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Susan S.

Reading Specialist (K-12) and Elementary Teacher (K-5)

Atlanta, GA (30338)

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$50.00
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I am a state certified Reading Specialist and elementary classroom teacher with a Master's degree and 20 years experience. My private and public school experience includes working as a classroom teacher (K-5), reading and learning specialist, and working as a tutor for early readers through adults.

It is very important for me to meet students at their level. I do this through conducting informal assessments, gleaning information from formal reports and IEPs (if relevant), and determining the student's learning style.

In beginning reading, students learn the mechanics of reading—phonics, blending skills, sight words, sentence and paragraph reading, fluency, and basic comprehension. I have used Orton-Gillingham techniques to teach structured, sequential phonics.

From 3rd grade on, students move from “learning the read” to “reading to learn.” This important function requires good literal and inferential comprehension skills. These are critical to the success of a student in any subject matter and at any grade. I use numerous techniques to help children comprehend fiction and non-fiction material. I am a firm believer that these must be taught and practiced for a student to apply them in school.

In addition, I have taught and tutored math in the elementary grades. My experience includes Everyday Math and Saxon math for students with learning differences. I utilize many “tricks and techniques” to help students who have difficulty with computation.

I am a patient teacher who works to help your student achieve success in their academic environment. I look forward to working with you!

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Susan’s subjects

Math:
Prealgebra
English:
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Business:
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th), English, Prealgebra, Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Dyslexia

As part of my M.A. in Education, I majored in Reading Disabilities. I learned how a dyslexic student's brain was "wired" differently. Students are helped by instructors who use a structured sequential program in phonics, teach organizational and time management skills, and improve fluency and comprehension.
I worked as a reading specialist in the Alexandria public Schools for 5 years, served as a reading and learning specialist for students who learn differently at 4 private schools in Atlanta (7 years), as a tutor for elementary, high school and adults through a special school for dyslexics and as a CRCT tutor in a county school in GA for 2 years. This is in addition to accommodating students with learning differences in the classroom, where I taught for 7 years. I have been very successful in helping my students, from kindergarten children through adults.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have an M.A. in Education from George Washington University and 20 years of classroom experience in both public and private schools. I am a certified reading specialist with an M.A. in reading disabilities. I teach all levels of reading, phonics, languages arts, writing, math and study skills. I am certified in Distar and experienced in Orton Gillingham structured, sequential phonics program. I am experienced in teaching inferential and literal comprehension, improving study skills and narrative, persuasive, report and descriptive writing.

English

I am a Reading Specialist and have a Master of Arts Degree in Education. I have excellent English skills and know how to best teach students writing and language arts skills.

Grammar

I have over 20 years of experience teaching language arts and reading at the elementary level through 5th grade. This includes grammar, which is essential for the other important subject of writing skills. Grammar is also an important component in annual state-wide testing, the Iowa Achievement Test and is part of the Common Core curriculum throughout the U.S. In addition, using correct grammar in oral speech influences how people respond to a person, especially in the workplace/business world.

Phonics

I hold an M.A. in Education with a major in Reading Disabilities. I learned about dyslexia in the '70s, long before schools were aware of how the brain's "wiring" affected a student's ability to read. I have experience in specific programs, such as Distar, Orton Gillingham, Project Read, Wilson Reading, etc. that have been developed and used specifically to help dyslexic students. These programs include instructing students in structured, sequential phonics, using multi- techniques. I also emphasize improving reading fluency so that comprehension is improved as well.
I have worked in several private schools as a learning specialist. In public school, I worked as a Reading Specialist, tutor and classroom teacher with students that had reading disabilities based on diagnosed dyslexia. I have 20 years experience between working in public and private schools.
In my teaching experience, I analyzed psychological-educational reports from psychologists, developed IEPs (Individual Educational Plans) based on student needs, (in public schools I implemented IEPs but did not develop them), benchmarked student progress through the year's curriculum and modified goals as necessary. As part of my job working with Dyslexic students, I have conferenced with parents, suggested materials, approaches and ways to help the student used their learning strengths to compensate for their learning challenges.

Public Speaking

Not only do I have experience in teaching children, but I also worked in several corporate jobs in training and development. In addition, as a trainer for the sales/ marketing department of a large health care insurance company, I made presentations to sales professionals at conferences. My skills in organizing my speech material, establishing connection with my audience and driving home the points that needed to be remembered were all important to my effective as a public speaker. All students, even in the elementary grades, should be taught how to stand up in front of a group and present their information effectively. I was also a member of Toastmasters for several years, which helped me acquire the feedback I needed to be successful as a public speaker.

Reading

I have a B.A. and an M.A. in Education with a major in Reading Disabilities. I am state certified as a Reading Specialist and elementary/middle school to teach all components of reading: phonics, comprehension,and fluency. I have used Orton Gillingham techniques for dyslexic students and taught reading to all skill levels of students. I have worked with students from age 4 through adults. In this last category, I tutored adults who were non-readers or LD students who were never identified and given remedial help.

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Education

University of Florida

George Washington University (Master's)

Case Western Reserve University (MBA)

Perfect Fit! — Susan is the perfect fit for our tutoring needs. She has a wealth of experience as a teacher and also a wealth of experience as a reading specialist. My daughter needs help with both Math and Phonics/Reading, so finding Susan fills both of those needs. I would definitely recommend Susan. In two lessons, she has taught my daughter "little tricks" for subtraction and addition that are helping her w ...

— Elizabeth from Atlanta, GA on 10/9/14

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