As a teacher and tutor with over 20 years experience assisting young people and their parents, I know how to pinpoint achievable goals while working toward them in a supportive manner. My professional background in social work compliments tutoring through my communication skills and passion to work with students & families from a variety of backgrounds, including English Language Learners.
Working with young people keeps me young and having fun! If I am not having fun, my students will not enjoy the learning process nor be encouraged to put forth their best. I meet my students' challenges by building respect and placing an emphasis on creative problem solving.
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I build rapport by learning about interests, strengths & challenges. From here, we make a plan together with simple steps which can show measurable, achievable progress.
I have over 20 years as a certified teacher and MSSW working with students Kinder through seventh grade. I have worked with students whose primary language may or may not be English. I have taught in public & private schools (religious and non-religious), densely urban and isolated rural, throughout the Southwest quadrant of the US. Additionally, I have served students in large group settings, 1:1 tutoring and small group Response to Intervention settings.
I have been teaching and working with young people since I was a young person myself. As the oldest sibling and cousin in my family I have enjoyed passing knowledge and wisdom along to other children so as to nurture their innate curiosity and develop skills which will help them develop a love of lifelong learning. Formally, it began when my teenage self worked as a camp counselor and I lead young people through adventure and increased self esteem.
Grades kindergarten through seventh, English Language Learners, gifted & talented learners, learners with disabilities, religious, non-religious...pretty much all sizes, shapes and stories seventh grade and younger.
The "AHA!" moment my class had while realizing and laughing about a pun I made while providing direction.
Ask questions! Get to know your teacher and make sure you feel comfortable with him/her so you can develop trust and respect while having fun learning.
What are my talents?
What are my struggles?
What am I willing to do to develop both?