I grew up in a small town in Illinois. I spent a lot of time with friends and family, often camping and going for road trips. My family and I often visited historically significant sites across the U.S., as well as National Parks. Such trips sparked my interest in life-long learning, especially in the areas of history and geography. Since my childhood, I have traveled to most states in the continental U.S. and several countries in Europe. I will soon embark on my first trip to Asia! I am always curious and always learning.
I attended Clarke College (now Clarke University) for my undergraduate education and received a B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education in the winter of 2009. In 2016, I obtained my Master of Education degree, with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language. In my career as an educator, I have served students in preschool and grades K-8, specifically in the realm of special education. Currently, I am a Language Arts teacher and am also pursuing my Wilson Reading System Level 1 certification.
In my former position, I provided tutoring services at a therapy center for 4 years. I concluded my time at the therapy center in the summer of 2018. The academic areas in which I provided support included math, reading, writing, and social skills. I also ran a summer academic enrichment camp for elementary-aged learners and focused on the areas of reading and math.
It is so important to build trust with a student in order to make optimal progress. I believe it is imperative to know a student’s strengths and interests, so that one can incorporate such ideas into lessons. Also, being understanding of students individual learning styles is necessary to better understand their needs.
In my spare time I enjoy traveling, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. A cup of coffee or tea with a good book is my favorite way to start the morning! I am also involved in church activities.
As a tutor for Peak Academics, I offer services in the areas of reading, writing, and math at the elementary and middle school levels. My goal is to assist students in gaining the confidence they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Whether they are struggling in school or desiring supplemental support, I will work with each family to make a plan that is tailored specifically to their child’s needs.