Hi there! My name is Rosalia Spina and I LOVE teaching!! I am a grad student at George Mason University, studying to become an elementary school teacher. My hobbies include weightlifting, reading, and being outside (:
I know these times are difficult and parents have a lot to do, that's why I'm here to help! I offer tutoring services in Elementary math, English, and I can also tutor Spanish. I am excited to take this learning journey with you!
That "light bulb" moment is something that teachers love to see happen to their students! It's such an amazing feeling when I see a student who is struggling with a concept finally get it and their face brightens up!
As a teacher, I believe that building trusting relationships is the key to success in the classroom. I enjoy being a mentor and a voice for students. I remember being a shy little girl in school, so I always want to make sure that no student goes overlooked. I am here for you!!
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When working with a new student, I always like to first learn who the student is as a person (their hobbies, interests, likes/ dislikes, etc.). This way, I can start creating a relationship and a sense of trust with between the student and I. From there, we can discuss their academic goals and what they would like to improve on.
I am a current graduate student at George Mason University. I am studying to become an elementary school teacher; I will be certified at the end of the year. I have done many substitute jobs, as well as one long-term substitute job ( 4 and a half months) in a 5th grade classroom. Prior to that, I was an English tutor for elementary and high school students for 2 years.
I set my price at $25 per lesson.
Teaching has been a passion of mine since I was a freshman in high school. Since then, I have sought out different teaching and mentoring opportunities in order to gain experience.
I have worked with a variety of students. I have worked with elementary-aged students, mostly with upper-level. I have also tutored some high school English. I have taught ESOL to adults who wished to improve their reading, speaking and writing. I also have some experience working with students on the autism spectrum, thanks to a mentoring program that I was involved in during my undergraduate career at George Mason University.
I used to be a long-term substitute teacher in a 5th grade classroom. While the experience was rewarding and I learned a lot during my time there, it was also the most challenging classroom I have ever been in. Most times it made me question whether a career in teaching is really for me. My last day with my students was the last day of February. Up until that point, I didn't think I had made any difference in the classroom whatsoever. Yet, the students showed me how sad they were to see me go, telling me I was one of the best teachers they had ever had. My heart was filled with so much gratitude and love for these students. It made me realize how much we have all grown and all the trust we had built in just 4 and a half months. There is a special place in my heart for those kiddos. (:
I would advise any student to research the teacher that you are interested in hiring. You want someone who knows their stuff and will do anything to help you improve, especially since you're going to be paying the teacher! I would also advice the student to ask (a lot!) of questions.
Students should ask about the teacher's experiences in the subject that they are seeking help in. They should also ask about a schedule; which days and times is convenient for both the teacher and the student to meet weekly, as well as what to do if and when either the student or the teacher can't make it to a session. Another thing that the student should ask is what method of payment does the teacher prefer.