My background is in elementary education; however, I taught for two years in high school English classes in a small, rural community. I have a BA in elementary education with endorsements in language arts, reading, science, and middle school. I love the English language and all of its many interesting twists! My high school students thanked me for helping to prepare them for college entrance exams and for guiding them toward their prospective careers.
My most memorable tutoring position was with a first grader who was struggling with learning to read. I noticed that she was holding the book next to her face! After performing some of my own diagnostics and informing her parents, they took her to an eye doctor and discovered her vision was very limited! Her parents have thanked me repeatedly for discovering her basic problem and then catching her up over the summer.
The favorite type of lesson for this particular girl was a kinesthetic lesson. She liked to be moving! So I put letters on the Twister game mat and asked her to put a right foot on the letter representing the sound I would say. This also reinforced right and left! Another game was called Pick it Up. This involved me calling out a letter or word and her finding it and picking it up off the floor. While I enjoy creating new ways to teach reading and other subjects, I also feel it is important to do some things in repeated fashion. I observed the reading recovery program that many schools offer as part of my reading endorsement requirements and really enjoyed how the children responded to these types of lessons!
As a substitute teacher, I work in many different classrooms. I have had multiple experiences working with children with autism, Asperger's, and ADHD/ADD. There was a student with Asperger's in my seventh grade reading class. She was a joy to work with most days! I also have some classes toward a special education endorsement. Last spring I did a long-term substitute job in upper elementary special education and enjoyed the position very much!
On a personal note, I have five children and one grandchild. My youngest child is in sixth grade and the others are all grown and on their own. I was a stay-at-home mom until my fourth child went to school, then I went to work as a nurse's aid at a nursing home. I enjoyed working with the elderly, but longed to be a teacher, so I went back to school and got my degree. My favorite past time is sewing, but I also like to hike in the woods, garden, and bake. I am a calm, quiet, and patient person, but I am also firm. It has been said that I have a good rapport with parents as well as their students. I enjoy working together as a team with parents and students.
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