The easy answer is, because I was a teacher, and it's what I know how to do.
Tutoring, or academic coaching, or educational support, is a good fit for me. I love working with students. I love to teach. I do not love managing a classroom full of people with wildly differing needs and learning styles -- maybe for 10 or 12 people, but not for 25. Or even 17.
What I love most about it, is watching kids get it. I love watching their eyes light up when something that seemed impossible makes sense. I love being there when a kid confidently and truthfully says, "Oh! This is actually easy!" as if they haven't spent the past hour or week or year struggling with it.
Tutoring allows me time to really see a kid grow.
Being a tutor is a chance, too, to be a direct support to families. One of my favorite parts of teaching, was when I could get together with the other adults in the child's life, the really important ones, parents or guardians or whoever was caring for them, and we could make a plan to help a child thrive.
I also love the flexibility tutoring has given me as a homeschooling parent. I can set my own hours. I can decide when I'm taking time off. I decide how available I can be. This has allowed me to be here for my son as he has grown over the past three and a half years. Tutoring continued and grew during the pandemic. Tutoring was work I could do from home, and the outside, and then in homes again.
I love building lasting relationships with families, and seeing their kids year after year as they become more and more themselves.
Tutoring is an extension of the work I've done for years as a teacher, storyteller, and coach. If you're looking for someone to work with your student to bring about more confidence in their own capacities and capabilities, let me know!
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