Name: Brooke Williams 

Areas of Focus: 
My main focus is with students who struggle in academics and/or behavior.  I have many strategies that are beneficial to students who struggle with reading, math, focus, and social skills.  My background is working with students who have a range of needs such as ADHD, Autism, Gifted, and Dyslexia.  I am also Peak's primary evaluator for Comprehensive Educational Evaluations. 

Educational Background: 
My undergraduate degree is in family studies and child development.  I then went on to get a Master’s Degree in Special Education, as well as a certificate in Autism.  I returned to school again, and just finished my second Master's in Educational Leadership.  

What is your teaching philosophy? 
My philosophy for teaching is very child-centered.  I believe that all children can learn. It just may not be in the most traditional way.  I believe in differentiating instruction and finding new and innovative ways to connect with students.

When you're not working with kids, what do you like to do? 
When I am not working with kids, I love to be outdoors and active.  I am a certified scuba diver, as well as an avid hiker.  I also love to do yoga and ride my bike. 

Who was your favorite teacher and why?  
Choosing a favorite teacher is difficult for me, as I have been blessed with many.  I had a wonderful teacher in 2nd grade, Mrs. Kling, who taught me to love writing and also taught me sign language (which became my foreign langue of choice in college).  I also come from a family of teachers who instilled a love of teaching and learning in me from a very young age. 

What do you enjoy about tutoring?  
What I enjoy most about tutoring is making connections with students and watching them grasp a new concept.  When I can watch the light bulb come on for a student who has been struggling, it is the best feeling in the world. Being able to work one-on-one with students is exciting and rewarding as an educator.