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Hi! My name is Christina and I am a current teacher in Chicago. I have been teaching for the past 4 years and I currently work as an interventionist at a public school for students K-6. I am certified in Illinois and Rhode Island as a K-6 general education teacher, K-12 special education teacher and as a reading specialist!

I believe in using a differentiated, personalized for each student, and engaging method of teaching that motivates the students and creates opportunities for success!

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Christina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Providence College - Bachelors, Elementary and Special Education

Graduate Degree: Providence College - Masters, Reading Specialist


Reading, Tennis, Yoga

Tutoring Subjects

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing



Special Education


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

For me, teaching is a journey to encourage and support people of all ages to explore the world and be open to knowledge. A good teacher provides comfort, but challenges students to reach their potential.

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

In the first session, I would like to spend time getting to the know the student in terms of both academics and social emotional needs, while creating a fun, engaging and safe environment!

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I can support students to stay motivated by creating fun and engaging lessons that encourage students to challenge themselves to reach their goals!

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

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I like to provide differentiated instruction to support the student's needs. Students can be different learners and may need different tools to learn a concept. I like to teach topics in the way the student learns best.

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

When I begin to work with a new student, I have found that I am more successfully when I take time to get to know the student. I like to learn the interests of the students, how the student prefers to learn (auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, visual), and the strengths and needs of the student. When I understand the whole student, I am better able to meet their needs and sessions are more productive.

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

As a certified reading specialist, I know many different ways to support reading comprehension. Some methods I like to use are collecting and implementing background knowledge, different questions, visuals, auditory recaps and graphic organizers. All of the methods are research-based methods of instruction that are designed to support reading comprehension.

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

I like to use formal and informal assessment to determine if the student understand the material I am teaching. This could be as easy as the student providing a "thumbs up" if they master a concept, or using different levels of questioning. I also like using assessments that provide data for parents and guardians, in order to see the progress their student has made.

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

I build student confidence by providing many different opportunities for success. Opportunities for success can look different for each student. I also like to use positive praise and charts so students can see their own growth in their learning!

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I use different methods of assessment to determine a student's need. I like to use formal testing, grades, teacher input, parent input and student input to determine the exact needs.

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

Once I determine a student's needs, I am able to adapt my tutoring to meet their needs. I am willing to use differentiated instruction, personalized instruction and manipulatives to support a student.

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

During a tutoring session, I like to provide hands-on materials and fun things for the students to use while we are working. I also like to bring high quality text and real-world problems!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by boosting confidence and motivating the student.

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

I would help a student get excited about a subject they are struggling in by creating a lesson that includes their personal interests. It has been found that students are more likely to be engaged when lessons include items, concepts, or places they enjoy!

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