CSN/ UNLV (Early Childhood Ed.)
When I say motivate I mean what I say and I say what I mean. Learning, in any atmosphere must be done in an environment that is fun exciting, engaging, and relatable. For the past 2 years I have been teaching young minds ranging from Pre-k to 5th grade. What I have learned along the way is that each grade level needs learning experiences that are invigorating. Because I am coming into to teaching where technology has shapes many minds about how students learn, I like to approach teaching that relates more to the students than the subject itself. Before learning can be processed I believe that relationship building is a must. Once students have enough comfort of who I am and what my expectations are, it makes the learning process that much easier.
I actually started my teaching journey as a music tutor for the College of Southern Nevada. As a music major most of my students were beginners needing that extra boost the fundamentals of music. Because you are never to young or old to study music I has the pleasure of working with students form all walks of life and age range. Now that I have been teaching young minds mostly Pre-K through 2nd grade I have not changed in how I approach the education field. These students still need my trust as much as my desire for them to learn. I have twin boys whom I'm raising with the help of my beautiful wife. We love them unconditionally and now that they are finally putting words, actions, and social acceptable manners into play I learn from them everyday. They actually give me the temperament that is needed when it comes to education. All students learn differently and because of that I understand that in order to succeed, patience is truly a virtue. My passion for this field speaks to the type of environments I have recently placed myself into. Currently my classroom is designed for special needs students learning at the same time and the same material as my general education students.
I spent this last year working as a reading specialist for an elementary school. I worked with students K-5th grade and was able to raise test scores for each group that met with me for 30 min. a day during the school year.
I have recently been assigned a lead teaching job for the Nevada Pre- K program for CCSD. I have learned various techniques and strategies that help develop early writing skills
While working with other reading specialist for the Paradise Team I was able to learn some techniques that were effective enough to improve test scores for 2-5th graders.
My first love of drum set started as a youth at my church, I wasn't even tall enough to touch the foot pedals. Drum set is my primary instrument and since my church days I have performed with groups in Las Vegas, Tallahassee, and New York. If you are serious about becoming a competitive drummer versed in the styling's of Jazz from various genres I am your man.
I have cooked for the hotel industry for the past 10 years. Before relocating back to Vegas, I studied culinary in Tallahassee and eventually obtaining my chef' certificate form the New York Restaurant School in Manhattan.
Some call me the jack of all trades master of "Some". I like to call myself an ocean with as much depth as one is willing to explore. At the core I love teaching others about the subjects that are close to my heart. Above all I love laughter and enjoy life. If you are struggling in any of the subject areas that are listed and need some motivation please don't hesitate. I am here for you. When I say motivate I mean what I say and I say what I mean. Learning, in any atmosphere must be done in an environment that is fun exciting, engaging, and relatable. For the past 2 years I have been teaching young minds ranging from Pre-k to 5th grade. What I have learned along the way is that each grade level needs learning experiences that are
I studied at the New York Restaurant School in Manhattan. While living in Newark, New Jersey and attending school I worked as an understudy at the New Jersey Performing Art Center. The Place I worked at was called the Theater Square Grill and I learned the basics of banquet operations. Upon graduating with my chef's certificate I worked at an upscale eatery located in Greenwich Village. That place specialized in fine dining and I was able to learn all I know now allowing me to come back to Vegas and work on the strip for various hot spots around the city.
Out of all the things that I have studied for, playing drum set has been my passion since before I could ever reach the foot pedals. At the age of 6 I started playing for my church. I was a self taught drummer until the age of 14 when I finally joined my high school marching band. Thankfully I was able to learn the importance of reading music quickly from then on and I eventually got introduced to jazz during my studies at Florida A&M University. The marching band at that university was and still is bigger than the football team. I really took my skills as jazz drummer while attending FAMU and everything I know about jazz I give credit to the professors of that university. I eventually left FAMU and moved back home and finished my studies as a music minor at CSN. I have been a part of several bands since high school including jazz, funk, R&B, gospel, and Hip- Hop.
My current position as a pre- k teacher has given me ideas on ways to help with handwriting skills. What most don't understand is that how a child holds a paint brush says a lot about how that same child holds a pen and a pencil. My approach to facilitating proper handwriting skills is accomplished through consistent activities such as grasping clothes pins, water painting, and squeezing bubble wrap. These activities reinforce fine motor movement. Once these muscles have developed dry erase boards with colored markers help to solidify handwriting skills.
My experience as a reading strategist has given me the ability to access students and create a program where phonics skills can then be developed. What I have learned from my experience is that no matter what age, if a child is struggling in the area of phonological awareness, it goes back to foundational skills that have not been addressed in the early elementary years. The other piece that I have learned is that some students struggle because they are learning English as a second language. No matter what the case foundational skills can still be addressed in the same manner. My goal for students is to start them on a path where reading becomes easier and to motivate them to find that one subject that moves them. To me, knowledge is truly power.
Currently work as a substitute teacher for elementary and have been employed as a reading specialist in the past.