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I graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA in 2017 with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. Currently, I am obtaining my Masters of Arts Degree , in International Development, from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

I began my teaching journey, in 2018 where I began substitute teaching grades K-12 in a highly diverse school district in Southwest Minnesota. During this time I taught a variety of subjects from reading, writing, math, English and science. In August of 2018, I moved to Prague, The Czech Republic, where I completed an intensive 120 hour accredited TEFL(Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course. During my training, I learned how to create engaging and informative lessons on speaking, listening, reading and writing. Moreover, I independently created and taught 10- hour long lessons to English language students, within my first month of training.
After receiving two TEFL certificates, I spent one year in Prague, teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced English as a second language(ESL) to students in person. During this time, I taught students ages 4-70. While living in Prague, I also began my online teaching journey.
In October of 2018, I began teaching English as a second language to students in China through VIPKID, GOGO KID and Pal Fish, all online English language learning platforms. I have continued to teach ESL online, for the past four years. I have found teaching online requires a different skill set than in person teaching.

Teaching online requires showing and leading students to answers rather than telling them. I aim to include three components in each lesson I teach. It also requires great enthusiasm, patience, creativeness and an ability to keep students engaged through an online setting. I do this through a personalized teaching style for each student and lesson. Each student learns in their own way, and it is imperative I adapt my methods and styles to meet the needs of the students. I strive to meet students where they are in their learning journey. I acknowledge student's strengths, while working on areas of improvement. Specifically, when assisting students with trouble areas, I remain patient, but encouraging. When students speak, read, listen or write incorrectly, I aim to elicit or draw out a correction from the student before I offer them the right answer. Simply stating, I encourage the student to come up with the right answer themselves, as this is a key moment in learning any subject area. When students are able to recognize mistakes they make on their own and then make a correction, they are more likely to remember that information in the future.
Positive reinforcement and props are also key to creating a fun and engaging learning environment. I like to create a fun and colorful class environment, to encourage participation from students. I also
aim to use a reward system for each class. I found when students have something to look forward to within the lesson, whether that is a short game or a prize, they remain more focused and on task.

While my time teaching in Prague ended in 2020, I have continued to teach online and substitute teach in person up to the present 2021-2022 school year. During my latest years of substitute teaching, I have taken on longer teaching assignments which have given me more experience teaching areas such as: biology, algebra, history, social studies geography and reading. I have also worked with students who have various learning abilities and need individualized learning plans.

I have valued education my entire life. Education is key, to teaching our youth and our adults about how they can be productive, engaged and happy citizens of the world. I am dedicated to give my time to each student to help them be successful in and out of the classroom. I am looking forward to seeing you in class soon.

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Kayla’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Wartburg College - Bachelor in Arts, Social Work

Graduate Degree: Clark University - Master of Arts, Development Economics and International Development

Hobbies

While I am not teaching or learning myself, I enjoy a number of activities. I hold a great love for travel and have lived on three separate continents: North America, Europe and Australia. Our world has so many amazing places, cultures and people and I cannot wait to see more of it:) I also love music. These days you can find me listening to anything from Celine Dion to AeroSmith and any genre in between. I also learn and practice Spanish in my free time, as I hope to one day live in a Spanish speaking country. My family and friends are also very important to me. I have a 15 month of niece who is the coolest toddler in the world. I also love animals and adore my 13 year old beagle Forrest! I hope to see you in my classroom soon!

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

Algebra

Basic Computer Literacy

Beginner Spanish (Grades 2-3)

Creative Writing

Elementary Reading and Phonics Class

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Enrichment

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

Fiction Writing

Foundations of 6th Grade Math

FRT - Foundations of Reading Test

GED Prep

GED Social Studies

Geography

Government

Grade 9 Mathematics

High School English

High School Government

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

IB Geography

Kindergarten Readiness

Languages

Late Elementary Reading Comprehension

Literature

Math

Medical Terminology

Medicine

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Social Studies

Other

Physical Science

Pre-Algebra

Professional Certifications

Public Health

Public Speaking

Reading

Reading Comprehension Class

Robust Reading Class

Science

Short Story Fairytales

Social Sciences

Social Studies

Social Work

Spanish

Spelling, Grammar, and Writing Skills Class

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technical Writing

Technology and Coding

TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language

TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Test Prep

Writing

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