I have a knack for explaining things in a way that is maybe not as technical. I also can explain concepts in a variety of ways using any method the helps the student.

I love seeing the light bulb go off when a student finally gets a skill mastered. I love to teach how math is not always perfect and learning happens when we actually make mistakes and figure out how to find and correct the mistake. I love using unorthodoxed methods like writing on windows and using iPads with a digital notebook to work out math problems. But most of all I LOVE when a student starts to finally BELIEVE in themselvs and realize they CAN do math.

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Jonesboro, AR 72404

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I first like to see what their interests are to maybe develop ways that are relevant to the student. Then, I would like to see where they are as far as learning goes whether it be assessing grade level or with a specific skill and/or concept. Next, I see what they know to do in the problem and what they are unsure about. I explain (in multiple ways if needed), work a problem with them, guide them through a problem, and then have them work on a problem individually. Finally, I check the answer or process and we analyze it to find any errors, if needed.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have 12 years teaching math grades 7-12, but mainly junior high grades. I am a non-traditional teacher bringing other career experience into my teaching strategies. I have a Bachelor's in Finance, a Master's in Business, and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership.

How did you get started teaching?

For 3 years after college, I was a banker and did not find it satisfying. I did however love training new employees and teaching them the ins and outs of the banking process. I then took a leap of faith, entered the state's non-traditional licensing program and started my teaching career.

What types of students have you worked with?

I am a certified Pre-AP math teacher, but have only worked with regular math classes. The diversity of students within our district include approximately 75% of families how live below the poverty level and are on free and reduced lunch.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

At the end of the year a couple of years ago, I had a student of mine who was moving to the high school the following year. As she came to tell me by, she began crying stating she would miss me and that she never thought she could do math much less learn to love it like she does. It warmed my heart. As a teacher, I see the anxiety in math of students afraid to fail or make mistakes. I was able to see that mistakes can be made and actually help build our "math" self-confidence when me persevere and keep trying.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for someone who can explain things in multiple ways. Not everyone learns the same way. Look for a tutor that will help you understand, not just do the problems for you.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Be SPECIFIC on what you don't understand or what part you need help with. Make sure you know the actual skill or concept you are working on. Finally, make sure you have actually tried to work the problems so you will be prepared to explain the part you struggle with.

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