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I have taught English and reading in Texas public schools at every grade level, twelfth grade down through kindergarten, beginning in 1971. I have a B.A. in English and history with a minor in education and an M.Ed. in reading with a minor in curriculum. I became a Reading Specialist when I realized that many high school students were struggling due to lack of reading skills which affected their success in many areas. I have also worked with many students individually and assisted a number of home schooling families. Every student has a unique set of abilities and challenges. Since not everyone learns the same way, I see the key to academic success in determining each person's most effective methods of learning.
I have taught reading, writing and computer skills in public elementary schools since 1986, tutored math students, and mentored elementary teachers. Early literacy and remediation in reading are of particular concern to me. I taught home school for my grandchildren and friends' children for eight years and assisted with a variety of subjects in other home schools ever since. I also taught social studies online beginning at third grade. Establishing a sound academic foundation promotes further success in later years and fosters a lifetime of learning.
I am certified as a Reading Specialist and have worked in this field for 25 years. Phonics is a critical element of decoding unfamiliar words whether for new or experienced readers. Differing approaches to this skill have been developed in numerous programs, but the key is to help the struggling reader truly understand what he or she is reading, not merely to acquire the ability to sound out the words. The content of the text must be integrated into the process or the sounding out is meaningless to him or her. Young readers can be overwhelmed by the number of phonics rules that some programs require to be memorized, but most can be grouped into a few manageable concepts. When those are mastered, reading generally becomes a joy rather than a chore.
Every person has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses, but struggling students usually focus more on their weaknesses. Learning some strategies for studying can help them to organize and recall the concepts they are studying much more effectively. Learning how one learns best is a skill that will reap benefits for a lifetime. I have worked with hundreds of students individually to develop their study skills.
Do not hesitate in hiring the services of this caring and professional tutor — By way of background, I am a law professor and I know how important it is to understand the fundamentals of a particular subject. I attempted to tutor my daughter in English but quickly realized how much I had forgotten. We hired Kathleen to help prepare my daughter for her freshman year English course. We knew our daughter needed to increase her fundamental understanding of grammar and, hopeful ...
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