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I love to teach and tutor and have been doing it for 15+ years in all types of settings: elementary, city, and community college. You will find that I use diverse strategies to help you enhance, improve, or master your skills in various subjects such as English, Math, Grammar needed for any type of exam or writing. Please look at my profile and contact me; I would look forward to working with you as many of my former students have.
I have taught second grade for 1 year, fourth grade for 2 years, fifth grade for 2 years, and 6th grade for 1 year. With the variety of age levels, I have been able to use diverse strategies in teaching. These diverse strategies appeal to the learning styles of my students. The various grades form a pool of knowledge and skills for me and allow me to adapt to the level of the student.
Not only have I taught in the city for the Chicago Public Schools in poor performing schools, but I have also taught in a charter school in the city as well where my students were reading and performing math at grade level. Therefore, I can reach students at any level in this way. Additionally, I have taught Pre-Ged Reading, GED Reading and English as a Second Language classes to many different students from a host of countries ranging from Taiwan, China, Poland, Spain, Mexico, Czech Republic, Lithuania, and the Middle East, etc.
I have taught students from many countries including Taiwan, Mexico, China, Japan, Malaysia, the Middle East, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, South America, etc. I started teaching ESL in 1995 at the college level for a suburban and city college and did that for 5 years, including time coordinating an ESL program at a city college.
Currently, I am teaching the same types of students at a suburban college and have been since 2007. I teach all levels of ESL from beginning to advanced. I also teach international students who are seeking a degree in an Intensive English Language Program. The subjects I teach in this program are Speech, Grammar, Writing, and Reading.
As a second grade teacher, a specialist for reading in my school, and a graduate student who learned about phonemic awareness, I have a good handle on phonics. I also use phonemic awareness with my ESL students to help them sound out words. We used DIBELS in both CPS and the charter schools to determine a student's phonemic and reading potential.
I was taught by Catholic school nuns when phonics was the way you learned how to read rather than using holistic methods of reading. However, I am an advocate of both knowing that stopping to sound out the syllables, vowels, consonants can detract from comprehension and fluency for some students. I do believe that each student brings his or her own background of reading to the text whether it is through phonics or holistic means. I like to use both.
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