particulars of the difficulty and redesign the lesson to be more closely aligned with their learning level and style.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I engage the student in pre-reading activities to help focus their attention on details and information within the text. I then teach them strategies that help them to visualize what they are reading and summarize at critical points throughout the reading selection.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find it effective to give frequent and specific feedback throughout each stage of the learning process. This helps students to comprehend their levels of progress towards proficiency and mastery.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would connect the subject matter to the student's interests and life. I would then design activities wherein they could experience success early in the learning process with that subject matter.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I begin lessons with fundamental knowledge and skills. I then progress to practical application, authentic examples, and student redelivery of the lesson.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I plan activities wherein the student can experience success early in the process, and I provide ongoing and specific feedback on the student's progress.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I use pre-assessment tools at the beginning of each unit of instruction to evaluate the student's learning strengths and challenges in that particular area.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I am formally trained and experienced in a variety of teaching methodologies and practices that address any of the student's learning styles, preferences, and needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use a variety of materials, including those that are tactile, visual representations, worksheet activities, word problems, projects, and technology.