I have worked with students with learning differences for 15 years. In addition to teaching, I have volunteered to assist students with ADD/ADHD. I apply unique techniques which allow students to learn through movement, use "learning tools" to provide sensory input, and adapt to meet each child's best learning self. I am trained in PBIS, Collaborative Problem Solving, and Responsive Classroom, all of which have provided me with tools from which to create effective and engaging learning environments for students with ADD/ADHD.
My background and trainings have allowed me to develop unique and effective techniques for teaching children who are on the Autism Spectrum. I manipulate curriculum and lessons to create a mode of communication that allows each child to feel comfortable and confident. By adapting to their communication needs, students are able to gain confidence and make progress in their educational endeavors. With each lesson, I offer a myriad of avenues from which to learn material. For example, a younger student working on literacy would have the option of using blocks to build letters, paint to create letters, pencils to write letters, or Playdough to form letters. By catering to the child's interest, significant progress can be made in learning. I approach learning with students with Autism by asking "How are you smart?" rather than "How smart are you?" thus facilitating learning using methods that allow them to explore communication on many levels.
I played basketball through college, leading the nation in 3-point shooting percentage in the NCAA. I coached at summer camps for 13 summers, and served as a head coach at the collegiate level for 4 years. I served as a basketball fitness trainer for 5 years under HoopsEdge, working one on one with athletes. In all, I have coached the following ages in basketball: 5-23. At the elementary, middle school and high school levels, I have coached both boys and girls teams.
I have taught at the elementary level for 15 years, both at public and private schools. I have extensive experience in differentiating instruction to adapt to meet the needs of individual students. My teaching has included thematic-based curriculum, experiential learning, project-based learning, and cross-curricular studies. I have worked one-on-one with students in school settings as well as in private tutoring settings.
In addition to teaching K-8 Physical Education for 11 years, I have coached more than 30 sports teams, including 19 at the collegiate level. I have Personal Training Certification through The United States Sports Academy. In addition, I played five sports at the collegiate level and have served as a sport-specific fitness coach for student-athletes as well as a personal fitness coach for adults.
I have been trained in Handwriting Without Tears, and have worked in classrooms as well as in one-on-one situations to teach handwriting. The grade levels I have worked with are K-5, and extend to literacy, vocabulary, spelling, and cursive writing. I am familiar with approaches to teaching handwriting, and create authentic activities to make handwriting enjoyable. Letter formation can be approached through the use of play dough and blocks, and online resources provide great supplements.
My background and trainings have allowed me to develop unique and effective techniques for teaching children who have special needs. I manipulate curriculum and lessons to create methods of learning that allows each child to feel comfortable and confident. By adapting to their physical, cognitive, and social-emotional needs, students are able to gain confidence and make progress in their educational endeavors. With each lesson, I offer a myriad of avenues from which to learn material. For example, a child with ADHD is engaged in lessons that allow him/her to move and provide them with sensory input. A child with developmental delays is engaged in sequential activities that build self-confidence and intentionally scaffolded skills. With each student, I observe initial play/learning to learn how they learn best. Do they need visual tools to learn? Is it their low executive functioning skills that are keeping them from completing tasks? How can I, as an educator, differentiate instruction to connect them to the material or subject matter? With years of experience working with students with learning differences, behavioral challenges, and those who are considering twice exceptional, my experience has provided me with a foundation from which to serve as an effective teacher/tutor to children with special needs.
I have coached men's and women's tennis at the college level. In addition, I played tennis in high school and college as well. I was an All-State tennis player, a top collegiate tennis player in New England, and trained at Hilton Head camps as well as Nick Bollettieri's tennis facility in Florida.
I have given individualized and group tennis lessons to children as well as adults, and ran a summer program as well.
Track & Field
I have coached track and field as well as cross country. My familiarity with track and field began as an 8-year-old, when I began my own running career. By the age of ten, I became an All-American in the Junior Olympics, holding state records in two events for more than a decade. I competed through college. My participation in track and field involved competing in all events including sprints, distance events, relays, high jump, long jump, discuss, shot put, and javelin. I completed Coaching Certification at The University of Southern Maine in 1996.