I am a seasoned, well-educated, multi-talented teacher. I have run my own tutoring business for the past two years.
My first career was as a Reference Librarian. My love of reading and desire to connect more closely with students led me to the classroom in 1998, after I attained a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. I taught fourth grade in an independent, non-profit school for fourteen years. During that time, I came to love teaching language arts above all other subjects, with an emphasis on creative writing. I have turned many reluctant writers into avid poets and short-story writers.
I also adore teaching math through the seventh grade. As a child, I was somewhat math-phobic. I wish I'd had access to the methods and playful techniques I now employ to help students strengthen their math skills and math confidence. A big part of math mastery is organization and planning, which I teach in an explicit, step-by-step process.
I am fluent in Spanish and have taught beginning Spanish as well as ESL, the latter to couples and small groups.
I have had considerable experience with differentiated teaching during my teaching and tutoring career. I have worked with students faced with the challenges of ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, and Aspergers Syndrome, as well as hard-of-hearing students. I take time to assess each child informally in order to tailor a combined approach that best meets his or her unique learning style.
I derive great joy from helping children attain confidence and mastery over their time, work, and learning. I would love to be a part of your child's positive educational experience.
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