As a former 2nd grade teacher, I have 6 years of experience working with students and building their self-confidence as they continue their academic journey learning new skills and strategies. As a teacher, I know the importance of motivation and self-confidence and its direct correlation to improved academic achievement. I enjoy working with students and helping them grow! I am certified in Elementary Education as well as Special Education, infancy through adult. I also have experience working with a culturally diverse population and their families. I am very familiar with helping students set academic goals and helping them track their progress to increase motivation and the importance of changing a child's mindset from one that says "I can't do this" to " I will have to practice and put forth a lot of effort, but I know I will be able to do this." Attitude is everything.
I enjoy seeing students change their mindset about their capabilities and having the opportunity to work with all different diverse learners! It is absolutely incredible when you see a child feel confident and motivated to continue to learn new information and apply the strategies you have taught them to be successful! In the end, it is all about independence and being able to apply what they have learned to be problem solvers and critical thinkers!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
First and foremost, I like to talk with the family about their child to try and get a sense of how their family feels their child is doing academically as well as any emotional or behavioral concerns. I also like to find out the student’s strengths and build off those to improve achievement in areas that seem to be a struggle. It is important to get to know the student and start building a relationship with them on day 1. Students are far more likely to succeed and want to learn when they feel comfortable with their teacher.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am MD certified in Elementary Education and Special Education.
I have taught 2nd grade for 6 years in Montgomery County. I work with students from a kindergarten level to 3rd grade.
I am also qualified to work with students of various learning abilities, language needs and sensory needs.
I have taken many graduate courses online and at the University of Maryland, mostly in reading. I continue to build upon my skills by engaging in professional development courses.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I charge between $25 and $45 dollars a session. Although this is a standard rate, there is some flexibility based on the length of the sessions, the frequency and travel. I prefer to speak with families personally about the cost of my tutoring services and the needs of their child.
How did you get started teaching?
I started teaching right out of college. I attended Hood College in Frederick, MD. I have also known I wanted to be a teacher.
What types of students have you worked with?
ALL students with various needs and abilities. Please inquire personally about your child and I will happily provide any further information about any related experiences.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Super Hero Literacy Night that was held this past Fall at the elementary school I work at to encourage family literacy and provide activites and resources for parents to use with their children at home. The home to school connection is very important.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Have an open mindset and go into the tutoring experience ready to learn in a fun and engaging enviroment. Don't give up! I am here to help you acheive your goals!
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What do you understand already?
What prior learning could help you to break down the task?
Just be open and honest with any questions or concerns. I am here to help you extend your learning :)