My Approach to Tutoring
Henry Ford said "If you think you can, you're right. If you think you can't, you're right." My focused goal for each student whether adult or younger is to change the student's negative belief that he or she won't ever be good at a subject and turn it into the positive truth that solid knowledge is achievable with dedicated effort..
Over the past 25 years, I have taught many subjects to dozens of students of various ethnicities, English proficiency levels, and economic backgrounds. Most of this experience occurred in public, private, and charter schools teaching students in grades kindergarten through 12.. I also am grateful for 5 years successfully preparing adult learners for the GED exam with my customary brand of patient yet firm encouragement, and it has been a great joy to see some of them continue confidently on to college. I've also taught bible classes to young people, coordinated college information sessions for parents and students, and cultivated my own daughter's love of learning EVERYTHING to become a second-generation post-baccalaureate graduate at an accelerated pace.
My success with students whether one-on-one, small group, or a medium-sized classroom results from multiple sources. Certainly, I bring content knowledge gained from college and graduate school as well as self-directed learning about teaching techniques, academic standards and barriers to learning. But, I know that the added value I offer is genuine concern even in a classroom setting to students especially when I hear and see their defeat. Those students fuel my passion to kill defeat that stifles hope. This passion comes from gratitude toward my 10th grade Honors English teacher who modeled what I do now; she provided the double support of training me one-on-one in how to correct weaknesses in preparation for the SAT and of introducing me to the idea of wanting to attend college when my low self-esteem hid this possibility from view. So, I use all I've learned as an educator, divorced single parent, community-conscious citizen, businesswoman, Christian, and motivator to transform students' lives through personalized learning sessions. I love that I empower students of all ages to say goodbye to "I can't" and hello to "I know I can do this." Students' smiles and high-fives, energized confidence, and significantly improved grades and test scores give me precious memories.
My Tutor Profile
Adult, teen & child in: math; English; science; admissions test prep (SSAT/ISEE; PSAT/SAT, ACT, GED, ASVAB, GRE)
B. A,. University of Pennsylvania
J. D,. Temple University School of Law
Certificate of Completion in Youth and Adult Mental Health First AId, National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
Summary of my Experience
- Current SDP substitute teacher with 5 years experience
- 5 years of academic and test-prep tutoring experience
- 3 years as Academic Success Coach and Parent Engagement Coordinator
- ESL & SAT Instructor for Accel Academy 2012-16
- Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Certified