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I love tutoring because it allows me to individualize instruction and use the most innovative methods to get excellent results, improving a student's confidence, knowledge, and self-esteem. At my day job, I teach elementary ESL (K-5) as a specialist, but I've taught 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades as a classroom teacher and graduate school as an adjunct instructor. I've tutored students of all ages for the last 18 years, including elementary, middle and high school students, college students, and graduate students. I have actually been tutoring since I was an undergrad in the mid-1990s, and I never really stopped.
I am a National Board Certified Teacher with a Master's Degree in curriculum and instruction as well as endorsements in language arts, social studies, and ESL. Also, this spring I am finishing up my LBS1 endorsement to become a licensed special education teacher. I have been teaching for 14 years, and I pride myself on finding ways to reach every student. I enjoy working with students of all ages, and just because I teach elementary school does not mean that I only work with younger students. In fact, more than half of my tutoring experience has been with high school and college students.
I tutor all subject areas up to middle school and any of the humanities after that. My specialty is in teaching reading, writing, and test prep at all levels. I've done a lot of professional writing and editing, and one of my specialties with students is increasing writing fluency and structure through repeated practice and guidance. I have been trained in a number of highly successful interventions that can help increase reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.
I have an easygoing personality and get along well with all different kinds of students. I value diversity and have worked with students of many different cultures and linguistic backgrounds. I use hands-on teaching methods wherever possible, and I always have more than one way to teach a particular lesson or concept.
I've been teaching and tutoring students with ADD and ADHD for more than fourteen years. Many of the students I have tutored have diagnoses of ADD/ADHD, and the format of private tutoring allows me to individualize the instruction to meet their needs. The groups of students that I see as an ELL/ESL specialist have included students with ADD or ADHD every year. On a daily basis, I help implement interventions that work toward academic and attention goals for students with ADD/ADHD as written in student IEPs and 504 plans. Last fall, I took two graduate courses in special education, and each one had sections focusing on ADD and ADHD. I know that students with attention concerns often need innovative teaching styles, whole-brain learning, and help focusing on lessons.
I've been a certified (now licensed) K-9 elementary school teacher since 2000. I've taught 6th, 4th, and 3rd grades (in that order) and now I teach K-5 ESL/ELL as a specialist at a public school in Naperville.
I taught math as a classroom teacher for seven years, and as an ESL/ELL specialist (K-5), I often teach focus lessons on math concepts taught at each grade level. Because I struggled with math as a child, I have a great deal of patience when students don't understand something right away. I'm willing to teach and reteach a concept in multiple ways to ensure that a student really understands.
Licensed ESL/ELL Teacher (Master Teacher).
National Board Certified as a Middle Child Generalist.
I am an adjunct instructor at Benedictine University's graduate school, and I teach ESL endorsement courses there.
As an undergraduate, I took 18 credit hours of courses in special education, and in graduate school, I've had 9 credit hours of courses in the field of special education. I am familiar with both formative and summative assessments to track student learning. In addition, I work in an inclusion building, which means that all of my classes include students with IEPs. I have 14 years of experience implementing interventions and working with special educators to help students meet their IEP goals. I have taught and tutored students who have autism, learning disabilities, dyslexia, speech and language delays, physical disabilities, and cognitive impairments. I know how important individualizing instruction is for students with special needs, and I am familiar with multiple ways of reaching students who have special needs and helping them to reach their potential.
I've been directly tutoring study skills for students in grades 2-12 as well as college since the mid-1990s. Nearly all of the students I tutor need support in this area, and they often need help setting up a study schedule, learning specific techniques for memorization, and practicing their note taking skills.
When I taught 4th and 6th grades, I included an entire unit on study skills for my students. This unit included test-taking strategies, using an assignment notebook, studying on a daily basis (and how to structure that), and strategies for learning vocabulary. Additionally, in 2011, I wrote a chapter on study skills for a high school textbook.
I've been a public elementary school teacher since 2000, and a big part of my job is directly teaching study skills to my students so that they can work more effectively.
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