With over 12 years classroom teaching experience (grades 1/2, 4/5, creative writing, art and British Literature for grades 9-12), I have a vast array of teaching skills to offer.
I believe that each child learns differently and my students always participated in student-parent-teacher conferences with personal assessments and goals. With active engagement in the process from beginning to end, students participate in the responsibility for their learning. I have offered a variety of teaching methods to target the particular learning style of the students. Students engaged in hands-on activities, as well as written practice, including cross curriculum learning, to demonstrate mastery of skills. These were translated into tests with a variety of testing assessments to ensure mastery on state achievement tests and in order to meet the state curriculum standards.
While my certification is for grades 4-9, I have taught a variety of people with various challenges from ages 4-100. Because of this wide range of teaching opportunities, I offer a high standard with compassion and patience and a dedication for commitment to the person's success in education.
My philosophy is that learning is fun and full of discovery, exploration and celebration. It is also an avenue to pursue excellence in personal achievement. Excellence in achievement has been important in my own education and in my personal life. I have been fortunate to learn from people who are world class leaders in their field of interest: NC Teacher Academy; NC Shakespeare Festival; Toshio Ohi, 11th generation potter from Japan; Albertja Koopman, NYC designer, Hoby Ford, student of Jim Henson; Artist, James Turrell and NHK TV, Japan; Marin Alsop, conductor. I write for a blog as well as the labyrinth society and the British Tapestry Group, and continue to have my tapestry weaving published. Because my own standards of excellence are maintained, I am able to offer students a vision for their own excellence and potential achievements.
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