I am a talented educator with 25 years experience teaching K-7 students in public schools, with 12 of those years teaching Special Needs children grades K-5. I have a Multiple Subject Clear Credential and a Mild & Moderate Disabilities Education Specialist Credential. I have taught grades 1, 2, 5, and 7th grade Math. I currently teach K-5 Special Needs children in Vallejo as well as giving private tutoring. In addition to instructing children, I gave workshops for educators on instructional strategies and positive classroom management for 12 years at Sonoma State University, Sonoma County Office Of Education,and schools throughout Northern California.
I am an excellent reading instructor, and can teach almost any student to become a proficient reader. I have taught numerous children how to read or improve, from phonics through reading comprehension. I have extensive experience teaching reading and language arts to students with dyslexia or learning disabilities. I can help students with learning writing from phonetic spelling to persuasive essays.
I love teaching math as much as I do teaching reading! I know how to re-teach missing skills, break problems into manageable parts, and show easy ways to add, subtract, multiply or divide without memorization. I have successfully taught Re-grouping, Fractions, Decimals, Percents, Long Division, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Word Problems. My students love math, and excel in it.
In regards to Special Needs students, I daily teach students with ADHD, learning disabilities, language processing difficulties, emotionally disturbance, and children on the Autism Spectrum. Most students find me patient, sensitive, caring, and fun! I help all students experience success and build their self-confidence as learners. Many a child has turned around their self-esteem as a result of mastering previously challenging skills.
I teach because I love children, and thoroughly enjoy helping them be ever more successful in school. My students' grades improve, and their test scores improve; frequently dramatically so. I have great rapport with kids, and motivate them to try their best and work hard. I get the most out of children, as I can tell when they are getting fatigued or frustrated, and switch my approach or the activity. I give them tons of encouragement and recognition; we celebrate success with each other and with parents. I thoroughly believe a child can achieve because I have seen child after child break through. I have helped students who were getting D's and F's get A's, and raised test scores from Below Basic to Proficient or Advanced. This happens because we're in it together, and the journey is fun!
Tutoring sessions are customized to the needs of the child/wishes of the parent. I informally assess all students, and can administer standardized academic tests if desired. I can assist with homework of any kind, and always come prepared to teach needed skills. I tailor lessons to the level that students are challenged but successful, and focus on areas that need development. I have access to the best curriculum I have found through years of trial and experience. Learning games are frequently employed for skill practice. I am always on the lookout to improve my methods and broaden my repertoire of teaching strategies. I try to motivate my students to do extra practice beyond the tutoring session or their Homework. I care passionately about the success of each child and have faith in their ability to learn. I come to work excited each day.
I love parents nearly as much as children. I always provide tips and materials for parents to work with their child if they're inclined, or take away the Homework Hassles that sometimes come with parenting.
I encourage you in your desire to help your child be happier and more successful. If you give me a try, I think you will be very pleased!
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