Arizona State University (Political Science)
Arizona State University (Master's)
University of Nevada-Las Vegas (MEd)
I taught 4th grade for the last two years. However, I moved grade levels and currently teach 2nd grade. Therefore, I have a base knowledge of all elementary curriculum and what it takes to achieve success in K-5.
I'm known for developing a strong rapport with my students and am looking forward to working one-on-one to help students achieve academic success!
Math is my strong skill as a teacher. Not only do I teach students algorithms and what steps need to be completed, I am good at explaining the why and how behind why math works the way it does. Additionally, I am very good at coming up with stories and word problems that both grab attention and develop conceptual knowledge.
I have learned that teaching English is a challenge for many because they do not divide and conquer. In other words, they try to run before they know how to walk. I am a fantastic English teacher because I dissect ELA into its various components (fluency, comprehension, stamina, phonics, conventions of writing, etc.) and am excellent at focusing on each one individually without losing track of the big picture.
I have a Political Science degree and a strong passion for politics and history. Particularly in today's society, having a solid understanding of how politics and government operate in this country is both critical and fascinating.
Please contact this experienced teacher with two Master's degrees (including one in Elementary Education) and a wealth of experience on the elementary level! I am available for scheduling lessons and am looking forward to working with you to achieve maximum academic success. I taught 4th grade for the last two years. However, I moved grade levels and currently teach 2nd grade. Therefore, I have a base knowledge of all elementary curriculum and what it takes to achieve success in K-5.
I'm known for developing a strong rapport with my students and am looking forward to working one-on-one to help students
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I come from a family with a deep respect for history. From middle school through high school, American history was a passion of mine and I received A's every semester in history. In college, I parlayed this knowledge into a Political Science degree and continue to regularly read news related to American history, read books that describe specific historical events that I am interested in and discuss history on a regular basis.
During my Freshman year of college at Arizona State University, I became heavily involved with the recruitment department. I gave campus tours. As such, I learned the process of applying to college, and connecting to resources while there, very intimately. In my Junior year of college, I became a first-year success coach which reinforced my ability to connect students to resources to benefit them throughout their first year of college. Overall, helping students achieve their goals of, not only attending college but succeeding while there, is one of my biggest passions.
Teaching 2nd grade has taught me that fundamental skills (counting, simple addition, place value) are critical for success in upper elementary math. Having experience teaching both upper and lower elementary math has helped me understand what skills are essential to master and ways to master them. Math has been a strong suit of my teaching and I love finding the "magic tricks" to help make math exciting and easy to learn!
My mother always drilled the importance of reading into my head. My father followed up with the importance of writing. As I entered high school, English classes were one of my favorite classes as I love delving into a good book and analyzing the stories! Often times, I think people overlook the importance of proper grammar and other skills learned in English class and I think that is a critical oversight that can easily be corrected.
As a child, I had political discussions almost nightly with my family. When I entered college, I discovered that I had a strong passion and knowledge of politics and American government and chose to major in Political Science. Between my time studying Political Science at Arizona State University and my time studying Political Science during my study abroad in Israel, I managed to maintain a 3.6 GPA and a love of the intricacies of politics.
In teaching, when I moved from 4th grade to 2nd grade, I discovered that phonics skills are the single biggest indicator of a child's future reading success. Therefore, I dedicated significant portions of time to developing my ability to teach phonics (especially to ELL students). Without this critical skill, students will have limited fluency and likely end up frustrated with reading and the English language as a whole. Thus, the importance of quality phonics instruction can't be overstated and I consider my ability to teach phonics one of my strongest suits.
I graduated from Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University in 3 years with a 3.6 GPA and a degree in Political Science. It is a passion of mine and is a regular topic of discussion with my family and friends.
Reading should be as enjoyable (if not more enjoyable) of an experience as going to the movies. Great books consume you and we all know the thrill of getting into a page turner. For many students, they lack the foundation to be an effective reader (phonics skills, reading comprehension strategies etc.) and I would like to change that.
While teaching 4th grade, I quickly received a reputation for being a high-quality writing instructor. While writing can be extremely challenging to learn how to do well, I believe that it is one of our most essential skills and something which separates good students from great students is the ability to write. By providing consistent, specific feedback on writing, my students demonstrate significant writing improvement.