I attended the University of Phoenix where I received my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. During my teaching degree I have taught first, third and 6th grade for 6 years, and have worked closely with students who had special learning needs such as Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, Epilepsy with severe developmental delay and kids with severe emotional disorders. I love teaching every subject and have a great desire to make learning fun! I have a strong belief that all students can learn with the right environment and the proper outlook on education! I encourage each and every student that they can be successful and that they can be great at school! I love seeing kids go from being discouraged and struggling learners, to excited, confident students! Any child can be lifelong learner, they just need to be encouraged daily that they can be successful and that they can learn! With the right outlook and positive attitude, we together can help these students enjoy learning and be excited about understanding all subjects using the right learning tools! I enjoy making a connection with each and every one of my students by spending the time to learn about them personally, what their interests are, what their family is like and what type of learners they are so we can use that towards their success. I personally love to read, watch football (HUGE Green Bay Packers and Oregon Ducks fan!) enjoy anything outdoors, I am an avid hunter and I love practicing archery any free time I have! I have 4 kids, ages 8-15! I have a special needs daughter that suffers from Epilepsy since the age of 3 months, so I feel that I have a lot of experience when it comes to struggles that come with exceptional kids! I have a lot of patience and understanding as a parent which makes me an excellent teacher and tutor. I hope I get a chance to meet you and your child and can't wait to work as a team to make your child a successful, lifelong learner!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Phoenix-Online Campus - Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education
Hunting, fishing, hiking, outdoors, football, my kids.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Through the classes I have taken at the University of Phoenix and my experiences in the classroom, I have developed a personal teaching philosophy that will always be implemented into my future classrooms. I am continually being prepared for an inclusive classroom, and either way, I will look at the students' needs and prepare lessons accordingly. One of my goals is to use preventive and supportive behavior strategies more than corrective. I hope to achieve this with engaging lessons and clear expectations. Another goal I have for myself is to be objective to all the students. For example, if there is a need to correct student behavior, after the punishment has been fulfilled, I plan to give the student a fresh start and treat him/her the same as other students. From my educational experiences, I know how valuable teacher encouragement and motivation are for personal motivation. I intend to motivate students while teaching them to be intrinsically motivated through challenging yet supportive lessons and assignments. I believe it is also important to help the students develop their social and interaction skills, and I will do this with various work and activities. As an educator, I believe my philosophy and teaching styles may change throughout my teaching career, and I want to remain receptive to suggestions and open for improvement.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I feel that the first session with your child is needed to get to know them and have a chance to just talk. I think initially, it's about building rapport, and first impressions are key. I want to make sure I am someone your child feels comfortable talking to. I will ask about life at school, about interests, about TV shows, anything that excites your child. I want your kiddo to know that I am listening and thinking about the things that interest them. I want to laugh with them and let them feel comfortable with me. I will spend time efficiently. When we get to the subject at issue, I want the conversation to be very general. I want my students to do most of the talking. I want to hear what sort of language they use to talk about where they're struggling and where they're comfortable. I am someone who will help them help themselves solve problems. We will work through a couple of specific problems together. I want to orient my students toward underlying concepts and, even more so, toward process. These foster independence, and that is my ultimate responsibility. I will not come with a lesson plan the first day. No matter how much a parent and I might talk about a student and his or her challenges beforehand, in reality, I know virtually nothing going into the tutoring situation. The most important thing we need to know at the end of day one is whether we can work together. Day one is about the fit and how successful we can be as a team.