I have helped students in a variety of grades boost their standardized test scores including ISAT, NWEA, REACH, and ACT. Every year in the past decade that I spent teaching, I also tutored after school. Most recently, I helped nearly every one of my 20 learning disabled students boost their NWEA reading and math test scores by more than five points (many by more than 20 points).
I am a college English major with a teaching endorsement in Language Arts. I have been teaching and tutoring for over 12 years. In those past several years I have worked as a middle and high school teacher, and high school students.
I have spent the past 5 years as a special education teacher. As a special education teacher I must find a variety of ways to help those who read more than two grades below grade-level and those with a multitude of learning disabilities to understand complex reading material. They have demonstrated their improved reading comprehension and vocabulary skills by outperforming all other special education groups in the schools history, and they outperformed all previously classes every year I have worked at that school thus far.
I am a certified special education teacher. My first year teaching was in a therapeutic day high school on the south side of Chicago where students with behavioral issues too intense for regular public schools (including many with diagnosed ADHD) attend. Prior to that my final training to get my special education was working one-on-one with student with ADD in a clinic at Northeastern Illinois University.
I have taught algebra to students both as a teacher and tutor for 12 years. As a special education teacher I work with middle school students with learning disabilities who struggle with grasping and retaining challenging math like Algebra, so I have become a master of finding ways to get even the most challenging student to understand and retain this new information. That is how I was able to help the 16 upper grade students in special education to each boost their NWEA MAP test scores in math by an average of 12 points (when they only needed to raise them up 5 points) each year I was there.
Aspergers syndrome is a far more mild condition in the Autism spectrum. Socially/emotionally they may respond as a student with Autism, but intellectually they function as anyone with a "normal" intelligence. I have worked as a tutor and teacher for the past 12 years, many of those years teaching students with Autism (see my Autism qualifications for details). Thus, my experience with Autism coupled with my experience with general education students make me qualified to work with students who have Aspergers Syndrome.
I have spent a total of five years working with students with Autism. I have been a certified special education teacher for four years, each year working in a classroom with a special education student. in the middle of those four years I also worked as a teacher's aide in a self-contained special educaton classroom full of students with Autism. Prior to those four years I worked as a one-on-one with a student with Autism in a general education classroom.
I have been an elementary school tutor for 12 years since I began working for Americorps in college. 10 years ago I earned my elementary teaching certificate. Since then I have taught every grade from first through eighth. My educational focus was in Reading (English Major & teaching endorsement in Middle School Language Arts), but I have been highly successful with Math (teaching math as part of elementary curriculum, assisted middle school special education students boost their NWEA MAP test RIT scale scores by up to 23 points).
My first special education classroom I taught in was at AMI Infinity of South Chicago, a therapeutic high school for students with such severe ADHD that they were not allowed in CPS public schools. Most recently I helped middle school students boost their NWEA MAP standardized test scores.
In addition to passing WyzAnt's qualifying tests in all Math areas except one I have been a long term middle school math substitute teacher (5 months) and middle school special education resource teacher. At least 1/3 of my day is spent teaching algebra & pre-algebra including how to write, solve and graph linear equations. In fact, the IEP goals of my seven eighth grade students were those three equation skills. In addition to working with them, I assisted any other 8th grader who needed support.
I am an English major with a teacher teaching certificate in Language Arts. I was one of the founding members of the Shakespeare Society group at my college. I have been a teacher and tutor for over 12 years, mostly upper grades and high school. Most recently I have been teaching junior high students with learning disabilities so I am experienced with using a variety of approaches to assist all students comprehend complex reading material.
My education, experience working with English language learning (ELL) students, and passing the WyzAnt qualification test for ESL/ESOL make me qualified for this category. I have an undergraduate degree in English, and teaching endorsements in ELL and Middle School Language Arts. I have taught in highly Hispanic neighborhoods with many ELL students and tutored adults in reading and writing English.
I have been an elementary school teacher and tutor for over 10 years. Almost all of this time has been spent with students in grades 4-8, so I have nearly a decades worth of experience teaching pre-algebra. In addition to elementary school teaching, I have spent the past six years working in special education. Much of this time has been spent with students with learning disabilities. This means I have had to develop many different ways to get students to understand complex algebra equations. During the past two years I have used these skills to help that group of students outperform every special education class on standardized tests in the past ten years, and I did it two years in a row.
I have been a teacher and tutor for over 10 years including being a special education resource teacher for four. Most recently I helped the middle school students with learning disabilities at a Chicago Public School boost their NWEA MAP standardized test scores every year I have worked with them.
During my 12 years as a tutor and teacher I have worked with students who had a variety of special needs. This includes working one-on-one with students who had Autism and Down's Syndrome, as well as teaching full classrooms of students with Autism and ADHD. My graduate degree and teaching certification (both in special education) make me highly qualified to tutor students with special needs.
I have been a teacher & tutor for over 12 years. Most of that time has been spent working one-on-one with students on their Reading and Math skills. This includes teaching mnemonic devices for retaining certain terms, locating resources at home to further practice skills, and most revealing how what students are learning in class relates to their life goals. Thanks to all of this, the students with IEPs at a Chicago Public School (my current job) have improved both their NWEA MAP and ISAT scores consistently every year I have worked there.
Prior to my 12 years of teaching and tutoring language arts I was a Writing major in college, editor of my college newspaper, and even editor of my high school newspaper. This means nearly 20 years of helping others improve their writing.