Muhlenberg College, Allentown (French, Education, English)
King's College - Wilkes Barre, PA (Enrolled)
Cambridge Teaching House (Graduate Coursework)
EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND:
I have been tutoring for several years now, but am constantly seeking opportunities for professional development. I am currently enrolled in King's College's post-baccalaureate certification program & Master's for teaching French and English as a Second Language. My academic achievements are reflected in my membership of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Education Honor Society. In summer 2015 I earned my CELTA, or Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, from Cambridge University's Teaching House.
I graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College in 2011. At Muhlenberg, I volunteered as a math and reading tutor at the Casa Guadalupe after-school program, where I worked with underprivileged, inner-city students. I also brought my love for foreign languages and creative writing to life as Editor-in-Chief of Kalliope, Muhlenberg's foreign language literary journal, and as a contributor to Muses, an arts journal. I am a member of the Alpha Mu Gamma foreign language honor society through the University of Scranton.
I studied abroad in Paris through CIEE’s Critical Studies program in the spring semester of 2009. During this amazing experience, I was fortunate to be able to take a 3rd year comparative literature course at the Sorbonne.
You can find sample resources that I have created for some of my French classes under the "Resources" section.
I also completed Master's-level coursework in pedagogy, psychology, and teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) at Marywood University.
I have ample experience working with international students. My family has taken in French, Korean, and other exchange students regularly for 10+ years now. During my studies there, I was an active member of Marywood's International Club. I know how to interpret for, communicate with, understand, and make myself understood by internationals, even when I don't speak their native tongue. However, I am fluent in French, and I possess a basic knowledge of Spanish. I was also fortunate and skilled enough to complete an internship at the United Nations in the summer of 2008, where I met and interpreted for many amazing people from around the world.
I'm a member of the TESOL International Association, the biggest American ESL Professional Organization.
You can find sample resources that I have created for some of my ELL students under the "Resources" section.
GENERAL TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."-Ignacio Estrada. This basically sums up my philosophy of teaching.
I have had numerous classes in and experiences with differentiating instruction. The more my students employ their own unique learning styles, the better. I equip them with tools and training while guiding them through their individual learning processes, encouraging epiphanies, or "ah-ha! moments." I'm a firm believer in Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, i.e. everyone can learn, just in different ways, and I apply this to all of my work.
As a teacher, I provide a structured environment and thorough lesson planning. In my previous work as a counselor to children and adolescents, I have found that the younger the age of the child, the more routine and structure are required. However, I do not get thrown off by changes to the plan; I am willing and able to readily adapt to any situation.
You can find sample resources that I have created for my Reading students under the "Resources" section. I plan these using the PA Common Core Standards.
I find 5 areas in which I excel: thorough subject knowledge, adaptability, creativity, patience, and organization-- to be the strongest indicators of a good teacher.
I believe that all students are intelligent, in varied ways. Whether a student exhibits verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, musical, bodily/kinesthetic,visual/ spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal intelligence, or a combination of several of these, ALL students have the ability to learn. Every instructor should PRESUME intelligence; it is their responsibility to create engaging lessons, activities, and materials, as well as to make any necessary adaptations to facilitate the learning process.
I find that delivering a learning styles assessment, thoroughly researching, adapting, and creating materials, administering regular benchmark assessments, and checking often for comprehension are essential strategies for tutoring.
I try to be flexible with my time, but I do need to distribute it fairly among my students. Therefore, I have a standard 24-hour cancellation policy. If you contact me by WyzAnt message, text, or phone call within 24 hours, then I will re-schedule your missed lesson once without penalty. If you do not wish to re-schedule, then I will charge for half of the scheduled lesson fee in order to recover material costs and preparation time. For late students, the lesson begins at the scheduled time. If you are more than 15 minutes late, then I reserve the right to cancel the lesson and to charge you for half the scheduled lesson fee. I try to be flexible and understanding, but I do have other students and classes to teach. I will, of course, make exceptions for emergencies such as sudden illness. Tutoring is a privilege, not a right; please be respectful of me and my time, as I am of you and yours.
Please message me with any questions or requests. I would be happy to meet with you, whether in person or online; the first meeting's always free! EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND:
I have been tutoring for several years now, but am constantly seeking opportunities for professional development. I am currently enrolled in King's College's post-baccalaureate certification program & Master's for teaching French and English as a Second Language. My academic achievements are reflected in my
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I am CELTA-certified (Cambridge University Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
I hold a B.A. in French language, literature, and culture from Muhlenberg College. I studied abroad through CIEE'S Critical Studies program during the Spring 2009 semester. While in Paris, I took a 300-level literature course at the Sorbonne. I have housed French exchange students for years, and I make frequent trips to Quebec to keep up with my French as well.
I have proofread numerous works, both fiction and nonfiction, including Master's theses, cover letters, short stories, and poetry. I was the Senior Editor of the Kalliope Foreign Language Literary Journal and a contributing Editor of Muses Creative Arts Journal. I was also Assistant Editor of my high school newspaper.
I've had several graduate-level courses in Reading Education. I've been helping 3rd and 4th graders develop and improve their reading skills for years now. I usually help with motivation, fluency, decoding, and comprehension.