I first realized I wanted to be a teacher when I was in seventh grade Pre-Algebra. My teacher asked me to aid a fellow student in understanding a concept. After helping my classmate, the feeling of accomplishment and making a difference was like a fresh breath of air. From that point forward, I knew I wanted to help all people understand the world. From math to world languages to history, it is my goal to aid the populace in achieving a greater depth of knowledge concerning the world around us.
Upon high school graduation, I attended Longwood University. There, I chose to study history and political science. I chose these subject because they are a particular passion of mine. To me, there is nothing more important than understanding the past and its influence of the world around us. I took a concentration in secondary education and graduated early. I have also completed a master's degree in history.
For the past three years, I have been teaching history at my local high school. There is no greater joy than spreading my love for learning. While I chose to pursue my degree in history and political science, I am quite skilled in all subject areas. I have continued to take classes in a variety of subjects.
Aside from my love of teaching, I also enjoy reading, animals, and being outdoors. I live in the country; therefore, there is ample space and time for me to experience the great outdoors. I have two English Bulldogs who fill my life with joy. My husband and I enjoy traveling as well as trying new foods. There has yet to be a situation or experience I am not enthusiastic to try.
I am a personable and optimistic person. There is not better view on life than a positive one. I look forward to working with everyone and sharing my love for learning and life.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Longwood University - Bachelors, History Education
Graduate Degree: American Public University System - Masters, History
I love to read any books I can get my hands on. I also enjoy spending quality time with my family, especially by participating in sports and outdoor activities.
AP US History
College Level American History
College Political Science
College World History
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
High School Political Science
High School World History
IB Global Politics
IB World Religions
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe every person can succeed, given encouragement. It is my personal philosophy that positive reinforcement combined with thorough subject coverage will aid anyone in mastering any subject. I believe people learn best when they discuss. It is imperative for a student to be able to actively voice thoughts, concerns, and opinions. Tutoring and teaching is about building positive relationships and trust. If these things are present, any goal can be achieved.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I aid students in becoming independent learners by encouraging them to think for themselves. Very seldom do I directly give a student the answer to a question. Rather, I guide them through the process of realizing the answer for themselves. This method helps students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to aid them in every aspect of life.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation is key to success in any area. To help students to stay motivated, I find out their personal interests, their likes and dislikes. Using this information, I use positive reinforcement to ensure a student continues to strive for absolute excellence.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
To aid students in reading comprehension, I break the selection into smaller parts. By analyzing smaller sections of a selection, students are better able to grasp underlying concepts and ideas. Discussion as we read is key to truly understanding a reading selection.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Students succeed in subjects they are interested in and those in which they are competent. To aid students in becoming engaged and excited with their subjects, I am sure to relate each subject to an outside interest. For example, if I am tutoring in German and the student is interested in fashion, we will learn the German language using fashion excerpts and magazines.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To best ensure a student has understood the material, I have them teach it back to me. If the subject has been mastered enough for a student to teach it to someone else, then they truly understand the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive reinforcement is key in confidence building. I celebrate students' victories rather than their failures. No matter how small the victory, every step forward deserves a reward.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
To evaluate a student's needs, I like to talk to the individual. Typically, he or she is able to tell me what it is that needs to be covered. From there, I give a short pre-assessment to determine the student's level.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
As a teacher and tutor, flexibility is imperative. No two students learn the same. With that in mind, I adjust my approach to best suit my students' needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Typically, I use PowerPoints, storyboards, articles, pictures, and videos to teach subject matter.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session is spent getting to know one another. Without a relationship, all goals may not be met. I also give a pre-assessment in the first session to gauge a student's level.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found discussion to be a very successful strategy in learning most concepts and skills. By talking about a topic, we understand it more. I also believe in the basics. Writing and reading are imperative to the success of education.