Hi My name is Kathie F., and I am excited to have the opportunity to be your tutor. I have a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in Elementary Education
(1997), and also a masters degree in Educational Administration from Governors State University (2003). I have taught 5th grade
for 10 years in the New Lenox School District 122 (1998-2008), and have loved every day. I am currently taking a few years off from working full time, as I have three young children that I am staying home to take care of. My oldest is 10, and is in fourth grade
, so I am seeing school through the eyes of a parent, which is a new perspective that I believe will make me a better teacher when I return full time.
I have tutored independently during all 10 of my teaching years. My tutoring experience ranges from group tutoring, study skills
instruction, and one on one tutoring. I have always enjoyed the opportunity to tutor to reinforce skills, improve achievement, or extend the learning experience beyond the classroom. Along with being a classroom teacher, I was also very involved in the school though sponsoring student activities, coaching, Team Leader responsibilities as a staff member, member of the School Improvement Team, District Improvement Team, various curriculum committees, and recipient of the districts "Those who Make a Difference" award.
As a teacher, I am interested in making connections with my students. One of the best compliments I would receive was "Mrs. F, you always make it easy to learn what we're doing". I would differentiate lessons to meet the needs of many students, and understand that all students learn differently. There is no cookie cutter way to teach, and actually, through differentiation, I was able to be creative in my lessons and to meet students needs. In my teaching career, I have been lucky enough to team teach resource classes, which included students in special education and also Gifted and Talented Math
I value each student as an individual and am excited each year to see what abilities a student will have to offer. I have found that over the years, it is not just what I teach to my students that makes a difference, it's what they teach to me as well. I think the best thing a teacher can do is help to provide the tools for all children to discover and value their own abilities, and watch them prosper. My favorite moments as a teacher have been those "light bulb" moments, when you can see that a connection has been made, and a child is excited about what they have accomplished.
I am very proud to be a teacher, and I do my best to make learning relevant, and fun. I welcome the opportunity to work with you as a tutor.