May 30-July 30, Tutoring available 10am-4pm, Monday - Friday, 1-hr increments
Ask me about group discounts!
Additional travel radius available (to Catalina Foothills, Starr Pass, and Sahuarita/Green Valley), travel charge may apply to these areas only.
My husband is active duty (USAF) and I do have access to Davis-Monthan AFB. If you live on-base, I can come to your home through August 2014.
I became interested in working with students with special needs when I was in high school; a summer spent volunteering at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, VA convinced me that this was my calling. Ever since, I've spent as much time as possible learning about the variety of different ways that disabilities can affect a person, and their loved ones.
In college, I took every teaching practica that came my way - pre-K pre-literacy development, middle school math, GED tutoring for adults. I graduated from James Madison University (Virginia) in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Special Education, K-12 (concentration in Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, and Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities), with over 400 hours of teaching experience before graduation.
I believe in taking a very personalized approach to learning and tailoring lessons to each student, rather than taking a "one-size fits all" approach. If my student is a kinesthetic learner, we use a hands-on method. If my student is a visual learner, we use visual prompts. (Teachers call this "differentiated instruction.") I also make efforts to help students connect information between different subjects ("cross-categorical instruction"); this helps students gain an appreciation of part-to-whole concepts on a global level.
I believe that education is not only imperative in creating balanced and fair societies, it's also a basic human right. Every student should have the tools they need to learn new skills. With plenty of education and expertise, I have learned how to use the tools that create life-long learners; THAT is the skill that will serve you or your children for the rest of their lives.
Finding a good fit between student and tutor is important. I believe that it is so important that I always offer our first session at no charge. This first session gives us both a chance to get to know each other, and it gives me the opportunity to evaluate where a student's strengths and weaknesses are. This allows us to progress more quickly to addressing weaknesses and building them up.
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