Before studying English, I majored in economics for a year. I am well-versed in many different kinds of math, and I have worked with children for the last eight years as a camp counselor, so I am very good at communicating with younger students. I have a variety of strategies to teach computational skills.
I studied English and World Literature at Schreyer Honors College at Penn State. I am certified to teach English at the secondary level, but I am willing to tutor students of all ages.
I have studied grammar for six years throughout my undergraduate and graduate education. I also have experience teaching grammar at the high school level. I try to teach my students easy ways to remember rules and provide plenty of practice to help them become better writers.
To earn my B.A. in English, I took many literature courses. I'm familiar with many of the books taught in most elementary, secondary, and collegiate-level classes. To help my students learn from literature, I try to ask challenging questions and assign a variety of writing prompts to help them learn the underlying concepts of the text.
I was recently certified in secondary education in Pennsylvania. As part of my program, I took several elementary education courses and learned how to teach phonics. I also tutored a fifth-grade student in phonics for several weeks this past year. I am familiar with the different stages of reading and writing, and I have many resources to help me teach phonics.
Before studying English, I majored in economics for a year. I am well-versed in many different kinds of math including Prealgebra, Algebra I and Algebra II. I have a variety of strategies to teach computational skills and show students how to work with variables and factoring.
As an English teacher, I am well-practiced in proofreading student writing. I can help students improve their creative, persuasive, expository, and essay writing. I have also worked as an independent proofreader, and I can help students make any piece of writing great.
My degree in English along with my teaching experience make me very qualified to teach reading. I can teach any student how to recognize the main ideas of a text, question literature, and succeed in writing essays and taking reading-based tests. I like to use writing a lot to help teach reading because the more students write, the easier it becomes for them to read critically and efficiently.
I played soccer for my high school team and for a travel team for nine years. I refereed for several years and coached a middle school soccer team in 2013. I still play often, and I plan to coach again in the future.
I have taken several courses in elementary education through which I have learned how to teach spelling, reading, and writing to younger students. I also know of many websites that can be used to assist students who struggle with spelling. I have found that turning learning how to spell words into fun games for the student helps the student learn and retain much more knowledge than simple memorization. Therefore, I try to make learning to spell as fun and effective as possible.
It is very important for students to know which words work best when speaking or writing, as well as their meanings. My degrees in English and education have provided me with a great deal of experience both learning and teaching vocabulary. I also know of some great ways to incorporate technology when it comes to learning new words, which can make the process of enriching one's vocabulary both fun and engaging.
In my time teaching at the high school level, I utilized writing every day in my English classes. I can effectively teach expository, persuasive, creative, and essay writing to students of any age. I also like to use writing as a tool to help improve students' reading skills. I believe in giving students a lot of freedom to write about what interests them. I find that when students are really engaged in their writing, they often write much better.