Duck Out Of Water

Duck Out Of Water

1 employee
3 years in business

About this tutor

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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Austin, TX 78723
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

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.

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

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.  

How did you get started teaching?

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.

What types of students have you worked with?

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.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

The "AHA!" moment my class had while realizing and laughing about a pun I made while providing direction.

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

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

What are my talents?

What are my struggles?

What am I willing to do to develop both?

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