I have 8 years teaching experience, three years in 4th Grade and 5 years in 3rd Grade working in a General Education Classroom. During that time there were at least two, if not three years where I had at least one child with ADD or ADHD in the classroom. In those years I worked closely with the Special Education Teacher in our school on means and methods to best serve those students.
Over my many years of working with children in many different settings, I have developed many strategies for working with many different types of children, enabling me to work with children dealing with these conditions quite well. I am a very patient person as well, also allowing me to work well with students dealing with ADD and ADHD. Flexibility in my teaching profession has also allowed me to develop many ways of working with the variety of students that has come through my classroom door in years past.
I worked for about 8 months at a tutoring center in Port Orange, FL, with a girl diagnosed with Aspergers. The director of the center said that she had not seen this girl work as well with anyone, including herself as she did with me. I learned what worked and didn't work with her from trying techniques and adapting them as needed or moving on to new ones.
I have extensive knowledge of the Bible from many years of both group, as well as independent Bible study. I know tricks and tools to learn the books of the Bible in order and how to remember where certain passages are found.
I grew up in a house where both my brothers had Reading Disabilities. Seeing their journey led me to work toward a degree in Special Education. I have worked, quite successfully, with several students, both in my eight years of public school teaching, as well as in tutoring situations with students with reading disabilities.
I have a degree in Elementary Education, a North Carolina Teaching Certificate that lapsed in 2012 and a Letter of Eligibility from the State of Florida that is pending. I have eight years of Public School Classroom experience. Three in Fourth Grade and five in Third Grade. I am currently one project away from finishing an Endorsement (like a second Bachelor's) in Special Education and a Master's in General Education with a 4.0 average.
Hard Of Hearing
I have two years of classes in Sign Language, and another two classes in Sign Language that I have taught myself. I have a vocabulary of approximately 800 to 1000 words in the language. I am constantly working to improve both my expressive, as well as my receptive skills in the area. We have a deaf woman in our congregation that I work to use my language skill with each week as I see her.
I was taught to read using phonics and have worked two years in the Reading First program in North Carolina, which has a primarily Phonics based approach to teaching Reading. I have taken several workshops and been to several conferences on the Phonics approach to Reading.
I had a very good professor in college who did a very good job of over-viewing the various primary religions to his students in the class. Whatever material is unfamiliar to me can easily be looked up to make sure facts are correctly and clearly presented.
I was taught by a lady who, over time, worked to become a level 2 interpreter. She was very thorough, and because of that teaching I probably have a 1500 to 2000 or more vocabulary.
I have 3.5 years in a BS in Special Education program from Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN. I also have extensive experience Substituting for Special Needs Classrooms in Southeastern Volusia County (Florida) and am currently working to complete an Special Education Endorsement/General Education Master's program from Walden University, where I am currently carrying a 4.0 average.
My work ethic makes me a stickler for proper use of time to study any given subject area. I have learned, over the years, different means and methods of study that have been proven to be the most effective and use them in my practice working with children.