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Francine J.

Dr. J - Writing, Language Arts, and ESL Diva!

Decatur, GA (30032)

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Hello!

So happy you're interested in my profile!

First, I love, love, love teaching and tutoring; as a matter of fact, I've been pretty lucky because I've taught students as young as 4 and as old as 80! I've also had the pleasure of teaching in public schools, private schools charter schools, and universities.

As a public school teacher, I've taught and tutored language skills (writing, listening, speaking, grammar) to English as a Second Language students from over 50 different countries, and assisted their mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles at the community college level. In addition, as a resource and inclusion teacher for special needs students, I've focused on language arts, writing and social studies skills. Beyond that, I've taught writing to students working on their bachelor's master's and doctorate degrees.

When it comes to tutoring, I love to laugh and have fun while working, so whenever appropriate, I try to implement music, drama, poetry and lots of humorous examples; but the main thing I care about is that I make a strong connection with students in a way that engages their individual talents, learning styles and learning preferences. Also, I believe that students, no matter what age, should anticipate, rather than dread the tutoring experience. That said, I think you'll find that my 20+ years of teaching/tutoring experience enhances my ability to approach students with patience, compassion, skill, authenticity, and reliability.

Look forward to working with you!

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Francine’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Test Preparation:
GED
Special Needs:
Language:

ADD/ADHD

I have a master's degree in Special Education with an emphasis on students with learning and behavior challenges. For over 15 years, I collaborated with regular education teachers to incorporate modifications and adaptations for students with ad/hd symptoms. I also ran a community performing arts program for students at risk of dropping out of school, which included a number of students exhibiting ad/hd manifestations. Over the years, I have presented a number of seminars and workshops on the topic AD/HD.

Elementary (K-6th)

As a public school teacher for over 15 years, I taught ESL and Special Education students on the elementary, middle and high school level. As a resource and inclusion teacher, it was important that I work closely with regular education teachers to ensure that course content was seamlessly transferred to my students; therefore, it was my responsibility to be informed of curriculum matters for each grade level.

I began tutoring while teaching, and found that most of my students were on the elementary and middle school levels. The following methods served to foster my success: 1) focusing on open and continuous communication with parents, (2) establishing a positive rapport with the student, (3) maintaining a student-centered approach (4) discovering the student's most dominant learning style and using that style to approach the subject, (5) allowing the student variety in showing their knowledge, and (6) offering consistent positive feedback to students.

I currently work as a part time professor teaching teachers (k-12) specific strategies
that have the potential to enhance learning. The focus is to ensure that these strategies coincide with common core as well as state standards, so that teachers can transfer these strategies into the classroom.

English

Over the past 20 years, I have had the good fortune of teaching on every academic level from pre-k through graduate level. On each level, it's been my experience that students have challenges succeeding in other subjects if they don't have a strong foundation in English; consequently, I have had a wide range of experience teaching English to students in regular education classes, special education classes, English as a second language classes, and graduate school classes.

ESL/ESOL

As an ESL teacher for over 15 years, I was responsible for teaching the International Phonetic Alphabet(IPA)as it related to the sound, pronunciation, and spelling of words.

These experiences sensitized me to nuances associated with not only the way people may hear a particular sound, but also to how they may interpret the pronunciation of specific sounds.

As I have continued to tutor students down through the years, it has been my experience that many students are lacking in word attack skills due to, in my opinion, the absence of phonic skills; in response to this, I have often found it necessary to incorporate short phonics lessons into my sessions.


GED

Experience:

Worked for 3 years as a GED instructor.
Worked for 5 years as an ABE/GED coordinator.
Worked for 2 years as a trainer to GED tutors.

Grammar

15 years- Taught language arts (including grammar and reading) to regular education, special education, and English as a Second Language students.

10 years- Teach reading/writing/grammar skills to undergraduate students.

Currently- Teach teachers innovative ways to incorporate reading/writing/grammar into the classroom.

Phonics

As an ESL teacher for over 15 years, I was responsible for teaching the International Phonetic Alphabet(IPA)as it related to the sound, pronunciation, and spelling of words.

These experiences sensitized me to nuances associated with not only the way people may hear a particular sound, but also to how they may interpret the pronunciation of specific sounds.

As I have continued to tutor students down through the years, it has been my experience that many students are lacking in word attack skills due to, in my opinion, the absence of phonic skills; in response to this, I have often found it necessary to incorporate short phonics lessons into my sessions.

Reading

15 years- Taught language arts (including grammar and reading) to regular education, special education, and English as a Second Language students.

10 years- Teach reading/writing/grammar skills to undergraduate students.

Currently- Teach teachers innovative ways to incorporate reading/writing/grammar into the classroom.15 years- Taught language arts (including grammar and reading) to regular education, special education, and English as a Second Language students.


Special Needs

I am a former teacher of special needs students and have a master's in special education. I have supervised students working on degree in special education and have taught various courses on the master's as well as the bachelor's level. I still work with teachers the master's level who need to make adaptations to lesson plans.

Individualized Education Plans (IEP's) can be somewhat painful, but once you get a grasp of the content, you will find that they become more attainable as you work with students of varying abilities. With the experience I've had, I'm sure that I can give you some viable pointers that will demystify any confusion that may exist around IEP's, and assist you with best practices to approach manageable problems and solutions.

Spelling

15 years- Taught language arts (including grammar and reading) to regular education, special education, and English as a Second Language students.

10 years- Teach reading/writing/grammar skills to undergraduate students.

Currently- Teach teachers innovative ways to incorporate reading/writing/grammar into the classroom.15 years- Taught language arts (including grammar and reading) to regular education, special education, and English as a Second Language students.


Vocabulary

15 years- Taught language arts (including grammar and reading) to regular education, special education, and English as a Second Language students.

10 years- Teach reading/writing/grammar skills to undergraduate students.

Currently- Teach teachers innovative ways to incorporate reading/writing/grammar into the classroom.15 years- Taught language arts (including spelling, grammar and reading) to regular education, special education, and English as a Second Language students.

10 years- Teach reading/writing/grammar skills to undergraduate students. Spelling is an integral part of this process.

Currently- Teach teachers innovative ways to incorporate reading/writing/grammar/spelling into the classroom.

Writing


Qualifications in Writing

-Over 20 years teaching writing to k-12 special, ESL regular ed students.
-Over 15 years tutoring language arts skills (including writing) to k-12 students.
- 15 years teaching writing on the college and university level (undergraduate and graduate, bachelor's, master's and doctorate students)

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Education

Va Union UNiversity

Va Commonwealth Univ (MEd)

VA TECH (EdD)

Loved Her! Francine, or Dr. J, is an excellent tutor! She communicated with me well and provided excellent feedback. She is encouraging and caring. I would highly recommend using her if you are looking for someone to assist you with graduate level writing. ...

— Heather from Atlanta, GA on 5/15/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

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Francine will travel within 20 miles of Decatur, GA 30034.

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