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Danielle S.

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Crete, IL (60417)

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Hello and welcome! Thank you for visiting my page. My name is Danielle. I received my B.A. in Elementary Education in 2009. I have a state of Illinois teaching license with endorsements in language arts and social studies. A majority of my undergraduate experience was working with children in grades K-5.

I have a strong knowledge base in all subject areas especially those for elementary education students. I am well versed in other areas such as RtI, and PBIS. Also, I am extremely knowledgeable on administering (Progress Monitoring systems, AIMsWeb, benchmark assessments, 3-minute Reading Assessments, DRA assessments, Running Records, Assessment for Phonemic Awareness, Phonics Mastery Survey, BRI Word Lists and Passages, DIBELS, etc).

Furthermore, I have tutored many students in the past who were struggling readers. I administered assessments to help show growth with struggling students. I have also created and taught lessons with hands-on opportunities to enhance learning. In addition, lessons where focused on mastering specific skills (story mapping, predicting, inferring, decoding, context clues, etc)

I love working with children and see them succeed inside and outside of the classroom. I hope to lead them on a road to excellence in the classroom. I love to learn and discover new things about myself and students; I think that teaching is an excellent way to do both.

I am open to tutoring students on an individual basis or in a small group. I am also open for negotiations for hourly rate. The details for a group rate would have to discussed on an individual basis and then be approved by the company. I am a flexible person and through great communication everything can be worked out to benefit kids.

**Summer hours will vary**

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Danielle’s subjects

Algebra 1, Prealgebra
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
General Computer, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Microsoft Word
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th), Prealgebra, Reading, Study Skills
Corporate Training:
General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Word

Elementary (K-6th)

I am a certified elementary teacher with a résumé of diverse experiences. My teaching certificate is an Illinois standard type 03 and I am certified to teach grades K-9. Also, I have endorsements in language arts and social studies. A majority of my undergraduate experience was working with children in grades K-5. Prior to graduating and receiving my certification, I was a science club instructor, teacher aided in various settings, and student taught and tutored students. Each experience has given me insight into the working and differing abilities of students. I have an extensive library of materials to utilize while tutoring in all subject areas.

Student Teacher, Wolcott School, 3rd grade, Thornton, IL - 17 Weeks.
Novice Teacher, Paul Revere Intermediate, 5th grade, Blue Island, IL - 98 hours.

Science Club Instructor, Daystar School, 3rd grade, Chicago, IL - 7.5 hours.
Teacher aide, Highlands Elementary School, Kindergarten, Hazel Crest, IL, - 150 hours.
Teacher aide, Lincoln Elementary School, K-3 Special Education, Blue Island, IL - 50 hours.


While I was doing my clinical experience I saw first hand how phonics works. I worked in a Kindergarten classroom for a semester using Michael Haggerty Phonics Book. We would work on Language Arts and students would ask me to spell out a word for them. I used a real life example by having them sound it out to the best of their ability and we would work at it together. They were learning to spell and use their phonics skills that are taught for at least 10 minutes a day and reinforced throughout the day.

I have learned and had first hand experience with the 5 components of teaching reading. They are as follows: 1)Fluency (which phonics plays a huge role in) 2) Comprehension (which works hand and hand with fluency) 3) Phonics 4) Phonemic Awareness (the ability to manipulate different sounds that form different words) 5) Vocabulary.

I know how to use each of the components of reading to help children succeed in phonics. I also have different resources to help me guide students to better use phonics. I have worked in classrooms from Kindergarten to 5th grade that focus on phonics to help students.


I played collegiate soccer for 4 years. Two years of which I was a captain. Also, in college I was a volunteer assistant coach the Junior Varsity at Trinity Christian College from August 2008 to November 2008. In high school, I played soccer throughout my attendance at Crete-Monee High School. I held a leadership role as captain for three years here in high school.

Player Experience:

2007 – NAIA Trinity Christian College, IL (Coach Joshua Lenarz)
2005 – NAIA St. Xavier University, IL (Coach Derek Begich)
2003 - 2004 – NAIA Calumet College of St. Joseph, IN (Coach Greg Erminger)


2007 – National Christian College Athletic Association
Semi-Finals: Final Four - 3rd place finish, National Tournament, Region Tournament
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Semi-Finals, Quarterfinals
NAIA Region VII Semis
NAIA Region VII Finals

2005 – Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Regular Season Champs, Semi-Finals, Quarterfinals
NAIA Region VII - Quarter Finals

2003 – Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
All-Conference Honorable Mention

1999 - 2003 – Crete-Monee High School (Coaches Todd Elkei, Eric Carlson)
1999 - 2004 – Windy City Pride S.C. (Coaches Ko Thanadabouth, Nick Thanadabouth, Doon Thanadabouth)
1996 - 1999 – Chicago Magic S.C. (Coaches Todd Bailey, Scott Fonfara)

Coaching Experience:

2009 - 2010 – Crete Hawks Select Camp Assistant Camp Director/Trainer; coached 9-14 year old boys and girls. Emphasize the use of technical and tactical skills to improve both their ability to read the game and their individual soccer skills in game like situations. Also, taught ball control skills, including: correct trapping, passing, dribbling and shooting techniques.

2008 – Trinity Christian College assistant soccer coach for junior varsity and varsity. Helped plan and co-led practice sessions to develop a diverse group of soccer players. Prepared and maintained up-to-date lesson plans and goals for season practice drills and procedures. Planned and developed practice sessions and motivated the team. Instruct players on passing, correct trapping, dribbling and shooting techniques. Provide encouragement and motivational support for each player. Improved players’ ability to read and adapt to the game.

2006 - 2008 – Trinity Christian College soccer camp instructor; coached Pre-K to second graders. Prepared fun, engaging practice sessions while teaching: ball control skills, including correct trapping, passing, dribbling, juggling, defensive skills, and shooting techniques.

Fall 2006 – Crete Hawks FC; coached U-12 coed soccer. Taught ball control skills, including correct trapping, passing, dribbling and shooting techniques. Also, taught both technical and tactical skills.

Spring 2006 – Volunteer Coach at Crete-Monee High School; help coach girl’s soccer team. Prepare drills and simulations of game situations to improve overall ability to anticipate the movement of the ball and the ability to read the game.

Social Studies

In addition to having my elementary certification, I hold an endorsement in Social Sciences. During my college experience I did rigorous coursework (over 18 credit hours) to fulfill the state required necessities. In order to receive an endorsement I had to create lessons, teach lessons, and implemented teaching strategies. For each of my lessons I set forth high expectations and made sure that I had all the details down to the “t”. The details were researched using various resources.

Part of my course work included a methods course in social sciences. I feel that by taking this course it has prepared me to better teach to a diverse crowd. I hope to bring the social sciences to life for even the uninterested students.

Study Skills

My clinical experience as well as student teaching, novice teaching, and personal experience have helped me focus my studying. I am more than qualified to work with test preparation and curriculum study skills.

I have learned many tricks throughout my pre-collegiate experience and even during my collegiate time and it is continuing. There is not one set thing that works for a person.

There are many different categories for study skills and each is important to achieve the goals you have set forth for yourself. They can range from comprehension (remember), time management, study habits, motivation, note-taking, and the list could go on.

I have come across many study skills that are both traditional and non-traditional to help me remember things for which I have studied for.

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