Hello! My name is Courtney Steward. I currently work as an English teacher in the greater Nashville area.
I graduated from Tennessee Tech in 2019 with a Bachelor's of Secondary Education in History and a Minor in History.
However, I couldn't pick just one subject, so I gained state endorsements in 6-12 Biology, English, Government, and Psychology in addition to History.
I knew from an early age that I wanted to study and learn for the rest of my life. I loved being a student. Being a teacher allows me to instill that same drive for learning in my students and allows me to learn from them in turn.
I love working with students. Being able to work within subjects that I love every day is a joy. Having the opportunity to do both is the best job I could ask for.
Mrs. Steward is excellent at working with her students. Mrs. Steward is always able to discern when help is needed regarding a certain topic. She helps make my essays better and betters my writing as a whole. She leaves relevant criticism and notes when critiquing my writing; making it easier to reflect and improve the quality of my writing. Although, she is an English teacher, she helps to the best of her ability with any of my classes that I am struggling in; she isn't afraid to say when she isn't sure how to help me. We work through the problem together until we both have a pretty decent understanding making it to where we do not run into the problem again. Another quality of hers that is beneficial to me, when working with her, is that she tries to figure out what way of teaching is the one you learn with the best, and then she teaches based off of the information she figures out. For a whole class, I have noticed that she tries to combine all these ways together; she does it in a way that everyone can understand pretty well. She's also really understanding about a students situation and is normally pretty flexible with how she should react to said situation.
I always like to get to know the student first by asking about themself and his or her interests. I think it's important to know your students in order to better understand their needs. If it is the beginning of the school year, I typically start with a short diagnostic assignment to gauge where my students are. When working with a student one-on-one, I try to figure out specifically what he or she is struggling with in order to help him or her more efficiently.
I have an Associate's in General Education from Volunteer State Community College. In 2019, I graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor's in Secondary Education with an emphasis in History and a Minor in History. I hold state endorsements for 6-12 History, English, Biology, Government, and Psychology. I have experience teaching all of those subjects but Psychology. I am also currently pursuing a Master's degree.
I typically charge $20 per hour for tutoring.
I knew from an early age that I wanted to work with kids. Volunteering opportunities in high school and college affirmed that desire. In my sophomore year of college, I decided I wanted to teach. I completed a 7-month practicum teaching Honors and Standard World History and was hired by that school the following year to teach Standards and Inclusion Biology.
I have worked with honors, standard, and inclusion students in a variety of subjects.
I recently had a medical scare and had to miss a few days of school. When I came back, a student gave me a big hug and told me that he had been praying for me the whole time I was gone. Sometimes I feel like I'm not reaching my students, but I felt so happy at that moment to know that I had influenced that student enough that he was genuinely concerned about my well-being. It was extremely sweet and a rare occurrence in high school students.
I would advise students to think about what they specifically need help with and look for tutors that can help them with their needs. Coming to a teacher with, "I don't get it," can go a lot of different directions. I would ask the student what they are specifically struggling with and who would be the best tutor to help them achieve their academic goals.
What subject or subjects are you struggling in? Is it one concept or multiple concepts? What specifically do you not understand or are having trouble comprehending? What has worked to help you learn in the past and what has not worked? How do you feel like you learn best?
All of these questions can provide a good basis for the student and the teacher to set goals for academic success.
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