I believe that learning can and should be fun. Whenever possible, I try to apply lessons from each subject to the students’ real and current lives, so that the material is relevant, exciting, and memorable to them. I believe that the ability to learn starts when a student feels valued as a person, and that their confidence grows when they feel cared for. I think that one-on-one investment goes a very long way in a teaching or tutoring situation, and that a student can make progress, no matter how difficult the subject may be in the beginning.
I received my Master of Arts in Education in 2010 from George Fox University. I am endorsed to teach Elementary Education, and specially endorsed to teach Language Arts and Social Studies at the Middle School level. I spent two years prior to getting my degree working as a teaching assistant in the public school system, working with grades K-8, in regular and special education classrooms. I love to teach, and to see kids’ faces light up when a concept becomes clear to them!
I spent two years as a teaching assistant in the public school system, for grades K-8. One year was spent strictly as a math tutor, the other year as a teacher in the special education room. I completed one year of student teaching at the fourth and sixth grade levels while working on my Master’s degree. I have tutored in summer school programs, as well as for private families. I have also volunteered as a reading volunteer, helping to tutor students who struggle in the area of literacy.
I love both reading and writing. I am a mother of three children under the age of three, which makes my life both crazy and fun. I enjoy playing board games, I love to sing, and I enjoy photography. When I have time, I also enjoy golfing with my husband!