I graduated magna cum laude from Catawba College in 2013 with a GPA of 3.78. My degree is in Elementary Education and I have minors in both Spanish and English. I consider myself a well-rounded individual with a number of varied interests. I taught third and fifth grade for two years. I have tutored Spanish and Writing for three and a half years and love to tutor any English-related subject as well as any level of Spanish. My teaching philosophy is engaging, challenging, and encouraging my students is how they are able to reach their highest potential in what they need to learn. I am a big encourager with a desire to provide positive reinforcement. A passion of mine is building relationships with middle school and high school girls in hopes to help them see their identity and beauty does not come from society’s standards but on the One who created them. I was summer staff at a Christian camp for the past five summers, and grew many relationships with quite a few girls that came to the camp. It was there that I developed a passion for helping these girls grow in who they are with the natural gifts and talents given to them and help them succeed in those ways. I also spend a lot of my time serving in church, leading small group Bible studies and conversations about God.
When I was in high school I was given an opportunity to go on a mission trip to Ecuador. As I am not inclined to athletic ability (really, I’m just not a good athlete! :) ) one day I sought out some kids that were not playing soccer like the rest of the kids at the park we were at and I tried conversing with them, but only spoke Spanish. At the time, my Spanish was rather limited. I understood what they said to me, but took a lot of effort to respond in Spanish back to them. I gathered they wanted to learn English, so I taught them how to count to ten in English! The looks on their faces of accomplishment, success, and excitement were enough to drive a passion within me to teach. It was then that I discovered my love for teaching. I had frequently been asked to tutor kids around the neighborhood or kids in the church when I was growing up, but I knew then that’s what God was calling me to. I taught third grade in the public school system for two years, and absolutely loved it. At present I am dedicating much of my time starting a ministry geared to middle school and high school girls to encourage them to be who they are as God created them. My partner in ministry and I will go to different churches and put on conferences and retreats to reach these girls.
In my other spare time I love to play the piano and do anything outside! While I am not a coordinated enough person to be a successful athlete I do enjoy playing sports. I also love hiking (I lived in North Carolina for six years and was not far from the mountains!) and kayaking when I have the time.
Undergraduate Degree: Catawba College - Bachelors, Elementary Education
Loves the outdoors and relax on the hammock, read, and be a mentor for middle school and high school girls.
Elementary School Math
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to teach an engaging, encouraging, and challenging way to ensure my students learn most effectively to reach their potential.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student, I would ask my students their interests and what they believe their strengths are as a student. I would also inquire as to what specifically they need extra help in.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by modeling what that looks like. In teaching my students, I will model what is to be done, and have them mimic what I do until they are able to accomplish it on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by asking what they are interested in, and do my best to relate the subject to their interests in order to keep them focused and engaged. I would also positively reinforce focused, motivated behavior.
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 would scaffold the skill or concept until the student grasped what I was teaching. I would ensure the student's foundational knowledge of the skill or concept was strong before moving forward.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help students who are struggling with reading comprehension by chunking the text and asking basic questions from what he or she read. I also teach "stop and jots," which are basic annotations within the chunks of the texts that are read.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Some strategies I have found to be most successful when I start to work with a student are to build a strong and friendly rapport with the student, and to gain a mutual respect for one another. I then move on to relate what I am teaching the student to their interests to keep their focus and motivation in learning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student get excited and engaged with a subject they are struggling in by relating what the student's hobbies or interests are to what I am teaching them. I also use encouraging words, and could find a way to provide an incentive after they've reached a goal.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Some techniques I would use to be sure that a student understands the material is having them teach the concept back to me, and also providing mini-quizzes.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
To build a student's confidence in a subject, I continue to encourage my students to do their best and always point out one thing they are doing right.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by asking them what they need help in, as well as paying attention to areas they are struggling in the further along we get in the tutoring process.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring to the student's needs by paying attention to what kind of learner the student is, and what specific area of learning they are struggling in. I always communicate with my students to ensure they are understanding the concepts I am teaching them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Depending on what I am tutoring, the materials I use vary. Typically I use a pencil, paper, books, highlighters, and sticky notes.