I am a high school math teacher. I have taught all high school subjects including AP courses and test prep courses. I have a masters of education in mathematics and a bachelors of science in accounting and finance. I love to help others and want them to be successful. My philosophy is "it isn't that you don't know it, it is that you don't know it YET!" I have a child with ADHD and autism, so I also have a clear understanding of a variety of different learners. Test prep is one of my favorite things to teach. many
people struggle with test taking, I have found that in addition to knowing the subject, it is important to understand the skill of test taking.
On a personal note, I love to ski, hike and spend time with my three kids, husband and three dogs.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Eastern Washington University - Bachelors, Business: Finance
Graduate Degree: Western Governors University - Masters, Mathematics Education
CLEP College Algebra
CLEP College Mathematics
COMPASS Mathematics Prep
CSET - California Subject Examinations for Teachers
Elementary School Math
High School Accounting
High School Business
High School English
High School Writing
HSPT Math Prep
K-11th Grade Standardized Tests
STAAR EOC Prep
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
To help a student "understand the purpose."
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce myself, followed by having each of them post a little about themselves.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Help them develop an answer to a situation that meets their learning style.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Keep their head above water. I believe a student needs to see success each and every day. I would provide opportunities for student success every day.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Explore ways to teach the concept in a different way.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Break down assignments with clear explanations of terms and definitions.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Get to know a little about them.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Find something they can relate to and build their confidence.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
One of the best ways I have found is by asking students to explain their thinking.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Give them opportunities to be successful.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Look at their strengths and utilize them.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Find out where the student is and start there.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Sample problems, step-by-step solutions, and real-life examples of the concept.