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I am a credentialed teacher with ten years of experience. I have an M.A. in Teaching from USC (Multiple Subject/K-6) and a B.A. in Music, with a minor in Sociology, from Pomona College. I have taught individual and group violin lessons from age 3 to adults throughout L.A., and I have taught general music in the Lawndale School District and at YOLA (Youth Orchestra L.A.) at HOLA (Heart of LA youth center in the Rampart District). I student-taught in general elementary school classrooms (2nd and 5th grade), and have tutored students at YOLA.
No matter what the subject, my focus has always been on finding the unique strengths of each individual student, and building on those strengths to approach areas of struggle. I enjoy working with students with diverse learning styles and discovering the unique ways each student takes in and understands information. I firmly believe that everyone is smart in their own way, and I love to discover and appreciate each student's way of learning and thinking. I believe that we all construct our own knowledge through experience - we learn by doing, by experimenting, trying, and experiencing - and I encourage my students to try out and adjust their own strategies, instead of always expecting them to do it my way.
I am an artist, writer and musician (I led a folk band for 5 years). I am an avid public transit rider and often get around by bicycle. I enjoy gardening and I am passionate about building community.
I have a CA multiple subject (K-6) credential and M.A. in Teaching. I student taught in 2nd and 5th grade classrooms, and have experience working in elementary schools in LAUSD and the Lawndale school district.
I am a credentialed teacher and avid reader. As part of attaining my teaching credential, I learned a variety of strategies for helping students with both decoding (sounding out/recognizing written words) and reading comprehension, and passed the RICA (Reading Instruction Competence Assessment). As a part of my general teaching philosophy, I believe that we understand what we read best when we connect it to our own experiences and look at the bigger picture of why we are reading. I help students connect to this bigger picture and make reading a meaningful experience.
I have experience helping students prepare for the reading portion of the SAT. I help students improve their reading comprehension skills, as well as their familiarity with vocabulary and sentence structure. I help students increase their confidence in their reading abilities by building on their strengths, interests, and strategies that work well with their personal strengths and learning style.
With all of my students, regardless of the subject, I focus not only on the content they are learning, but on how they learn. Using methods I learned as a classroom teacher, I work with students to help them understand how they take in information best (verbally, visually or kinesthetically/"hands on"). I also work with students to develop effective and healthy study habits, such as finding the best location for them to work, having all necessary supplies ready, getting in the habit of doing a little bit of studying each day, and taking breaks to stretch, get a drink of water or otherwise make sure their body is in its best state for learning. Lastly, for students who are stressed or lack motivation, I set clear and achievable expectations for preparing for our next session, so my students can feel the confidence that comes from success and then gradually increase the challenge as their skills and self-confidence increase.
I have ten years of experience as a music teacher, including seven years during which I taught violin and viola to individuals and groups, age 3 to adult. I have taught violin at the Los Angeles Music and Art School and YOLA (Youth Orchestra L.A.) at HOLA (Heart of L.A. youth center), among other locations. My teaching method draws upon my training in the Orff approach to music and movement education, traditional violin pedagogy, my work in El Sistema-inspired programs, and a familiarity with the Suzuki method books, though I am not Suzuki-trained. I took private violin and viola lessons for 14 years, and I have played viola in local orchestras including the Marina del Rey-Westchester Symphony, and violin in the band I co-founded, including at the 2011 Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
I am a credentialed teacher and am experienced and comfortable with fiction and non-fiction writing. My favorite genre is creative non-fiction, in which I share personal stories with the intention to entertain, inspire and inform. I am comfortable, however, with all types of essays, as well as short fiction. I particularly enjoy helping others write personal statements, bios, and application essays: I enjoy the process of hearing you tell me about what you have done and what you want to do, then helping you craft that into a statement that reflects your unique self.
Knows Her Stuff — Claire did a great job helping me craft my personal statement for graduate school. I was surprised how productive she was just in one hour. ...
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