First things first, my name is Jerica (pronounced like a combination of Jerry and Erica). I am a graduate student at the University of Texas at San Antonio in Social Work with the passion of work with children and families in with terminal and chronic illness. I have always enjoyed working with children and have a growing passion for advocacy and policy issues. I am involved in several community organizations in San Antonio including the Dream Factory and Big Brothers Big Sisters. I hold a bachelors degree in Business Marketing with a minor in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin which I completed in 3 years. I have an employment background in insurance and academia. Finally, I have an extensive volunteer background with children, adults, and seniors varying in meeting individual educational, nutritional, emotional, and other basic needs. In addition to tutoring family and friends, my first professional tutoring experience began in 2004 as an AVID tutor at my high school. During that time, I worked with students grade 9-12 primarily on skills in English and Math. Since then, I have several years of experience in tutoring as an independent contractor with a speciality in primary and secondary school math. As I know not everyone enjoys math, I work to ensure that the student finds it applicable to his or her individual life and hope that the student can find the same love in math that I have always had. I am also a strong believer in the person and the environment perspective and believe that students have two ideal learning environments: at school (a primary location of learning) and at home (a natural environment and where the student does his homework). My teaching philosophy consists of four core areas: education, empowerment, feedback, and self-determination. In brief, education is the primary goal of teaching and/or tutoring. I consider education an increase in knowledge and expertise. As an educator, it is essential to empower students and provide them the opportunity for educational development. In doing so, I feel that students should not be bound by strict guidelines of a single method of teach. Each student has his or her individual strengths that I feel is important in education. Feedback is an important part of being in educator, but I also believe in the strengths perspective throughout the work with a client. Even if the student gets the answer wrong, I will find strengths to help the student stay confident in his/her abilities. Equally as important, it is important that the student be able to explain how he or she derived at an answer. If a student can get the answer right and "teach" me how he/she did it, I know that the student really has grasped the concept. Self-determination is the final part of my teaching philosophy. This is reflected in my understanding that learning comes from both the classroom environment, home, and community. As a tutor, I have faith that you will find that I am a reliable person. I value the importance that the educator be readily available and consistent with the student. My reliability and commitment speaks for itself from the experiences I have had. There are many wise words to be heard, many examples to be experienced, and many brains to be educated. Fun Facts: Everyone knows that I'm a Longhorn (Hook'em)! Some people know that I love NASCAR (go #99)! Not everyone knows that I know the alphabet backwards! While I keep busy, I still enjoy the spirit of giving time to others and like to stop and smell the begonias!