Having served as teaching assistant at the University of Georgia for six years, a substitute teacher for a year, and a former Boys and Girls Club librarian, I understand the importance of equitable, quality education in an individual’s life. Working alongside some of the world’s most esteemed educators has motivated me to devote my life to helping others achieve their potential through education. My experience has taught me that the biggest sources of variation in education for students arise from differences among classrooms as well as via practices such as labeling and tracking. Although every student is capable of learning, the reality is that each student learns differently. Consequently, as a tutor, I plan to create a classroom environment that fosters learning by targeting students’ individual learning styles as well as their individual desires to learn. Effective tutors, I believe, achieve this via applied learning, collaboration, deliberation, interrogation, and critical thinking exercises. Because students learn best when they are in an environment conducive to learning, it is important that respect is not only demonstrated but also encouraged at all times in the classroom. When respected, students feel free to ask questions and share ideas. As a tutor, I will determine my success not only by students’ mastery of course materials but also by my efforts as a tutor. Given that learning is a continuous process, I see my role as constantly changing. One reason for that is I consistently subject myself to learning new materials and technologies in which I utilize in my tutoring. I believe that only those tutors who subject themselves to learning can teach others. Most importantly, I believe the greatest tutors are those who exhibit a true passion for their craft and who, above all, inspire their students.
Additional information is provided below:
Outstanding Teaching Assistant, 2008
Graduate Assistantship, 2007-2012
Condrey, S., Hardy, P., & Riles, S. 2012. “Human Resource Management.” The Handbook for Georgia Mayors and Councilmembers. Athens, GA: Carl Vinson Institute.
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