I hold a California Professional Clear Teaching Credential, am Bilingual in Spanish and have more than 15 years' experience teaching and tutoring. Most of my classroom experience has been "self-contained"; that is to say, I taught my students in all subject areas: reading, writing, math, social studies, science, PE, etc. I emphasize developmentally-appropriate activities, with learning embedded in enjoyment and discovery for young children. It is also my experience that students of all ages learn more authentically and more fully retain what they have learned when multiple modalities of instruction are employed. For instance, 'hands-on' practice and not just 'pen and pencil' or memorization is supported by much brain research to enhance learning.
I offer experience with students with Special Needs, especially in the areas of Aspergers, on the Autism Spectrum and ADHD. I have participated in Early Literacy Training and employed such methods extensively with young children and English Learners. I am experienced at implementing Reading Specialist curriculum to support struggling 3rd - 5th grade students. For adult learners, I can offer professional support with conversational and workplace Spanish, ESL, test preparation and review of grammar skills.
As of June 2012, I am also a Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator. Steeped in Adlerian Psychology, this parenting method emphasizes "connection before correction," mutual respect and parenting that is Both 'kind And firm'. I'm happy to consult with parents who may want to learn more about Positive Discipline and ways in which it may help their family. Furthermore, I incorporate Positive Discipline with social skills for students on the Autism Spectrum. Thank you.
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