My teaching experience includes eleven years teaching public school language arts and English focusing on grammar and sentence construction. In particular, I think that work with high school-level vocabulary is helpful to students preparing to take the ACT. All these areas are the basics to good writing and effective sentence comprehension which the test measures.
My passion is teaching reading test-taking skills to students preparing for the ACT. I include question-identification strategies in my tutoring as well as solution strategies for different types of passages. All my students report satisfactory jumps in scores following our test-preparation work.
I have taught students with varying disabilities, including AD/HD for many years. As a public school teacher, of course, many of my students were diagnosed with AD/HD, and did well in my English classes. For the last 6 years in my tutoring role, I have provided assistance to many students with this disability. I find that my students with AD/HD respond well to me and perform well. During my 5 years with UCP I was able to help many young people graduate and find careers in spite of AD/HD and any other disabilities.
I hold a BS degree in Art Education from the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo, Colorado and have studied photography and ceramics at FAU in Boca Raton and Davie, Florida. In addition, I am a practicing photographer and have had shows locally. Currently some of my work is on display at Yoga and Inner Peace in Lake Worth, Florida.
I am a world traveler and have visited celebrated museums in Europe and the US including the Louve, Prado, Reina Sofia, and many in Florence and Rome. Frequently, I visit exhibits in New York at the Metropolitan, MOMA, Museum of Photography, Guggenheim, Whitney and others.
Aspergers, as is exists on the autism scale, is one of the disabilities I have encountered most frequently in my teaching experience. This experience includes regular public school classroom teaching plus five years' experience working for United Cerebral Palsy. During this time, I trained students with Aspergers for careers in the private sector and coached them with their academic subjects. Almost all my students with Aspergers syndrome completed their high school programs. In addition, I taught social skills to these kids in a summer camp environment that was sponsored by the Center for Independent Living in Palm Beach County. I believe that students with Aspergers can achieve personal and academic success like any other student.
My background, in addition to teaching in public schools in Broward County until retirement, includes working for five years following that for United Cerebral Palsy. During this time, I trained students with varying degrees of autism for careers in the private sector and coached them with their academic subjects. All my autistic students who participated in this program completed high school. In addition, I taught social skills in a summer camp sponsored by the Center for Independent Living in Palm Beach County. This program served students with autism as well.
I have worked for the Transitions program at United Cerebral Palsy for the past 4 1/2 years. The program prepares young people with disabilities who are aged 16-22 for employment following graduation. I have also worked as a job coach with summer interns participating in this program training them in appropriate skills.
To help young people prepare for employment, I have taught them job search, application, interview, and resume-writing skills. I have also assessed students and directed them toward appropriate positions in view of their disabilities/skill levels.
I have a degree in secondary art education from the University of Colorado. I have taught drawing/sketching for many years in public school, for recreation departments, summer camps, and privately. I have sketched volunteers at festivals for fun. I would be happy to work with any students to help them improve their drawing skills.
I have taught many students in an after school program run by United Cerebral Palsy of Broward County and funded by Children's Services Council for 5 years. Any of these students were diagnosed with dyslexia as well as other disabilities. My students with that diagnosis have achieved considerable reading success and made academic progress.
For the past 6 years since I retired from public school, I have taught children of all ages. My certification is current and includes the sixth grade which is considered middle or secondary school. I enjoy working with young people of all ages and have helped them not only with subject matter but also with study skills and time management. I am familiar with all subject areas as well.
For the past 10 years I have been certified by the State of Florida and have taught English language and concepts to students whose first language is other than English. In teaching ESOL or ESL, my students have been both mainstreamed in regular classrooms and one-on-one with me in tutoring situations. My students are from various cultures and have different proficiencies, but all have learned English vocabulary and usage in order to reach their academic and professional goals.
I have taught SAT reading test preparation skills for eight years, since retirement from public schools. My experience includes teaching SAT verbal skills in classroom settings and one-on-one. My approach varies according to the personalities and needs of individual students, but I offer examples of a variety of effective strategies used to increase scores considerably.
I have taught SAT writing skills for eight years and my students report significant increases in their scores. I introduce all the grammar rules that the SAT will test and prepare students to answer questions relating to each focusing on any areas of weakness. In addition, I help students prepare an essay from the prompt to planning to finished draft, and prepare a detailed critique as many times as needed.
My background, in addition to teaching in public schools in Broward County until retirement, includes working for five years following that for United Cerebral Palsy. During this time, I trained students with varying disabilities for careers in the private section, and coached them with their academic subjects. Almost all my students completed their high school programs. In addition, I taught social skills in a summer camp sponsored by the Center for Independent Living in Palm Beach County. This program served students with varying disabilities as well.
Good study skills and habits are important to academic success. My students have various goals--from improved grades to higher level test preparation. Having appropriate materials and an adequate time frame is not sufficient to successful study. I teach time and materials management and retention strategies as well as overall task concepts in order to give students control of the information they need to control.