My name is Mary and I am a certificated teacher who has a master's in education. I have been teaching for 35 years and have been tutoring for 25 years. I have taught all grade levels, but have taught K-6 specifically in the LAUSD school system. I have been a resource specialist teacher and have worked for the past 22 years with students with learning disabilities. I have also worked with the gifted program in many of my schools and have taught a gifted program. I have worked with students with severe emotional problems and with autistic student. So, as you can see, I have worked with a wide range of students.
I am dedicated to fostering a desire to learn in each of my students. I believe each child has a special talent that makes him or her unique from everyone else. These special talents make us who we are and can help us learn and grow as individuals. I believe in creativity when teaching. Each student is unique in his or her learning styles and needs individualized lessons to help them access the curriculum. I also believe learning can be fun and incorporate play, games, and challenges in my teaching.
I begin by taking students where they are and slowly reinforce their abilities. At the same time, I begin to increase the skill levels so that mastery comes smoothly and automatically. Learning can be challenging and difficult at times, but so can learning to ride a bike or how to swim. With encouragement, patience and practice all students can achieve their goals and learn to be independent learners.
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