Experience: Since 2008, I have tutored K-12 students under the No Child Left Behind Program in the subject matters of English, Reading Comprehension and Algebra 1 on a one-on-one basis and within groups. Further, I have tutored adults in the same subjects along with government, political science and public administration topics. Further, as a conference presenter and writer, I am proficient in providing tutoring in public speaking, writing and proofreading. Finally, I possess over 15 years in the business, legal and educational fields as well.
Tutoring approach: My duty as a educator and tutor is to provide my students with three essential tools, 1) guidance in building character, 2) develop critical thinking skills and, 3) instill confidence and self-esteem. Building character within a student requires having strong teaching abilities and values. My concept of strong teaching abilities and values are built on being knowledgeable in the subject matter, provide clear objectives, and support effort as well as achievement. I believe that cultivating a student’s sense of responsibility for their own behavior awakens their inner being and causes them to evaluate who they really are and what they are capable of accomplishing. I am also a very observant person in respect to gestures, connotations, and verbal or written responses of others. Thereby, being observant, patience, tough when necessary and creative, enables me to adapt to a student’s level of understanding. This results in me being able to quickly identify those students who need additional assistance. Also, because I personally have a lifelong love of learning, it enlightens my spirit when I can share my wealth of expertise and knowledge with students who have a desire to learn and apply it within their daily lives.
Being able to think critically is very important in today’s society especially with the advancement of technology. As an educator, I teach my students how to develop analytical skills and how to draw reasonable inferences from observations. I accomplish this by assigning material that requires students to take a position on a topic and to provide proof either analytically or cited sources to its validity. This causes students to develop an openness and creativity to new ideas and it forces them to critically think. For example, critical literacy helps students to expand their reasoning, seek out multiple perspectives, and become active thinkers. It recognizes the complexity of problems, rather than accepting simple explanations or solutions. Students will benefit because critical literacy provides opportunities for them to understand texts better by exploring their own thoughts and questions. Also, I promote techniques whereby students can apply them to real life scenarios. Real life scenarios leave a lasting impression on students causing them to utilize an applicable lifelong learned skill.
Over the years as an educator, I have discovered that some students are not fortunate enough to have a support system in place where they receive consistent encouragement and perseverance to push towards the highest attainable goal. It is imperative for students to have confidence and self-esteem in order to succeed. Without it, your inner being is incomplete. I develop student’s confidence and self-esteem by challenging them to do their best by promoting a climate of caring and trust. Additionally, I assist students by setting challenging but, achievable goals. I believe in providing a mentorship environment for my students by way of having an open door policy to any and all who need extra help or guidance. This has proven to be an excellent way to get students to become more involved with their learning process. I also implement technological approaches to the subject matter by way of making the material very interactive as possible. It warms my heart when I talk to a past student and they express to me how my teaching methods assisted them in their daily lives. I realize that I cannot reach everyone, but my daily goal is to be able to make a difference with just one student and that is how I measure my success as an educator.
Credentials: Currently, I am in the dissertation phase of my Ph.D. which is in Public Law and Administration with a concentration of Law and Public Policy at Walden University. I earned a Master's in Public Administration with a concentration in Budget Analysis and a Bachelor's of Science with a concentration in Political Science from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Also, I earned an Associate of Arts in Business from Los Angeles City College. I am the member of the American Society for Public Administration and Chair the Section on Public Law and Administration. Lastly, I am a member of Phi Alpha Alpha, a national honor society for public administrators.
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