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Hi, my name is Mandy H. I am a certified and highly qualified elementary school K-8 grade teacher in Arizona. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University in 2001. I began substitute teaching and tutoring privately after college, which exposed me to a lot of different teaching and learning techniques. I have experience tutoring math, reading, and writing. I also have experience tutoring students with a variety of special needs including ADHD and other learning disabilities. It was this, which pushed me to receive my Master’s degree in Educational Intervention from Ottawa University. This program taught me how to adapt my teaching to the unique needs of students.
During this time, I had begun teaching at an urban charter school in Phoenix as a Saturday School instructor in the areas of reading and writing for seventh and eighth graders. The following year I began teaching fourth grade for the same school. This continued for two years. In my final year there, I taught in the Elementary Special Education Department. While in this situation, I excelled at making adaptions and modifications to make sure that all of my students were successful. After this, I worked as a fourth grade teacher for another school where I used my skills to ensure success again.
I have a disabling condition myself, which helps me be a better teacher and tutor. I understand many of the frustrations that parents and students may feel when dealing with social and academic struggles that may be unique to some families. My own experiences help parents and students understand how to advocate and work with the school systems to ensure success for the student, which is why I became an educator ten years ago. I am proud to be a role model for students and teach them that everyone can be whatever they wish, as long as you want it bad enough! My teaching style can best be described as adaptable. Not every student learns the same way, so before I begin tutoring someone, I want to know as much as possible about the student so that I can use what he or she are great at to help them overcome weaknesses. I will use hands on, visual and auditory input to stimulate the learning process in a student. I will always put a student's unique needs above everything else. I believe that this formula ensures success for all involved!
I am familiar with several reading strategies that can assist a student when taking standardized screening tests. For example this duty and may want to use a highlighting strategy to answer multiple-choice questions. This could also work for any type of reading comprehension exercises that would require students to recall information about what they read. I've also found that the use of such strategies can also be used to reduce the anxiety that the student feels while taking reading comprehension tests.
In my 10 years of teaching, I have taught about 20 students with ADD/ADHD. I spent a lot of time making accommodations for these students in group learning situations, as well as one on one tutoring situations. I have experiences helping families and schools develop IEP's or 504 plans for these students, so that they could achieve their academic and life goals.
American history is a fascinating subject to me. I especially like to help students discover information regarding the civil rights movement and Underground Railroad. I believe that this particular period in history has taught Americans as well as others the accepting of differences. I believe that America is a wonderful country.
I worked with several students with Aspergers as a regular and special education teacher. When working with this high functioning students I developed a personalized, but research based approach to education. I am able use behavior modification with reward systems to help students be successful in all aspects of their lives. This includes social interactions with family and friends. This process can include the use of social stories to help model appropriate behavior for these students. I am also aware that over stimulation can be one of the culprits of undesirable behaviors I am familiar with brushing and other ways to decrease over stimulation, and how simple modifications to environment can help these students become focused and successful in a variety of situations. I am very familiar with IEP's and have helped implement a variety of goals and outcomes.
I am familiar with the tests to diagnose dyslexia and am familiar with strategies to the students overcome this unique disability. I have experience with working with dyslexic family members. I am trying to complete the dyslexia certification program thought the International Dyslexia Association in the near future.
I am Highly Qualified, according to the No Child Left Behind standards, in Elementary Education for the State of Arizona. I have three years of substitute teaching experience in all subjects and grade levels. I have three years of contracted teaching experience in fourth grade and one year of contracted teaching in Special Education.
Elementary science can be really boring for students. I like to activate a students imagination when teaching concepts such as the scientific method, Earth, and space science. I like to use project based exploration because it allows my students to engage with the material using all five senses. This is essential to helping students retain the knowledge taught.
I am a certified reading specialist in the State of Arizona which entails teaching decoding indirectly and directly to students.
I am a certified reading specialist. I use both phonics, and whole language strategies to help students unlock the puzzle of reading. I also use encouragement where it is needed to help students understand how important it is to open their world to reading.
I also have a bag of tricks to help students increase their vocabulary and comprehension skills. These include active learning games and more!
I am a certified teacher who has a personal connection with students who have special needs. I am special needs myself and understand the challenges that these students face. I am experienced with the implementation of IEP's and 504 plans. I am patient and can adjust my teaching to make sure every student succeeds.
I have specific experience with working with students who have been classified as SLD, Autism, SLP, OI, ED, MOMD, SMD, MIMD, and OHI.
Arizona State University-Main (Elementary Education)
Ottawa University (Master's)
Walden University (Other)
Excellent in every way! — I selected Mandy to tutor my two daughters. As a teacher she will speak with or email your teachers or kids teachers! Wow! She has brought out a wonderful new attitude about homework in each of them. Now, our evening homework is positive, effective and meaningful. What I appreciate most about Mandy is her deep insight into what a student needs to succeed. She uses her experience and puts a lo ...
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