I consider myself be an agent for change in student growth and development. Enhancing the academic growth and development of students is my major goal, through smart work, dedication, and discipline.
My professional career began as a first grade teacher. Educating students in a self-contained setting and preparing them for the next grade level was my first professional objective. In doing so, I became "Teacher of the Year" my first year as an educator.
My strengths in my first year were: my ability to maintain an organized learning environment, ability to adapt to the various needs of diverse students and move them forward academically. I provided students many opportunities to be successful.
I have several years of experience as a master teacher, preparing new educators for classroom readiness. This duty involved modeling lessons, helping educators create effective lesson plans, and giving tips to educators of how to relate to students despite their academic need.
For the last 7 years, I have gained experience as a lead administrator in a public education setting, serving students in grades 5-12. Being in that setting, I have constructed curriculum for middle school and high school students. I have taught classes ranging from high school English, to Algebra, to African Studies, to Health, etc. In my latter years in this position, I helped to create college readiness exam classes such as SAT Reading Prep as well as SAT Math Prep.
Having an undergraduate background in Health and Physical Ed., I have always infused the importance of mental/physical health in the school curriculum, or my class lessons. Making sure students comprehend the relationship between blood circulation and the brain and productive functioning are just as important as everything else we want children to learn.
My tutoring methods are first connecting student interests with the academic deficiency, or skills needing improvement. Showing children the relationship between what they like and what they need to know is the easiest way to infuse an academic concept in their mind. Once that is established, we have to create an organized regiment the child can learn and use long after our sessions are over. We create a foundation for learning that can be used for years so come in various topics. Once that's established we must be consistent in our efforts.
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