My name is Jacqueline, and I've been involved with educational systems since I was thirteen years old. All through my teens I tutored students in reading at an exciting tutorial project at a community center. Teens tutoring younger students to help give these children the skills and motivation to do well in school. I loved it!!! Helping younger people to become successful in school and to like school, felt great!!! It gave me a direction in life. I was an education major in college. After a degree in Education, and while teaching third grade I had gotten a masters in reading. Then for the next twenty years I worked for the Public School system in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a teacher and later as a School Social Worker. Currently, I tutor and substitute teach for two public school systems in the Lenox area. Along the way, I've gotten a Master Degree in School Social Work and a "Teaching English as a Second Language" certification. Learning is fun and exciting for me and I help my students to develop good feelings about themselves as capable students who can be successful in school. I encourage students to start to explore areas of interest first, building on small successful steps. As students find greater success, their motivation increases and this helps them to feel better about themselves as capable learners. This results in better grades as well as a greater interest and involvement in the whole school experience. Positive experiences can snowball, and before they realize it school is fun.
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