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From 1989 to 2009, I taught at the elementary school level and have taught all levels, K through 6. I currently hold a Multiple Subject California Teaching Credential and have taught in Los Angeles, New York City, Berkeley and Santa Barbara. I was also a Math Specialist for the New York City Public School System. I specialize in incorporating Art and Music into my Writing Program and implement a concept based Math program emphasizing problem solving and the use to manipulatives and alternative algorithms. My Reading instruction spans the areas of basic phonetic decoding to comprehension, using such strategies as context clues, inference and prediction. I've worked in a variety of ethnically and socioeconomic environments and am experienced in both remediation for students with special needs and specific learning weakness as well as students seeking enrichment. I've also worked extensively with students with primary languages other than English-primarily Spanish, but also including Farsi and Armenian, so I'm well versed in ESL and ELD instruction and am CLAD-CTEL certified- California Teachers Of English Learners. Since leaving the classroom in 2009, I have tutored independently in the San Francisco Bay Area and presently, my hometown, Los Angeles.
I am presently available to students, grades K through 6 who need help in all academic areas including study skills, as well as students at the middle school through high school level needing instruction in Writing and Reading Comprehension including SAT and ACT preparation. My college degree in History and minor in Music History also qualifies me for instruction in those areas. In addition, I am available to adults desiring ESL-ELD instruction.
I have an easy and relaxed demeanor that puts students at ease and truly love what I do. My basic philosophy and approach towards teaching is that all students can reach their potential when their learning strengths are emphasized and utilized and their personal interests are tapped into. Everyone can develop a lifelong love for learning and progress at their own pace when the obstacles are removed.
For 19 years, I've taught at the elementary school level including all grade levels from K-6. For 2 of those years, I was a Math Specialist for the New York City Department Of Education. I currently hold a Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the state of California and have CLAD/CTEL Certification (California Teachers of English Learners Certificate). As a classroom teacher, I offered an integrated program that focused on higher order thinking skills and was both interactive and experiential. I offered open-ended lessons where each student could access the information and achieve to the highest level that they were capable of. Bilingual and multicultural materials were used to both empower and broaden the horizons of my students. I also specialized in incorporating music and art into my Writing program. This aided in stimulating the student's auditory and visual senses which enhanced their ability and motivation to write. My Reading program incorporated literature circles and focused on both basic decoding skills and phonemic awareness for beginning readers as well as comprehension aided by using strategies such as context clues, inference, and prediction. For Math, I combined constructivist theory with the use of manipulatives to ensure conceptual understanding and problem solving capabilities. Overall, my program was guided by my belief that curriculum could be both standards based and creative. Outside of the classroom, I offered workshops for parents and staff development for teachers in Math instruction. I also served on several School Site Councils and was a member of the Student Study Team-a collaboration between teachers, support staff and parents to support students with special needs. Since leaving the classroom in 2009, I've been an independent tutor and recently joined WyzAnt.
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