Working with children has always been a passion of mine. As a pre-teen, it started with endless hours of babysitting on the weekends and over the summer. As I got got older, entering high school and college, I started tutoring students both my age and younger, and in all subject areas. Today, I am a middle school teacher, working in a field that I have been passionate about for many years. One of the most rewarding things that I get to experience as an educator is seeing those "light bulb" moments, where it all starts to click for my students. To me, this is one of the joys of tutoring students as well. Throughout my own educational experiences and as an educator, I have built a knowledge base in a wide variety of subjects and I look forward to being able to share that with each student I tutor and see those light-bulbs go off!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Kent State University at Stark - Bachelors, History, Political Science
Graduate Degree: Cleveland State University - Masters, Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Cooking, reading, hiking and talking walks with my dog and husband, and watching sports, especially hockey.
College Level American History
Elementary School Math
High School Biology
High School English
High School Level American History
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that no two students learn the same way. All students are capable of learning and it is the job of the educator to figure out which way their students learn best.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student I will want to learn more about the student and their interests so that I can tailor each session to the student’s needs and interests. A first session will also contain a series of questions or activities that will allow me to gauge where the student currently is in the learning process so that future sessions will meet the academic needs of the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I help students become independent learners by giving them many opportunities to try things on their own. As an educator, it is my job to guide and encourage students through the learning process, with the ultimate goal of students mastering the skill or content and feeling confident to do the work on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated by providing encouragement and letting students know what they did right. Even if the ultimate answer is incorrect, there is always a positive side, such as a great thesis statement or setting a problem up correctly. Students are more likely to stay motivated when they feel that they are getting some information correct and can see that they are making progress with the skill they are working on.
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 will help them break down the skill or information into smaller pieces to see where the misunderstanding is. Once the misunderstanding has been identified and corrected, we will build up to the goal until it has been reached.