I have been teaching in an elementary school setting for 8 years with children from ages k-5, specifically ADD/ADHD, LD, and children on the Autism Spectrum. I have taken the Paraprofessional exam, and am currently working on My Master's in Sped.
I have been working with this population for the past 5 years, and I am a 1:1 Aide in this field. I am presently working towards my Master's in this field as well.
I am a Teacher's Aide working closely with dyslexic children, and am dyslexic myself. I am currently working on My Master's in SpEd specifically to work with this population. I had a tutor when I was in school who taught me how to read, and I am proud to now be a teacher who can pass what I have learned on to someone else. Being dyslexic does not mean being stupid, or unfocused or lazy. It does mean that we learn differently, and need to have different options available to us. I was so lucky to have those options, and I'd like to do the same for you.
I taught Pre-K for six years and am Lead Teacher Qualified to teach this grade level. I have been in two school systems as an ABA Aide teaching 1:1 in Grades 1-5 as well. I travel with the students to their classrooms and assist them in any and all subjects as well as keeping their items organized, helping them study for tests, creating curriculum designed to help them learn the material at their pace, and numerous types of projects. I am able to tailor their learning to their individual abilities, and I can do that for you too. Breaking down lessons into smaller units helps the specific children I work with in two ways. One-the work is more manageable, and can be understood at the student's pace, and two- students can learn one task first, and work their way through to the rest of the steps, which helps foster self-confidence and celebrates each success.
One of the most important tasks I have as a 1:1 Aide is making sure my students can read. The Preschool Curriculum I created was based completely on Pre-reading skills. Breaking down Paragraphs to sentences, down to words, down to letters, sounds, and even using picture cues are essential parts of my job. We utilize many Phonic programs, and assistive technologies to help students. I have many of these programs available for use by prospective students.
I teach at my church, and have been for 14 years. I have taught 1st grade, 2nd grade, 4th grade, Youth Ministry, as well as Sacramental Instruction for Communion, reconciliation ,and Confirmation. My daughter attends Catholic School, so I am very familiar with the various lessons taught in each age group, and as a Girl Scout Leader I have co-taught Religious Recognition programs at each of the levels-Family Of God, I live My Faith, and most recently, the Marion Medal. I am currently a Confirmation Teacher,Altar Server, and Proclaimer of The Word at my church. I have taken 7 of the 8 courses required to have my Certificate in Youth Ministry-which will be completed by this September.
I am currently working with a Special Needs population as a 1:1 Aide, and am working towards my Masters in this field. I enjoy creating curriculum, using adaptive materials, and finding new and interesting ways to help these students. It is very rewarding to see what children of all abilities can accomplish when given appropriate tools, and TIME!
Being Dyslexic, learning appropriate Study Skills was imperative to my school success. Being organized in my thoughts as well as my materials, being able to retain the information I would be tested on, and finding the best way to note-take has only been acquired by years of trial and error! I am a visual learner, so for me, picture clues help me remember pertinent information, but for many of my students, that doesn't work. So, I learned the different methods for helping them, and I can do the same for you.