I have been studying the bible since I was about 6 years old. My father was an aspiring pastor, eventually became a chaplain in the Army, and now works as a marriage and family therapist. Meanwhile, my mother home schooled my siblings and I. Bible was part of the curriculum. Also, I spent a semester studying at a Christian university in New Brunswick, Canada, where my major was Religious Studies. I took biblical Greek and studied the Old Testament.
In May 2012 I graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. After graduating, I applied to the Maryland State Department of Education and received an official certification to teach grades K-6.
I taught 5th grade elementary math for one year (2011-2012) at Rockledge Elementary School in Bowie, MD. I also met with a small-group of students twice a week to help them improve their multiplication skills. Their scores went from 20s-60s to 70s-100s.
I have helped students from the ages of 5 to 12 with their math homework after school.
I taught 5th grade elementary science for one year at Rockledge Elementary School. I have always had an interest in science, and I like to use children's natural curiosity as a springboard for exploration.
I have helped students from the ages of 5 to 12 with their science homework.
Before I changed my major to Elementary Education, I was an English major. I have read hundreds of books in my life so far, and I hope to read thousands more. I absolutely love literature in all its forms and I enjoy helping others learn more about English and study great works of literature.
I am proficient in English, but I wish I could master another language; particularly Spanish. I have taken college-level Spanish I and passed with an A. For about 5 years now I have been trying to learn Spanish. I've listened to the Pimsleur Audio learning CDs, listened to Spanish music, and tried having basic conversations with my Hispanic friends, but I am still not proficient at it. English is a difficult language to learn, and I hope to help speakers of other languages learn it. I hope that I can relate to Hispanic English Language Learners by being able to communicate with them to some degree using their own language and build bridges that way.
I am an excellent editor. I often find grammatical errors in books, and I have the urge to take my red pen and write the appropriate correction. I grew up learning how to dissect sentences and label every single piece: Subject, predicate, preposition, object, etc. etc. etc. Sentence diagrams still show up in my nightmares. Yet through it all, I did learn exactly how the English language works. Without the rules, the English language would have no structure. I believe I can teach grammar in an accessible way that really helps students instead of hindering them.
I love arts and crafts! My mother taught me to sew when I was 8 years old and I only wish I had a sewing machine so that I could apply more of what she taught me! In the meantime, I have become an adept knitter and would love to teach anyone how to knit. Since knitting wasn't an option under "subjects", I chose needlework because knitting is working with needles (knitting needles). I've been knitting for about 3 years now and can help you get started on a new project just in time for Christmas!
I am certified to teach reading and writing according to the Maryland State Department of Education. I also have experience working with students in kindergarten through second grade using phonics and other reading skills to teach them how to read.
I play piano and read music fairly well. There are certainly many people who play much better than I do, but I can teach children ages 8-12 the basics of how to identify keys on the piano, read music, and keep tempo.
I often find mistakes in books that I read. I have an eye for detail and can proofread and edit your writing to make it more professional and engaging!
I have tutored reading to students ages 5 to 8 for about 4 years now. I remember also helping my little brother learn how to read. Learning to read is a combination of phonemic awareness, letter recognition, fluency, and comprehension.
I grew up in a fairly traditional, Christian household. My father was a Chaplain in the Army whose favorite thing was to talk about theology. I took religious courses in high school as well as college. I also spent a semester at a Christian University in Canada as a Religious Studies major.
I love learning, and I know how to learn just about anything. Learning takes practice, and so does studying. I had to learn study skills to get A's in college, and I know exactly what works and what does not. I also understand that every individual's learning style is unique and I can help all types of learners adopt study skills that work for them.