I earned a degree in elementary education that allowed me to work with students in grades K-6.
I have experience creating and implementing lessons for grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
Before finishing my degree, I was employed as a second grade reading coach, and then as a fourth grade math and reading coach.
I was employed as a third grade teacher before moving on to my current position at the junior high.
My five year's experience teaching English/Language Arts at the junior high level means I am well-versed in reading and writing expectations for upper-level elementary students, particularly expectations for 6th grade.
A former elementary teacher, I developed methods for making math-learning interactive and accessible. 100 percent of my students demonstrated growth as well as mastery in difficult math concepts like multi-digit multiplication and long division.
I have a degree in elementary education and excelled in the teaching of science methods. In my two years as an elementary teacher, I was responsible for the planning and implementation of the science curriculum. Science was made accessible to students through interactions with a wide-variety of literature, and students particularly enjoyed using science-learning in other contexts as a way of collecting evidence and synthesizing meaning.
I am currently employed as a Language Arts teacher, which includes instruction on English subjects. I skillfully use popular literature and authentic writing experiences to scaffold for pupils the appropriate use of formal English.
Grammar concepts are often abstract. I make grammar accessible and meaningful to pupils by teaching these concepts with popular literature, such as The Hunger Games, and providing them with authentic writing experiences that can then be examined and analyzed for proper grammar.
I have five years experience teaching literature topics to adolescents, and also have an endorsement on my teaching certificate that evidences my competency in this subject. Not only am I familiar with a variety of literary texts and authors, I am skilled in scaffolding for students HOW these texts should be read in order to gain meaning from them.
As a language arts teacher part of my classroom responsibilities include editing students work in such a manner that they learn from those marks. I also offer instruction in proofreading so that pupils acquire the necessary skills to address their own editing needs.
Reading for meaning is my forte. For two years I have served as a reading interventionist in addition to my regular classroom duties as a language arts teacher. I have logged countless hours planning and implementing individualized learning plans meant to "boost" pupils who struggle to read, in areas that include decoding words, comprehension, retaining what is read, and synthesizing meaning from what is read.
As a classroom teacher, I have seven years experience instructing intermediate and junior high students in mastering life strategies such as preparing for tests, overcoming anxiety, and organizing and planning study materials. My strengths include instruction on sustaining oneself through challenging materials as well as methods for engaging in text, promoting life-long literacy.
I am a former competitive swimmer and have 2 years experience as an aquatics instructor through the YMCA. I have taught infants to adults and all levels of ability. I can help a child overcome fear of the water as well as provide technique instruction to competent swimmers.
I am competent in employing a variety of research-based strategies for acquiring and retaining new vocabulary. This works to the advantage of the pupil as we work together to identify which strategy best fits their respective learning style.
I have experience instructing beginning writers and am equally experienced in building the skills of more advanced writers. My strength as a writing instructor lies in my ability to evaluate a pupil's writing, assess strengths and weaknesses, and then customize a plan for progression.