Ashford University (BASS education)
My name is Stefany, but most of my students prefer to call me Miss Stefany. One of the first things students and parents recognize about me is, I am not the typical teacher. This helps them feel comfortable and relaxed with me; and they find my energy and optimism about learning contagious. I like to involve my students' parents in the lessons, and I reach out to their teachers, because I believe that a learning tribe provides the best environment for student success. Let's face it, the way the curriculum and standards constantly change, parents often get lost when trying to help their kids with homework. I hate that feeling, so I work to eliminate it the best way I know how.
To give you a little background about me, I was a star student through middle school, inducted into the National Honors Society and consistently labeled teacher's pet (even though I moved around like crazy and rarely went to the same school two years in a row). Learning was just easy for me, and it came naturally. When I was 18, one month before I turned 19, I was involved in a terrible car accident that put me in a coma. The wires in my brain didn't reconnect to work exactly the way they had before. Suddenly, learning, thinking, and just living became extremely difficult. My memory was forever broken and connections seemed to be lost forever. While learning became difficult, my love for learning never diminished. I spent years researching and digging for strategies and routines that would help me rediscover my abilities and achieve my goals in academia.
At age 27, with four young children whom I had been homeschooling since birth, I decided it was time to put all my hard work to good use. I returned to school and embarked on a four-and-a-half-year journey (yes it took me six extra months) to obtain a degree in a field that would help me reach out to those students most like me. My "teaching degree" is not a traditional one. I decided to pursue the social sciences, because the psychological and sociological bases of learning intrigued me. I wanted to learn how people learn, what prevents them from learning, and how teachers can help them overcome their challenges. I took classes on phonics, teaching English language learners, differentiation for special needs and gifted learners. I minored in early childhood development so that I could gain a good understanding of the way kids grow and learn and what they need to thrive in a learning environment.
So today, as I begin the first month of my sixth year as a professional tutor, I can honestly say that this is my passion. It's what I was born to do. For your kids who feel like they can't succeed, I understand what it's like, I have felt like I can't learn. But I also know how to overcome that feeling! My name is Stefany, but most of my students prefer to call me Miss Stefany. One of the first things students and parents recognize about me is, I am not the typical teacher. This helps them feel comfortable and relaxed with me; and they find my energy and optimism about learning contagious. I like to involve my students' parents in the lessons,
Stefany taught me advanced math skills to graduate school high school. I had a hard time finding a tutor that knew this math. She jumped right in and was able to help me learn the skills I needed. I would highly recommend her for all your tutoring needs.
After just one session both my daughter and I felt that a weight had been lifted. My daughter now knows that she has a road map to success. She is excited about improving in areas that have challenged her for sometime. Stefany has created a safe working environment where my daughter can thrive.
Great initial meeting with my daughter. I SO appreciated that Stefany was more than prepared - a "binder with her name on it" -shows me just how focused and prepared she is. My daughter is excited to move forward with our plan!
Stefany is very sweet and patient with my daughter. They seem to click as student and teacher. My daughter feels very comfortable with her and We couldn't ask for a better Tutor.
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I love math, and that energy is shared with my students during our lessons. Algebra 1 came as second nature, and I was always the "math kid" all of my friends came to for help, it's only logical that I would devote my adulthood to helping other kids finally "get it."
I have designed curriculum for all subject areas that correlate with Michigan's state standards for elementary education, grades Kindergarten through sixth. I have 11 years' experience teaching in a homeschooling setting, as well as 3 years in home school cooperative teaching 3-6 students per course, in addition to a cumulative 2 years' experience tutoring on a volunteer basis, and 3 years professionally.
I collaborate in several groups of teacher/authors, creating curriculum supports that meet Common Core State Standards, and Michigan standards.
Geometry is my second favorite subject, it's so tangible and easy to relate to. I work hard to help my students connect personally with their geometry lessons, to see the theorems and postulates in action around them. Bringing the formulas to life helps students overcome any anxiety they may have. I also tend to spend a little time refreshing students on basic algebraic concepts needed to work through the more difficult problems.
I have completed four undergraduate courses in Phonics, Language acquisition, and related reading proficiencies. I use the Reading FUNdamentals program "Action Reading" to teach students the fundamentals of the written English Language to promote learning to read and write using systematic phonics instruction.