The reason I am passionate about helping students is because
I love to see children learn. It is a joy watching them discover new skills. To know that I had a part in that makes me continue in my work. In every grade level I taught, my students have succeeded above average. As a matter of fact, 90% of my 6th grade class exceeded their state exam scores. 70% of the students were accepted into the honors class the very next year as a result of passing that exam. Those students came into my classroom as the lowest academic children for that grade level but left as honor students. That would not have happened if I did not have the desire to pull the best out of them.
I have taught and tutored children for over 12 years. As a classroom teacher, I taught Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 4rth, and 6th grade. As a tutor, I worked with children from kindergarten to 8th grade. For 7th and 8th grade,
I only tutored the subject Reading/ELA.
I received my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University, Bloomington and later earned my master's degree in Early Childhood Education.
I tutor math up to the 4th grade. However, my favorite subject to teach is Reading. I currently teach Reading (English Language Arts) up to the 6th grade. Younger children love the way I read stories to them. When I taught preschool online during the pandemic, I recorded myself reading stories. One of the parents told me that her daughter would ask to view one of my story videos before going to sleep. It doesn't matter what grade level, I am always commended by school administrators and parents for my ability to teach reading. In the younger grades, I am successful with teaching children how to read. In the upper grades, I am successful with developing reading skills. My classes always have the highest reading scores compared to my comrades. This is not to brag, I am just sharing the results of my experiences. Reading has always been a favorite of mine. I was reading the King James Bible by the second grade. I was reading above grade level all throughout my school years. I was always the one in class reading with expression. Today, I try to get children excited about reading as well. The more excited children are about reading, the more they will become interested in reading which in turn will help develop their reading skills.
I like for children to learn naturally - to use everyday life situations as the basis for their learning. I am certified to teach Montessori in the home, which is a holistic way of teaching. Learning in a natural way is less stressful for children. I will be honest, however, it can be difficult for me to use my teaching philosophy when I am not in the right type of environment. I'm always concerned about others' opinions.
Outside of academia, I do a lot of traveling for the church, usually in the summertime. I am a youth leader of an organization that focuses on developing youth that brings out their God given talents and interests. It's a lot of fun.
Undergraduate Degree: Indiana State University - Bachelor in Arts, Elementary School Teaching
Graduate Degree: Grand Canyon University - Masters in Education, Early Childhood Education
As a hobby, I like to grow home plants.