During my years as an undergraduate student, I have always enjoyed helping others while in school. Many times, I would come across students who had a difficult time with research or needing assistance with using the computer. Classmates would usually turn to me for either advice or may need a helping hand in creating a resume. My talent for helping and motivating others continued even during my graduate studies.
While obtaining my first MBA degree, my first professor had a tremendous impact in the way I approach my studies. The professor would use unique visuals and actively participate in fun scenarios which helped me to connect key concepts to real life situations. This professor truly introduced me to ways of approaching assignments to effective research methods through PowerPoint presentations. It was then; I learned to be a good critical-thinker through role playing scenarios and educational activities. After completing my first master's degree, I continued substitute teaching and working my own tutoring business.
My passion for teaching began to grow further, so I decided go get a second master's degree in elementary education. After taking the first course, my professor's influence from the MBA program sparked a sincere desire in teaching adult learners. While looking through the school's course catalog, I began searching for a major that would point me in that direction.
My skills and talents to motivating, tutoring, mentoring, and advising continued to be my strong suit. However, I lacked the ability in creating a syllabus to lesson plans to creating an instructional plan and much more. The second degree with emphasis in adult education and training allowed me to strengthen my areas of weakness. Now, I have the necessary skills I need to become an effective teacher, mentor, advisor, tutor, and facilitator.
During my spare time, I go and speak with undergraduate students and share with them ways in being successful in college as well as graduate school. In addition, I have volunteered my time in substituting for a professor to working with students on campus. I take pleasure in helping students in reaching their goals and becoming effective problem-solvers.
My aim as an educator is to help as many students as I can to develop the skills and tools needed to be successful in college and in life. I would employ techniques that deal with different learning styles. Students, also bring lifelong experiences which can impact the way they retain and apply information.
Finally, I tend to explore and implement other methods and strategies that will produce an environment conducive to learning. Respecting and understanding the adult learner are powerful tools in producing a successful academic atmosphere. In turn, the students will find the class there in useful and productive.