My name is John, and I am a retired sixty-one year old former English and Special Education Teacher.
I graduated from Arizona State University with a Master's degree in English, and from the University of Arizona with a Master's degree in Special Education and Rehabilitation. I began my career teaching English for four years on the Navajo Reservation, then I moved to Tucson to teach English for twenty one years, and special education for ten years. As an English teacher, I taught all grades, from 9th grade to 12th grade, and at every level, from remedial to gifted. As a special education teacher, I worked with all grade levels, from 1st grade to 12th grade grade. My two specialized areas were learning disabilities and emotional disabilities. Under learning disabilities, I had students who had reading disabilities, dysgraphia (inability to form letters), dysgraphia (inability to comprehend abstract math), inability to remain focused, inability to retain information from written matterial, ADD and ADHD (lack of organizational and focus skills), oral retention of information, short term memory and long term memory retrieval, and numerous other skills. Under emotional disabilities, I worked with students with Asperger's Syndrome, Bi-Polar disorder, highly marked ADD and ADHD, highly marked depression, Tourettic impulse drive, alcohol fetal syndrome, highly marked depression, suicidal ideation, conduct disorder (anger management), poor impulse control, and other disabilities.
At the present time, I am a volunteer with Jewish Social Services. I work with Holocaust survivors as an ESL teacher. For many of them, Russian is their primary language, so much of the work I do is teaching basic conversational skills, as well as help them translate documents (letters to relatives, business, family) from Russian to English (I also am certified in ESL). They are all shut-ins, so I make it a point to visit each survivor (or survivors, in the case of husband and wife) at least twice a week for to hours.
If there is one thing I learned during my thirty-three years as a teacher, it is that each student is an individual, with very specific learning styles. There is no one size fits all education. I also believe in working very closely with parents, with their concerns. No tutoring program can work very well without parental input.
I look forward to hearing from you
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