Dear Parents and Future Students:
I know that struggling in school is not an easy thing to face as well as feeling less than smart. I am a mother of fraternal twins that suffered with these same struggles and still face which is why I went back to college to get a degree as a teacher. My children have A.D.D. and also struggle with processing information. Because of these issues they faced ridicule from their teachers and classmates. I have a psychology background as well as spending 11 years in the health field working 6 of those years with Alzheimer patients understanding how the brain functions.
While taking all my past experiences and those struggles of my children I have shaped creative yet effective strategies to give children the power to comprehend subject matter and increase their academic successes. Each child is different and their learning styles need to be fine-tuned to their needs. I work with each student to help them find what works best for their learning successes.
Recently I worked with 9 children struggling and considered below level learners and in less than a 6 month period all of my students increased their learning and comprehension 45-90% from their initial pre-test exam. I also work with parents to give their children the support and knowledge needed to be academically successful. If a parent doesn't have the knowledge to help their kids they end up watching their children hurt in silence. This is another reason I went back to school to gain that knowledge to be a well-informed parent who would intercede for her own children. It is hard enough when you don't know how to do a simple problem in math and/or reading and understanding words in a sentence.
Here are some of my Awards I have achieved before and during the time I went back to school to become a teacher:
* I was one of 12 finalists to win the Military Spouse Essay Award in 2008,
* I was 1 of 31 minorities from across the nation to be accepted into NASA's Pre-service Teacher Institute 2008, where I learned so much to creatively teach science, math and the use technology in the classroom,
* I also was awarded the Successful Latina Scholar Award while at USF for being an exemplary Latin female role model in education.
* When I was working in the health field at Bayada Nurses I was chosen 1 out of 1000 people for the Forget Me Not Award for my professional, caring, hard work with patients and their families.
I am a passionate, caring, creative, thoughtful, resourceful, professional teacher who loves to have students achieve and change their feelings about school and learning. My greatest achievements have always been my own children who are now juniors in high school. They had teachers who went out of their way to tell me they were "retarded and not capable”! I proved them wrong because I have taught my children to be successful.
My advice to all students:
"The power is yours to succeed or fail; parents, teachers and other students can't dictate to you how you will do, only you can tell yourself if you will ACHIEVE or FAIL and Failure is NOT an OPTION!"
Here are some of the comments some of my former students and Supervising Teachers thoughts of my hard work while interning in local schools:
“Thank you so much for helping me improve my grades.”
Bailee, Learning Disabled
“Developed activities to challenge all students. Engaging problem-solving activities.”
Ms. N., 5th Grade Supervising Teacher
“You helped Juby (ESOL Level 1 from Haiti) so much.”
Ali, ESOL Level 2 from Jordan
“Very detailed and well-thought out lesson plan.”
Ms. D. Idoyaga USF Supervising Professor
“You made me ten times smarter. Now I’m a genius.”
Andrew, Learning Disabled
If you want to change your life with a positive, caring, passionate teacher then please consider my talents and experiences to give you that first step to success!
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