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I have been an elementary school teacher for thirteen years, have been tutoring for ten years, and have worked with children with a wide variety of learning needs. I have taught reading, second, and third graders of many different ability levels and cultural backgrounds. I take time to get to know each student so that I can best identify their interests and unique needs. I insist on talking with parents beforehand, and usually contact the child's teacher to learn more about each child's particular areas of need. I have many resources to use as needed to most quickly and efficiently meet the needs of each child. I think that learning should be an enjoyable experience, but insist that those I tutor be serious and focused during each session. I typically inform parents beforehand about the specific learning goals and activities I plan to use for every session, and at the end report to parents the progress made, and areas of additional help they need before the next session. I fully realize the need for students to master the basic skills of reading, writing, and the basic math facts by the end of the third grade. My first introductory meeting is free of charge.
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I have experience working as a substitute teacher with autistic students from the ages of 4 - 18. I have participated in staff development and done research into successful strategies for teaching autistic students as well as those with other learning and developmental challenges.
I have a total of 13 years experience as an elementary school teacher, and have an Educational Specialist (EdS) degree in education. I am competent and confident in my ability to teach all K-6 subject areas, including math, science, reading, writing, grammar, spelling, science, and social studies. I have been certified by WyzAnt to teach Algebra 1, American History, Biology, Ecology, Elementary Math, Elementary Science, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Reading, Proofreading, and Vocabulary.
I have a B.A. degree in Fine Arts from New College in Sarasota, Florida. While there I took extensive coursework in painting and drawing. I have exhibited my paintings in Florida, Los Angeles, and Pennsylvania, and have won many awards for my work. Many of my paintings have been purchased and are in private collections throughout the world.
In addition to 11 years as a second and third grade classroom teacher, I have two years of experience as a first grade reading teacher. As a reading specialist, I taught phonics along with modeled reading, shared reading, and guided reading. I have tutored several students in beginning reading, and have completed college coursework on the topic.
I successfully completed the PRAXIS with all scores in the above average range. (Communication Skills - 678, General Knowledge - 674, and Professional Knowledge - 672.) I have over 15 years of successful experience as a classroom teacher and have completed a Masters degree in Education (GPA 4.0) as well as an Educational Specialist degree (GPA 3.7).
I attended a parochial school for grades K - 6 in which I received a rigorous religious education in Protestantism. In college I minored in religion, taking courses in world religions, the Gospels, Buddhism, modern philosophy and "Death of God" theology, and religious elements in modern literature. My thesis was on the work of Jesuit priest and paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin, who attempted to reconcile Christianity and Evolution. I was accepted into Yale Divinity School but instead served a mission for my church in Hiroshima, Japan. Studies included the essential unity of all religions and the influence of religion on culture and politics.
I have successfully helped students in elementary, middle, and high school with developing good study skills. I have been able to help them with prioritizing, organizing an effective environment conducive to study, performing research using print sources, the internet, and primary sources, and time management.
I have been extremely active in school theatrical productions throughout middle and high school. I also participated in community theatre productions. I majored in Theatre and Cinematic Arts at Brigham Young University in the MFA Acting Program. While there I studied theatrical production methods and the history of theatre from its beginnings to the present. I acted in several student films and formed a small theater group in which I directed and acted in modern one act plays. I have used Reader's Theatre with my elementary and middle school students on a regular basis.
Great Tutor and great with kids — Patrick has done a wonderful job with identifying the needs of my daughter and providing her with a customized tutoring plan to meet her needs in Reading and Language Arts. Patrick is patient and truly wants my daughter to succeed in every capacity. The feedback that Patrick renders after each session is detailed and provides honest feedback on the challenges he faces and what my daughter can cont ...
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