I am a creative, thoughtful, and passionate educator with over 30 years of experience in the field of early childhood and elementary education, and out of school time arts programming. I obtained preschool lead teacher certification from the Massachusetts Office of Children in 1992 (certificate #12310), and I was issued a preliminary teaching license in elementary education with a specialization in ESL in 2012 (#458114). I am currently enrolled in a masters program in applied linguistics at UMass Boston, and I expect to graduate from this program in the spring of 2014 with an initial teaching license in ESL and an additional certificate in ESL math pedagogy. My undergraduate studies at Simmons College included nutrition and life sciences, African American history and literature, children's literature, intermediate Spanish, and a major concentration in studio art - drawing and painting. Because of the diverse fields of concentration and in-depth studies, 20 years experience as a home-school parent, and my professional status as an artist and educator, I am adept at critical and associative thinking and reasoning (thinking outside the box), and supporting student cognitive growth in that direction.
My most recent experience includes tutoring elementary school students at the Boston Public Library during after-school hours, and offering student-centered academic support in reading, writing, math, and appreciation of various subjects. These subjects include math, applied life-science, social studies, functional art, music, dance, yoga, and theatre. I also have over four years experience teaching GED math, science, writing, and ESL to adults, and I was temporarily hired by the Boston Public Schools to offer in-class academic support and tutoring for at-risk ESL students at an inclusionary elementary school for 2 1/2 months in 2011. It was an exceptional experience that convinced me to pursue my teaching licensure in elementary education, and I look forward to fulfilling my ESL master's teaching practicum requirement between January and June of 2014.
During the years leading up to and immediately following a month-long cultural visit to Mali, West Africa, I studied and reached advanced Intermediate level French in speaking, reading, and writing. Through lessons at the French Cultural Center of Boston, and private lessons, my communicative competence grew over a seven year period. By auditing advanced courses in French linguistics and translation as well as in French classical theatre at Simmons College, my knowledge and experience of French history, culture, and language usage developed in a way that has influenced the way I perceive cultural interaction among people all around the world.
To summarize my qualifications and experience: I am an education specialist, working with English Language Learners and Native Speakers of English. I offer learner-centered basic academic support and "meaning-making" to students at all age levels, but I work most frequently with elementary school students, and adults at the GED and ESL levels. Some techniques that I employ include: journaling, reading aloud, book-walks/previews, and consideration of multicultural myths, music, and children's literature. My hobbies include print-making, poetry readings, and the enjoyment of walking in nature, even urban nature, and I am familiar with many native plants, insects, and other wildlife, both local and global.
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