Christopher Newport College (BA English Language)
As an special education elementary teacher for over a decade, I understand how to help students succeed when they feel overwhelmed. I believe all students can reach higher standards with hard work and a positive attitude. All of my tutees have succeeded to the point where they don't need me, leading me to my favorite saying, "My goal is for you to put me out of a job."
I like to begin my tutoring sessions with a review of what the student is currently working on in class. Then we move on to strategies that will help the student with that subject. At the end of the session I like to play a game that is related to the subject to allow the student to see how education is actually fun and is useful in his or her life. My favorite thing about tutoring is watching a student realize how he or she really can succeed in a subject or process that had been giving trouble. When my tutees feel successful, the whole world seems to open up for them, and that is the greatest goal for any teacher.
I have taught elementary math from preschool through pre-algebra and have discovered that most students have a fear of math that keeps them from learning new skills. By showing students how often they use math everyday without even knowing it, I am able to remove that fear and help my tutees become confident in their abilities.
I have been studying English as a language since I was in elementary school because it is so important to my family, who learned it as a second language. I continued my education in English Language through college and ended up receiving a triple degree upon graduation. All this background allows me to show the beauty of the language and how it is not as hard to learn as many people believe.
When asked which k-6 subject I enjoy teaching the most, I feel stumped. I really enjoy each subject and pass that love on to my students. World studies opens students to new experiences from learning about explorers to seeing ancient lands as they were in bygone days. Science provides chances to interact with the world around us, whereas art can tie together colors and textures while opening new avenues of communication. Music brings all the academics together by helping with memory skills, timing, as well as giving students yet one more area to show what they know. Obviously, choosing a favorite subject to teach can be difficult.
One of the most difficult skills for students to learn is phonics as it can change depending on the person teaching it, the accent of the area the student lives in, not to mention the different tones of letters and letter blends depending on where they are found in a word or the stress of the word in a sentence. For these reasons I have researched some of the best methods to teach phonics that have been used in the past twenty years. I have developed a method to teach phonics that helps students identify letters, sounds, and blends with ease and can help them learn spelling strategies as well.
Having been a special education teacher, I've learned to develop programs that allow students to own their individual learning style and to bring success to their education. Students want to learn and feel successful. When they feel comfortable with the material and trust the teacher, they can learn anything. As a tutor I can help elementary age children embrace education and become the best students they can be. As an special education elementary teacher for over a decade, I understand how to help students succeed when they feel overwhelmed. I believe all students can reach higher standards with hard work and a positive attitude. All of my tutees have succeeded to the point where they don't need me, leading me to my favorite saying, "My goal is for you to
I held a VA Teacher Certification NK-6 from 1993-2008. As a public school substitute then special education teacher, I taught all SOLs for K-5 from 1993 until 2003, when I specialized in kindergarten SOLs. In 2004-2005 I taught all subjects in 5th grade only.