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Dina

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Being an experienced California credentialed teacher with a Master's degree of Arts in Education in Science and Math Teaching, gives me a great foundation and perspective for supporting students in acquiring their highest potential.
12 years ago, I decided to change careers from architecture to education to be able to impact lives and make a change. This is when I started teaching at the High School and Middle School level.
I have devoted my career goals to student learning, to maximizing individual student performance, to inspiring students’ interest in learning and to instilling a sense of self-worth and belonging among all students.
I have dedicated my career to each of these pursuits, as my enclosed resume will attest.
My qualifications include 12 years of teaching experience, that include and is not limited to teaching Mathematics to High school students, working with students with learning difficulties, working with English Learners, leading a k-12 school and coordinating an SAT testing center.
Since 2004, I have, always, believed in the success of all students. I believe there are no barriers to learning, I believe everyone can succeed. An engaging nurturing learning environment has always been my focus.

Dina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Arab Academy for Science and Technology - Bachelors, Architecture

Graduate Degree: CalState LA - Masters, Education

Hobbies

Reading, traveling, Hiking

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

Calculus

Competition Math

Discrete Math

Elementary School Math

Finite Mathematics

Geometry

IB Further Mathematics

IB Mathematical Studies

IB Mathematics

Math

Middle School Math

Pre-Algebra

Trigonometry


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe all students are capable of learning, and they only differ in the way they can acquire knowledge.

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

I would administer a diagnostic test that would assess their prior knowledge, and I would get them to respond to a survey that lets me know how they learn best.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would help them by letting them struggle to find the solutions, and getting them through an inquiry based cycle where they would find the solutions themselves without frustration.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By making my lessons engaging and fun.

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

I would re-teach that concept using a different method.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I would annotate reading, use vocabulary cards, scaffold the comprehension, and add some illustrations to it.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

The most successful strategy is to let the students assess their own learning and let me know what they need help with.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would relate the subject to their areas of interest, and thus they would see how it can be helpful to them.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would always check for understanding by asking them informal questions and letting them take an assessment to let me know how much they have learned.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

By letting them work through content that is relevant to their abilities and scaffold knowledge so that they would get to the more challenging levels.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By giving them assessments and asking them informal questions. Also, my observations would be very helpful in knowing their needs. A parent's comment is extremely helpful, too. Their prior school reports play an important part.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I assess their needs and accordingly change my teaching style. Thus, I would start with their level and challenge them more.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I use a mini whiteboard, manipulatives, worksheets, online videos that relate to the content, and miscellaneous material that can help with exploring the concept.