My teaching experience varies. I've been a public school classroom teacher for seven years in both suburban and inner city settings, where I've taught second grade
, third grade
, and, currently, fourth grade
. During summer months, I've taught several math
courses (fundamentals of math, pre-algebra
, algebra 1
, and geometry
) in a private SAT Prep
school, as well as instructed pre-schoolers through 12th graders at Kumon Learning Center. I have one year of experience in private tutoring.
I hold a K-5 NJ teaching certificate for all subjects, as well as a middle school math certificate (grades 5-8). I graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science
in elementary education
, with extra credits constituting a middle school math endorsement, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in clinical psychology
. I am certified to tutor in all elementary subjects, pre-algebra
, algebra 1 & 2, geometry, statistics
, and more (see below).
I have an eclectic, flexible, and multi-faceted approach to teaching. First, I believe that teaching study skills
and effective learning habits prior to teaching content will help ensure a strong academic foundation upon which a student can build his/her future endeavors and interests. I praise my students for working hard, but I give even more credit to them for working "smart". Secondly, since people are inquisitive by nature, I encourage an inquiry-based approach to learning, focusing not only on working out the answers, but also on taking the initiative to pose the questions. Additionally, I tend to place an emphasis on flexibility of the mind when it comes to teaching language
and math. Similar content presented in various ways builds deeper understanding and promotes retention. Particularly in math, I enjoy teaching for deep conceptual understanding. However, I'm also very familiar with giving public school standardized tests and am able to "speed up the process" by focusing on procedural understanding, rules, and algorithms for the sake of grades and tests.
For students who may not respond well to traditional tutoring, I'm open to tutoring through innovative and creative means, by using unique methods or positive paired-stimuli to tap into personal intelligences and motivate the brain. I'm trained in Quantum's brain-based learning, and I enjoy tailoring my methods of instruction to the learner's strengths, such as using book clubs for the interpersonal learner, active inquiry investigations for the hands-on/kinesthetic learner, or music
-based studies for a learner with musical intelligences. I recognize the importance of teaching to the learner as opposed to simply teaching the subject, and I believe that a positive mindset when learning is key.