I am passionate about helping students learn and grow. I am a teacher by profession and by nature. I have created learning programs and worked with learners of all ages in all different settings, from elementary school to adults.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Bachelors, Secondary Education
Graduate Degree: University of Maryland-University College - Masters, International Management
Outdoors, fishing, boating, playing with my children, traveling, watching documentaries, creating tasty dishes, gardening, learning how to fix just about everything
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School Business
High School Economics
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe every student can learn. All it takes is someone to turn on the light bulb!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I like to get a sense of the student's experience and understanding of the topic or subject, and then find out where they are struggling. I also work to understand how the student learns best. Then I take the student to the beginning of the concept and help them learn and understand.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I help them identify the learning strategies that work best for them, and then devise a plan for them to use those strategies independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It's important to make the subject interesting. Good teachers are excited about what they are teaching and are able to break things down into bite-size pieces that make sense. It's also important to continue to encourage students and celebrate their successes.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I like to break down concepts into bite-size pieces that make sense. We will work through a concept in multiple ways until we find one that works for the student.