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I have been a special educator and consultant for over 16 years. My background includes successful work with students with autism, developmental disabilities, and behavioral/mental illness challenges. In the course of my teaching, I have developed reading, writing, social skills, and math programs which have proactively addressed individual and small group goals. Students I have taught range in age from 3 to 60!
One program I developed in the early nineties for persons (adolescent to retirement) with developmental disabilities and behavioral or mental illness challenges received national attention because it positively worked. This work also culminated into assistant professorship status at UCD for the Co-Top program for para-educator training.
While I have many years of happy memories as a public school teacher, the most rewarding work has always been with the student and his or her family. I received my B.A. from Tarkio College, Tarkio, Missouri in 1976, majoring in Psychology, Special Education, and Elementary Education. Since that time, students and their families have taught me so much as well, and inspired me to learn as much as possible. My M.A. was earned in Special Education (Secondary Transition Issues) in 1993.
I am also an author of children's books, and am credited as an editor of manuals for teachers published through Hawthorne Educational Services. Virtually all of my published writing has focused on proactive and non-punitive ways of managing challenges, including bullying. You are welcome to type in my writing name, Becky Ray McCain, for reviews of some of my work. Because I write, I also teach writing, and have helped creative 4th & 5th graders establish some very cool after school writers' clubs to further hone their talents.
The philosophy underlying all of my teaching is twofold. First, every student has gifts, and is important. Right up there by first, every family member is important, so we work as a team. I do vary rates as much as possible because you have enough on your plates in this current economy. I do look forward to hearing from you!
As a writer, a teacher, and mother of three, I am familiar with most of the inventories and assessment used to evaluate students (including CSAP), which are used in elementary schools. While my teaching certificate is in special education, I do have B.A. majors in Elementary Education and Psychology, and years of experience working with students who may never qualify for or need special education, but do need tailored intervention and tutoring to succeed in and enjoy learning.
Additionally, with 3 gifted children of my own and a personal history of being labeled as such, I have, through the requests of teachers and parents alike, worked very successfully with gifted underachievers as well as children who are labeled gifted but have accompanying issues from mental health diagnosis and from Asperger's Syndrome. I look forward to helping you!
I have three years of work directly with adult students who are learning English as a Second Language. Because I primarily have worked with adults, the ESL tutoring services I offer are focused on issues adults face using English well enough to function in every day life, using English competently enough to attain and maintain employment, and assisting and editing writing for undergraduate and post graduate papers according to APA standards.
I currently have Colorado teacher's certification to teach students who have developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, and emotional or behavioral challenges from Kindergarten through graduation. I have over 15 years of experience teaching as a special educator, and have also worked as an educational consultant as well. My experience includes individual and group program designs, and these have produced very positive results.
All of my work is with the student and family as a team. Every student has special gifts, and needs that chance to shine!
Success! — We are so pleased with Becky. She has picked up on the weak areas and works hard to make sure the lessons address the problems she sees. She makes sure we receive a summary of each lesson and the progress that has been made. She also makes sure my granddaughter sees what progress she is making, which is so important because her confidence is down because of her struggles in school. My granddaughte ...
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