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As a parent, I understand that we all want our children to be successful in their academic and personal endeavors. As a teacher, I understand that children have diverse experiences, needs, learning styles, and motivations. For the past twelve years, I have been a full-time parent and a full-time educator, with a passion for creating life long learners of students ages 3 to college-age. It is my desire to provide students with the requisite tools and skills essential to becoming motivated and successful learners in the 21st century.
Oftentimes, student success is a simply a function of assisting the student in finding meaning and relevance in the material to be learned. And sometimes, students may have a neurobiological challenge, such as dyslexia or auditory processing issues which have not been adequately addressed. And sometimes, a student's learning style is different than that of the instructor, thereby making it much more difficult for the student to comprehend information.
My parenting, teaching and tutoring experience, coupled with my Master's of Education degree in Brain-Based Teaching and Learning have provided me innumerable joyful opportunities to see the children in my life grow and prosper academically and personally. I am hopeful that I can assist you in providing that to your children as well.
I have home-educated my own four children for the past 14 years teaching grades pre-k to early admission college level. For the past three years I have been director/administrator and lead teacher at a small private school in West Broward, with students ranging from 3 to 16. In addition, I have a Master of Education degree in Brain-based teaching and learning which provides specific training and education in the science of learning, particularly as it is implemented in the k-12 population.
I have an earned Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. During this time in college, I developed a strong interest in Genetics and pursued a concentration in this subject. I am currently teaching a course in biology with an emphasis on genetics. Furthermore, I have continued my education in this arena by enrolling in, and participating in, a biology course heavily emphasizing genetics and cell biology.
I have a Master of Science in Education in Brain-based teaching and learning. This education, along with 14 years of teaching my own children in a homeschool environment, as well as full-time tutoring of other students with diverse learning styles, provides me with ample ability and experience to teach others to read.
Furthermore, I understand that teaching phonics is most effective for some students, but not for all. The ability to assess each student's needs, and determine the most beneficial method of reading instruction is even more important, in my opinion, than the strict ability to teach "phonics".
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