I attended North Carolina State University, where I obtained a Bachelors in Middle Grades Education. I am certified to teach both history and language arts. Since graduating I have taught English in both 8th and 9th grade classrooms. Most recently, I have worked with elementary students to increase student's reading proficiency. I enjoy working with students of all ages. My favorite subjects to teach are English, History, and Reading Comprehension. In my experience, practicing standardized testing skills can be fun when paired with a student's favorite subject first. I am mindful of the power of education, intelligence and good character are the results of quality education, and I try to impart quality tutoring to all my students. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: North Carolina State University at Raleigh - Bachelors, Middle Grades Education English/Social Studies
I enjoy playing tennis and volleyball. Gardening, reading, and cooking.
Basic Computer Literacy
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Writing
High School English
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe every student learns at their own pace and therefore should have individualized lessons to support their learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would ask for sample student work and give the student a preassessment.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help by assisting the student to create and work towards academic goals they set. Through lesson planning, project-based learning, and reflecting, I would collaborate with the student to achieve goals.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help by reminding the student of their goals and keeping track of their progress. A student portfolio is a great way to keep track and update this feedback.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would consider changing the learning environment, sharing better/additional visuals, audio, and connecting the concept to practical experiences.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would practice with reading materials on the student's reading level and ask comprehension questions before, during, and after reading each selection. I would also use sight words and flashcards to increase student fluency.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know the student first. Asking questions about their likes and favorites, and sharing information about myself. Also early preassessing and goal-setting help create a map towards success.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would get to know the student so we can relate the subject to student interests.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would establish a goal/standard to be taught each session. I would give exit slips/post-assessment questions after each session to meet the goal/standard of the session that day. I would also ask questions throughout the session to determine student understanding.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Using a student portfolio to show and celebrate student growth.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would use a student learning journal. This is a notebook where students can write freely about an assignment or how they feel about a lesson or goal. This a way to get honest information about literacy needs. Learning assessment surveys can be used to determine what subjects and skills students find fun, important, easy, etc.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I will adapt by using a variety of forms of information, such as audio, pictures, graphs, or movie clips. I will be prepared to find texts at a lower level, allow extra time, or shorten assignments.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I like to use flashcards, card games, maps, taped interviews, quotes, dry erase board w/markers, reading selections, and pictures.