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Some of the words used to describe me are creative, motivating, patient, organized, nurturing, knowledgeable, honest, witty, determined, respectful, positive, goal-oriented, helpful and fun. For years, I have tutored students in both reading and math. In addition, I have also tutored students in all additional subject areas. One of the first objectives as a tutor would be to assess the student's skills. This would be done by giving the student some form of assessment (written and oral). I need to find/know both the student's strengths and weaknesses. This information would be shared with the student because it is extremely important for him/her to know their strengths/weaknesses as well. I believe that a student must know where they are in order to move forward! Together, the students and I would create a checklist of what needs to be done weekly. Progress would be shared with both student and parent on a regular basis. In addition to feedback, I also feel that is important to have students reflect on what they have done and to set goals. These reflections and goal-settings would be written in a journal on a weekly basis. I have consistently earned high praises from my students and parents regarding my teaching strategies, practices, feedback, and patience.
My dedication to my students and the learning process is further shown through some of the many awards that I have earned. One of these awards is the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Math-1988. This award is our nations highest honor for teachers teaching math. Another award, the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Awards, is awarded to teachers who are highly motivating, use a variety of teaching strategies and represent the profession with enthusiasm to students, teachers, and parents. In addition, I won a $1000 Oppenheimer Math Grant, was given to me for my excellence in teaching methods. The money was used to purchase a variety of manipulates and hands-on-tools for my students. Furthermore, I earned a mini Poetry Grant and several Rochelle Lee Grants which enabled me to purchase tons of books for my students.
Another group of awards that I earned were several "WHO'S WHO AMONG AMERICA'S TEACHERS AWARDS". I am most proud of these last awards because in order to earn this award you must be nominated by students. As you can see I am a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher who loves helping students grow. I look forward to helping you become more successful with your EDUCATION!
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