My Pennsylvania certification is in Elementary Education, but I have experience teaching ages 4-adult. I've been teaching since 2011 and I strive to make each of my students feel comfortable and confident with the material covered. I began working with Varsity Tutors in February of 2017 and I've found my work here to be very rewarding. I have experience helping students succeed in both long-term as well as short-term goals including coursework, GED/CHSPE/HiSet preparation, SAT/ACT preparation, state standardized exam preparation, private school preparation, and a wide range of other topics. I create individualized lesson plans and curriculum to keep my students engaged, focused, and interested in the material. I recognize that each person has a unique method of learning and I am, therefore, flexible in my content delivery to maximize my students' learning. Please let me know how you, or your child, learn(s) best so that I may create the most appropriate material for you or your child!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Duquesne University - Current Undergrad, Elementary Education
Teaching, Animals, Social Justice, Letter Writing
ACCUPLACER ESL Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep
Basic Computer Literacy
CLEP College Algebra
CLEP College Mathematics
College Application Essays
College Political Science
College World History
COMPASS Mathematics Prep
COMPASS Reading Prep
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
CSAP/ TCAP Prep
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
ERB CPAA Prep
ERB CTP Prep
ERB WrAP Prep
FCAT 2.0 Prep
Florida EOC Assessment Prep
GATE/ TAG Prep
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
GED Social Studies
High School English
High School Writing
HSPT Math Prep
ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement
ISEE-Middle Level Mathematics Achievement
ISEE-Upper Level Mathematics Achievement
Mac Basic Computer Skills
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
PC Basic Computer Skills
STAAR EOC Prep
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To ensure that a student understands the material, I typically ask them to explain it to me. If they can explain a concept to me coherently, they are usually proficient in the material. I will sometimes quiz my students, but the methods used vary based on age and maturity.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I "sandwich" the difficulty of the lesson. I will start with a review problem, then the material will get progressively more difficult, and finally we will end on a review of one of the simpler problems. I also use only positive reinforcement. I tell students that they are doing really well. I try to never be too negative. If they are really struggling with a problem, that's my cue as a teacher to give them something easier.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
For online tutoring, I use the interactive board. I like to prepare problems for my student to work on as well as fun activities. For example, I might have a kindergartener, who is learning to add, move virtual counters. For in person tutoring, I always bring elaborate games! My university has an incredible curriculum center filled with the most up-to-date learning materials. I love the board games we have for reading, the card games for math, and the fun activities for science!
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is simple. As a teacher, it is my job to help every child in my care. It is my job to adapt my lessons and myself to be able to work with that child. It is my job to help my children develop the skills they need to meet their personal goals -- what is best for them. No child is the same. I believe more in improvement than general standards.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During our first session, I will get to know the student. I will begin with an introduction to make them feel comfortable in the session. I will then give them a few practice problems to find their level of knowledge. Next, we will review the problems, and finally come up with a comprehensive plan to reach their goals. Students are more than welcome to come to our sessions with prepared questions! Please feel free to send them to me beforehand.