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Arlene C.

21st Century Educator

West Palm Beach, FL (33409)

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As a “Highly Qualified Teacher” under the No Child Left Behind Law and an 8-time award winning professional with 40 years of teaching and tutoring experience, I have seen many students come through the door of my classroom. It has been my experience that each and every one of them has had the desire to learn. Maybe the topics they wanted and needed to discuss were not necessarily the subject matter of a Social Studies, Religion or English curriculum, but they certainly were always pertinent to their lives. With this in mind, I have had the opportunity to use the curriculum to teach my students what they want and need to know: how to succeed in this highly technological, highly competitive world.


My knowledge of the skills needed for a successful educational experience are particularly helpful in preparing students to lay the foundations necessary for achieving their academic goals. I set high, rigorous standards and help all students in the class to reach these expectations. I have been particularly gratified by student success based upon the New York, Florida, and Common Core Standards. Most of my students have achieved high scores on standardized tests such as the IOWA, CTBS, ERB,Stanford Achievement, and Woodcock-Johnson tests. In addition, my students have scored well on the New York State Regents and national Advanced Placement exams.

My teaching style incorporates Marzano’s Taxonomy and Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, while my style of disciple incorporates techniques from Wong’s clearly defined expectations, Skinner’s Behavioral Modification, and Johnson’s Group Process Approach. I have been particularly successful in integrating cooperative learning, literature circles, portfolios, and alternative assessment to motivate reluctant learners. The numerous strategies used in my classroom have been proven effective through scientifically-based research.

I have also had experience with students with special needs (both learning-challenged and intellectually gifted). I have worked with them individually, in small groups and in the full class through inclusion and pullout programs. In addition, I have established programs in the areas of ESL and ESOL.

I have incorporated technology into the classroom, using Internet Access for class assignments and research. I have helped students to organize their research material into graphic organizers using Excel and Word as well as prepare projects using Pages/Microsoft Publisher, Key Note/Power Point and iMovie. The use of iPads/tablets, iPhones, Kindle and Nook have helped students to access more information than ever thought possible within the clasroom walls. Recently, I have also incorporated smart board/panaboard and document camera technology into my teaching techniques.

Finally, I have worked in the MYP/IB program. This methodology of holistic learning afforded me the opportunity to work with other team members to create cross-curricular units that help the students become aware of the connections between the subject content and the real world rather than studying isolated, unrelated subjects. My teaching was directed toward the enhancement of basic skills while developing self-awareness and personal values. In essence, I have led my students down a challenging path toward knowledge and a broader understanding of the complex global issues of the 21st century.

With this goal in mind, I have each year changed my techniques and strategies to meet the needs of the young people in my care. To be able to meet their needs, including severe reading and writing deficiencies, each year I have attended workshops and seminars to improve my teaching skills. As well, each summer I have taken additional courses to stay current in new trends in the fields of education and technology. I believe that a teacher must continue to be a student, learning right along side the young people he/she hopes to bring into the next generation of leadership.

Seeing each child as special and unique offers me the challenge of being creative as I try to open not only a small window, but also all the doors, which lead to the excitement of gaining the knowledge and self-awareness of being an integral part of the global experience.

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Arlene’s subjects

ACT English

As Chair of English, Director of College Preparation and Director of Curriculum Development, I have successfully prepared numerous students for ACT Exams.

ACT Reading

As Chair of English, Director of College Preparation and Director of Curriculum Development, I have successfully prepared numerous students for ACT Reading Exam. I have conducted individualized and small group sessions using original material designed to meet the needs of the particular students attending each session. I move away from the Barron's and Peterson's Workbooks. Instead, I give a diagnostic test and work on the skills specific to the student's needs.

ADD/ADHD

I teach English in a school for special needs children including ADD/ADHD and face the challenge each day of creating the proper environment for learning to take place. To help these children feel comfortable with their own specific learning style, I have devised individual academic and behavioral plans, which include opportunities to move around the room, listen to calming music while working, and vary tasks which are short in duration. I would like the opportunity to use these techniques to help your child on the road to success and find that learning can be fun.

American History

With a Master's Degree in American History, I have taught the subject in both New York and Florida. My students have achieved success on Advanced Placement and New York Regents exams.

Art History

With a background in Humanities, I have taught Art History at the University of Phoenix ground campus in Palm Beach Gardens. My techniques are hands-on/visual through virtual tours of museums and PowerPoint presentations coordinating the biographical, historical and philosophical context for the art being studied.

Aspergers

One of the most frustrating experiences for a bright child is to not be able to tell others about everything that excites him/her. Such is the world of the child with Aspergers. As a teacher of students with Aspergers, I have found that giving them various means by which to display their knowledge has helped them tremendously. The use of alternative assessment has helped my students to communicate through art, music, drama, and engineering. As a result, rather than seeing their education as a time of dread and anxiety, the children find their learning styles and in turn experience success. I would like the opportunity to help your child on this road and find that learning can be fun.

Autism

I teach English in a school for special needs children and face the challenge each day of creating the proper environment for learning to take place. A number of my students have Autism, so I have created an academic world in which suceess is attainable. Some of the techniques I use in this small class include the following: giving very short, specific, sequential directions; using concrete language; giving few choices; bringing the student back on task with a gentle verbal nudge; giving closed rather than open-ended choices;repeating instructions; providing a clear atructure of expectations and consequences; addressing the student individually to be sure understanding has taken place; using computer-based learning for reinforcement; providing a link to the student's particular interests; and using positive reinforecment. I would like to have the opportunity to use these techniques to help your child on the road to success and find that learning can be fun.

Bible Studies

As a college professor with a Master's of Divinity, I welcome the opportunity to work individually in the area of Biblical Studies. I have taught survey courses in Old and New Testament studies as well as specialized courses including: Prophets, Women in the Bible, and Creeds. During my time as a Director of Christian Education in several small churches, I led Bible study groups on both teen and adult levels. My work with various Christian denominations and the Jewish community has afforded me the opportunity to become aware of various interpreations of Biblical passages. Sharing this Biblical knowledge through a tutoring experience will be an exciting continuation of my ministry.

COOP/HSPT

As a high school teacher and college placement director, I was responsible for seeing that my students were prepared for the Catholic and Specialized High School exams. I organized study groups after school in addition to supervising classroom practice. I am pleased to say that most of my students were accepted by their first choice school.

Dyslexia

Throughout my 40 years as an educator, I have taught many children with dyslexia. In order to help these reluctant readers overcome their stress and frustration, I have used a multisensory approach with an emphasis on phonics and spelling. I teach my students to use note cards, and color coded overlays and strips to help them focus on the printed word. To enhance their ability to complete assignments, I repeat directions and speak slowly, not rushing through lectures and allow plenty of time to copy notes from the board. I supplement the notes they take with an outline/copy of board notes and powerpoints so that they do not become overwhelmed. I also teach them highlighting and other study and organizational skills that help them to complete tasks. By granting extended time and reducing the work load, I have found that my students have become enthusiastic readers. The key to my success has been one-on-one attention and praise so that my students no longer feel stressed and frustrated but rather feel self-confident.

Elementary (K-6th)

As a teacher with 2 masters degrees and 25 years experience teaching on the elementary level, I enjoy working one-on-one with students in need of extra help. Over the years, I have developed individualized plans in reading, writing, math, language arts, science, and social studies. For students who need support in any or all of these areas, I have created cross-curricular plans that incorporate all necessary skills while honing understanding of specific concepts.
In this way, students find learning is not only informative but fun as well.

Elementary Math

I have taught math grades 1-8 with success especially with reluctant learners. Teaching simple tricks have turned math "haters" into math "likers" sometimes "lovers."

Elementary Science

A love for science must begin young. Through hands-on applications including home-experiments/labs, I have brought youngsters to into a new world of infinite possibilities.

English

I have been teaching and tutoring English for 40 years. As a High School English Department Chair and Director of Curriculum Development, I have been responsible for updating textbooks and techniques to be used by my staff. I have written the course outlines for electives including: Shakespearean Theater, Film, Public Speaking, Debate, Journalism, Drama, Feminist Literature, and Ethnic Writers. In addition, I have publication of teacher guides for various works of literature pending. As teacher and tutor, I have specialized in improving writing skills through reading and vocabulary development.

European History

With a master's degree in history, I set out 40 years ago to be a high school history teacher. The journey led me to several positions teaching world history culminating in a position teaching Western Civilization and Philosophy at South University. I would like to journey through historical times once again.

GED

As Chair of English, Director of College Preparation and Director of Curriculum Development, I have successfully prepared numerous students for GED Exam. I have conducted individualized and small group sessions using original material designed to meet the needs of the particular students attending each session. I move away from the Barron's and Peterson's Workbooks. Instead, I give a diagnostic test and work on the skills specific to the student's needs.

Grammar

I absolutely love teaching grammar. If one understands the function of words in a sentence, one is able to write more clearly and concisely. I make grammar into a game, a puzzle to solve, so that it does not seem boring and arduous.

GRE

As Chair of English, Director of College Preparation and Director of Curriculum Development, I have successfully prepared numerous students for GRE Exam. I have conducted individualized and small group sessions using original material designed to meet the needs of the particular students attending each session. I move away from the Barron's and Peterson's Workbooks. Instead, I give a diagnostic test and work on the skills specific to the student's needs.

Literature

As a department chair and director of curriculum development, I have been responsible for updating material, techniques, and standards in several schools in New York and Florida. Having written syllabi for electives including: Shakespearean Theater, Film, Public Speaking, Debate, Journalism, Drama, Feminist Literature, and Ethnic Writers opened many venues for leaning both in the classroom and the home.

Phonics

The key to good reading, writing and spelling is a comprehensive knowledge of phonics. However, sometimes children find it difficult to remember the letter combinations that unlock words. As a result, they become frustrated and, like a house of cards, their skills collapse. I make learning phonics a fun experience. Puzzles, games and songs help my students to use repetition to incorporate phonics into their basic skills and in turn perform to their potential in all subject areas.

Praxis

After 4 years of college, including teacher preparation courses and an internship, teaching candidates face the challenge of state and national certification tests. As an educator with 40 years experience, 2 masters degrees and certification in 4 teaching areas in 2 states, I would be a good resource for anyone preparing to take the Praxis. Having taken the Praxis myself, I am able to share the tricks that I used to prepare for the test to help new candidates pass the first round with a high score.

Proofreading

An an Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Phoenix, and teacher of English and Director of Curriculum Development at Atlantis Academy, I have experience helping students to refine their writing and proofreading skills. Whether a beginning writer or a veteran, my students find the skills learned to be useful in required writing whether in high school, college or business. Even elementary and middle school students find that learning to write properly is one of the vital keys to success.

PSAT

As Chair of English, Director of College Preparation and Director of Curriculum Development, I have successfully prepared numerous students for PSAT Exam. I have conducted individualized and small group sessions using original material designed to meet the needs of the particular students attending each session. I move away from the Barron's and Peterson's Workbooks. Instead, I give a diagnostic test and work on the skills specific to the student's needs.

Public Speaking

Public speaking is an important skill for people to have whether a student or a member of the business world. The ability to speak in small groups or deliver presentations depends on certain skills and techniques that should be used to keep the audience interested. I have taught public speaking courses and incorporated public speaking into English and history courses that I have taught over the years. Particularly rewarding was preparing winning competitors in school, district and state contests. In addition, I have served as a judge in various public speaking competitions. Whether for 5 or 500 people, I am sure that I can help you prepare a resounding presentation.

Reading

Reading is the window that opens many doors to learning. By reviewing basic reading skills and learning to incorporate them into the context of stories and larger works of literature, competency will soar. In turn, all content area reading will become easier as these skills are improved. A whole new world will be opened to a more enthusiastic reader.

Regents

For 33 years I taught history and English regents and AP courses. By using Regents and AP type questions on chapter tests and including DBQs with each unit, I have prepared my students to enter their exams with a feeling of confidence. Prior to the exam, I set up classes by topic in which the students reviewed and practiced. For those students who desired additional teacher-directed study time, I organized after school workshops. As a result, they were well prepared and faced no surprises on the exams. All students, including those who took the grade 3, 5 and 8 exams, passed with high scores. For that reason, I was asked to teach a summer class in another community school. There too students achieved success.

Religion

After receiving my Master's of Divinity, I began to work as a Youth Minister and Director of Christian Education. Not only was I involved in parish life, but I was responsible for writing a curriculum and ordering materials for classes from cradle to grave for 5 parishes. In addition, I have taught Old and New Testament, World Religions, Ethics and Morality, Social Justice and Death and Dying on the middle school, high school and college levels. As teacher and facilitator, I have opened areas of discussion in which the participants delved into new and exciting experiences.

SAT Reading

As Chair of English, Director of College Preparation and Director of Curriculum Development, I have successfully prepared numerous students for SAT Reading Exam. I have conducted individualized and small group sessions using original material designed to meet the needs of the particular students attending each session. I move away from the Barron's and Peterson's Workbooks. Instead, I give a diagnostic test and work on the skills specific to the student's needs.

SAT Writing

As Chair of English, Director of College Preparation and Director of Curriculum Development, I have successfully prepared numerous students for the Sat Writing Exam. I have conducted individualized and small group sessions using original material designed to meet the needs of the particular students attending each session. I move away from the Barron's and Peterson's Workbooks. Instead, I give a diagnostic test and work on the skills specific to the student's needs.

Social Studies

As a educator with a bachelor's and master's degree in history, I have taught social studies for more than 30 years. My experience covers grades 5-12. In addition to this classroom experience, I have also worked with several students who were in need of supportive and accelerated tutoring. This experience afforded me the opportunity to use many techniques over the years. Not only have I helped students to take notes from the text, video and lectures, I have also helped students to develop organization and study skills that have made them more successful in the classroom.

Special Needs

Learning opens a whole new world to a child. It can be fun to take this journey or it may be a time of dread and anxiety. A child may feel like he/she must jump hurdle after hurdle depending upon the difficulty of the concepts being taught or the inability to find his/her own learning style. I teach English in a school for special needs children (including: emotional, physical and behavioral challenges) and am commited to creating the proper environment for learning to take place each day. I have devised individual academic and behavior plans to help them all be successful. I would like the opportunity to use these techniques to help your child travel the road to success and find that learning can be fun.

Spelling

How many students say, "I don't have to know how to spell. I have spell check on my computer."? Almost every student I have taught in the past five years has said just that. Then they find out that spell check doesn't catch all mistakes. Well, that's why we still have to learn our spelling rules. I will give me the opportunity to review the rules you have learned and forgotten and incorporate them into your writing.

Study Skills

As a classroom teacher and tutor, I have found that in order for students to be successful, they need strong study skills. With this in mind, I wrote a curriculum for grades 6-8 covering areas such a time management, taking notes, notebook and book bag organization, test taking, outlining, writing essays and writing research papers. When my students applied these skills to the courses they were taking, grades improved.

Vocabulary

As a teacher of English and Director of Curriculum at Atlantis Academy, I have developed a new vocabulary and writing program for K-12. The basic philosophy that "All children can learn" is incorporated into this curriculum and techniques have been devised to help all of our students eventually write on grade level using well developed sentence structure and vocabulary. In addition my position as Associate Professor of English/Writing at the University of Phoenix affords me the opportunity to use these techniques on the college level.

Writing

As a teacher of English and Director of Curriculum Development for 40 years, I have created a new vocabulary and writing program for K-12. The basic philosophy that "All Children Can Learn" is incorporated into this curriculum and techniques have been devised to help all of the students eventually write on grade level using well developed sentence structure and vocabulary. In addition, my position as an associate professor of English and Writing at a local university affords me the opportunity to use these techniques at the collegiate level while helping students to write research papers. To their credit, many of my writing students have won competitions and been published.

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Education

College of Mt. St. Vincent (History and English)

Fordham University - Bronx, NY (Master's)

Union Theological Seminary of New York, New York (Master's)

Very Dedicated Arlene is smart, professional, compassionate, punctual, organized, reliable, committed to her work, and absolutely delightful to work with. She inspires and supports my son and me both. I would not hesitate to recommend her, she has really helped my son with his goals and lifted his self esteem along the way. ...

— Jeryl from Lake Worth, FL on 6/2/14);

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Arlene will travel within 10 miles of West Palm Beach, FL 33409.

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