Thank you for looking at my profile. Please allow me to explain my teaching style. While it is unconventional, it has proven (with me) that my students, "get it" factor comes in quicker the, "ahh-haa" moments are more frequent & we enjoy our time together. I show & express the material they have been exposed to (not necessarily learned) in school that day, but in my own style. Which is translates to, YOUR OWN CHILD'S method of learning. You see, there is this one ever so important, very paramount factor in a child's success in learning that text books & school boards unfortunately really cannot cater to. That is our little one's grow too fast, & the pressure is on all school councils to teach certain criteria by - said date in the school year, & then move on to the next. What's forgotten? Personality traits, genetics
, mental processing. To sum it up into one word, Individuallity. Our children my be a part of what is called a single student body. But they are still individual people, with individual needs, likes, dislikes, & individual ways of processing information presented to them at school.
This is where I feel I fit in best. I'm a free spirit at heart. I believe there is a place in this world for everyone. That student body is but a mere memory come summer, year after year. Yet, that individual will have had his/her bright light dimmed or put out all together because he/she has a different learning style, a different way of processing information, a different window of time in which they are ready to accept this new knowledge. Guess what? I "Get That!" My students usually see at least one improvement in something at our first meeting.
Oh yes; by the way, I prefer to be called their, S.A.F.E.T.Y vs. their tutor. Tutor in my free spirit world makes me project the student as thinking, "I don't/can't just blend in anymore, all
eyes are on me!" (quivers) I don't want them to see me
as,"teacher" They certainly have enough of those in their lives already. I'm not a family member, nor a classmate. Nope. I'm none of the aforementioned. I, am their, S.A.F.E.T.Y. (School Assignments Finally Explained To You) & you alone. In your way of 'catching on'. Place me in any other category & they've already accessed me, made their decision, & sat
across from me at their imaginary table. It's, "the rule", the way it's supposed to be. Well, not in my world, not on my watch.
First off, I don't 'teach', I 'show', I 'explain', I use manipulatives so they can feel, hold, imagine with an actual reference point that physically & mentally mean something to them. This is why I love my career as a, "Motivational Educator". Another terminology I came up with to describe what I do. I have the luxury of time on my side. When the student & I first meet, I like to call it our "keep it real" session. This is where your child & I begin to build a trust. I listen to what is NOT said, just as much as I hear what is said. You'd be surprised at some points given to me in an unspoken word. My goal here is to EARN myself a chair right next to your child by invitation. Thereafter we have, SAFETY MEETS (3 times a week for two hours each session)
Next, I don't TEST. That's a four letter word & scary! I do, "Check-in's" to "check in" on where we are at. We PRAISE on all the right answers. Make no mention of the wrong answers. (Unless specifically asked). My job is to find another way to present this material again in a different format so next, "check in" those answers are correct. Ambiance, we don't need to be at the kitchen table. We can lay on the floor, chill on the couch, hang out at the park, eat fries at a fast food place, it makes no difference. I want your child in their personal fun, safe & most of all comfortable place; this is where they will be most receptive of that day's lesson.
So, there you have me. Well, at least some of me. You can find me on LinkedIn or Google for further information & background on me & my experience.. Spanish
is second nature to me, which is why I enjoy teaching it. I am first generation American. I've traveled extensively in South America & Mexico.
I teach ESL
, & TOEFL
in addition to Spanish at various levels from elementary to adult levels. At the High School levels 2&3 I teach right out of the Prentice Hall, Realidades Text Books. I also work with students needing help with reading
, elementary math
, as well as note taking, & organizational skills
. From TK-12th.
I do have special focus on working with dyslexic children & adult with ADD/ADHD
. I grew up dyslexic/ADHD myself so I understand first hand how the dyslexic brain works, where the disconnects are & why. I use a mesh method taking from the Barton along with the Orton-Gillingham systems to relate with my dyslexic students. It just take time & patience to work well with the dyslexic person, but they have a beautiful mind indeed!
Due to my extremely tight schedule and at times a wait list, I ask the curtesy of one week advance notice of any change in scheduling, to avoid a full class charge.
My hobby & other professions are -- Videography, writing Documentaries, & Film
I hope we have a chance to meet, & that I have the skills, you believe would be a good fit for your child & family. I enjoy hands on teaching vs. sitting at a desk just reading a manual. My manner of handing off knowledge, is real life education. Real circumstances. Real ready to use material.
Thanks for taking a peek at me & what I have to offer. I hope to hear from you soon!