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Hello, I'm Sarah. I am a well-rounded person with many interests and hobbies, I am creative and a great supporter of whatever fascination floats your learner's boat. I believe every interest can be a vehicle for learning. In my twenty years as a trainer, teacher, and tutor, I have worked with a broad range of kids (and adults too!) I have taught both General and Special Education. As a paraeducator, speech and language assistant, substitute, and classroom teacher (in both public and specialty schools, and even a home-school co-op), I have taught all grades, K-12. I have also trained and tutored adults. My specialty is learners who think outside the box. My job is to find the inherent intelligence in every learner, and help bring it out, turning every session into an adventure.
I am firm, fair, and fun. I am patient and have a good sense of humor. I'm not into power struggles. I will work with you and your learner to make the most of his or her educational experience. I will do my best to engage your learner in the subject at hand, or at least to get through it with stubborn determination. In a fight with school work, I am on the learner's side. I believe in the power of encouragement.
I prefer to work one on one, but I can also work with pairs of siblings or study partners.
I am well-versed in all Elementary/Middle (K-8) subjects, and can manage higher level English-related subjects (literature, language arts, grammar, writing in any form, test prep) and liberal arts (philosophy, religion, psychology, etc.) I am happy to help in any way I can, but higher level maths and sciences are probably best left to the experts.
I would love to hear from you and learn how I can help your family by tutoring your child, teen, young adult, or you!
I have a Master's Degree in Teaching (Elementary and Drama) and an endorsement in Special Education. I have spent over 5 years working in a Behavioral Health environment with children with emotional and behavioral disorders, including moderate to severe ADD/ADHD. understand the intricacies of ADD/ADHD, and the many ways it can manifest itself. I have learned many strategies in dealing with attention issues, and I also have a lot of patience and good skills in redirection. I can often divert a tangent back around to the subject at hand, while turning the entire side trip into a learning experience. I also believe that most subjects can be learned in ways that capture the learner's attention and put it to work for them.
I received my teaching certificate in 1992 after earning my Master's in Education from the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, Washington.) In the past, I have tutored adults in GED prep and ESL. I recently took the CBEST and passed all sections (Reading, Writing, and Math) on the first attempt. I have also passed other standardized tests, such as the Praxis) with very high scores. Using study guides, practice tests, and personalized instruction, I am confident in my ability to coach other learners on the skills necessary to pass the exam.
I have a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree from the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma Washington), with endorsements in Elementary Education (K-8) and Drama (4-12.) I also hold an endorsement in Special Education (K-12) from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. I have over 13 years of classroom teaching experience in both general and special education. I have been licensed in both Washington and Oregon, and I am working on obtaining my California Teaching License (I currently hold an Emergency Substitute Permit.)
I have worked with learners of all ability levels, from "gifted" kids to those with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, and I also have experience with learners with a wide array of emotional and behavioral challenges. I have taught pretty much every elementary subject, and am comfortable with nearly any subject, the exceptions being higher level maths and sciences and foreign language.
A native English speaker, I majored in Communications and Theatre Arts in my undergraduate degree program at the University of Puget Sound. I am a certified teacher (M.A.T, University of Puget Sound), and Language Arts/English is my area of greatest strength. I have worked as a professional free-lance writer, journalist, and editor, and have had my works published on several platforms. I love to write, perform, and explore language, and to share my appreciation of words with others.
I have not only been a teacher, tutor, and professional writer for over 20 years, but I have worked as a freelance editor, as well. I am well versed in the use of proper grammar, and would love to help you use it properly as well.
I am a teacher by education and vocation. I have a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. I have extensive training in teaching reading, including phonics. I taught full-day Kindergarten for two years, and I also taught remedial reading for struggling learners for 5+ years. I have also worked as a Speech and Language Pathology assistant, with a concentration on language building skills, including phonics.
As a former actor, teacher, trainer and more, I am well-versed in public speaking. I can help with elocution, speech writing, memorization, body language/eye contact, and style of presentation. I believe that practice makes perfect. I also can provide exercises to reduce nerves and boost confidence.
I have a Masters Degree in Teaching (K-12) from the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma Washington.) I was raised Catholic and attended Catholic school for 12 years. I studied scripture, theology and comparative religions in high school and beyond. In college I took a number of Philosophy and Religion courses (focusing primarily on eastern religions), and taught a course in comparative religion in a (non-denominational) homeschool co-op in Seattle, Washington. I have studied a wide array of world religions in depth, and continue to do so, because I enjoy it.
I have worked with children with special needs, including children with a wide variety of speech and language, emotional/behavioral, attention deficit and autism spectrum disorders. I have worked with hearing impaired children, and to a limited extent, children with physical disabilities. I am patient and willing to take the time to learn what the learner requires and work from there. I have experience with adaptive technology, and will incorporate it where needed and available.
I have an endorsement in Special Education (K-12) from The Evergreen State College, Washington State.
I have taught study skills to children ages K-12, and I also utilize them myself. Organization, breaking things down into manageable chunks, pre-reading and rereading, selecting pertinent information and taking good notes are all important aspects of study skills. Also vitally important is the ability to research and look up important information, both on and off-line. I am a strong believer that people can teach themselves nearly anything, and can find any information they need, if only they know how and where to look.
I started acting in grade school. After being in several plays in high school, I majored in Communications and Theatre Arts as an undergrad at the University of Puget Sound. I acted in and directed several plays during that time, and was co-president of the Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Fraternity. I continued to act occasionally post college. I taught Middle School Drama (including acting, playwriting, and Drama Club) for two years, and also taught at a local children's theatre. I worked for four years as a theatre critic for a local newspaper; local actors actually read my column, and told me they liked doing so, because I "get it."
My Masters' Thesis (Elementary Education) was in incorporating creative writing (specifically poetry) across the curriculum. In addition to my work as a teacher, I have worked professionally as a freelance writer and editor. I have taught writing to young people grades K-12, and it's something I enjoy greatly.
I am a personal practitioner of yoga. I am not expert level, but I do use it for relaxation and exercise, and I have taught the basics to children with ADHD and behavioral health issues to calm and center them in times of stress. I can share my knowledge with learners so that they have some basic knowledge of stress-relieving techniques.
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