I have 13 years of teaching experience. I received my BS in Elementary education and taught in Des Moines, Iowa Public Schools as a basic skills teacher 4-6th grade. I also have a Masters degree in Special Education, Learning Disabilities/Emotional Disturbance K-8th. My experiences have included resource classroom and also self-contained. I have also taught in the Chicago Public Schools.
I am permanently certified in Iowa and have my California certification. In addition I have been background checked by the state.
My philosophy of teaching is that every child can learn to his or her ability. I believe that one needs to engage the child so that they have pride of ownership. The child and I set realistic goals and together decide how we are going to achieve them. This gives the child a sense of control and bolsters his or her self-esteem.
In addition to text book learning, I like to incorporate technology in the curriculum to allow the child a variety of sources from which to gather information. Since technology is such a big part of our lives today it gives the child transferable skills beyond the lesson being taught.
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