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I have been a special education teacher for the past 22 years, and continue to work in the field. I have instructed students with a wide range of disabilities and abilities in all high school areas. I have taught classes in Algebra I and Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Physics, Biology, and English. My work with students has also covered World and American History, Psychology, and Sociology. With my background in special education, I am able to approach teaching from a variety of angles, and I have developed many methods of instruction so that ALL students can, and will, learn and remember the material covered. I have also worked with individuals in preparation for the SAT tests and MCAS (which must be passed to receive a high school diploma).
I have taught Algebra I for many years, both as a replacement class for students with special needs, and as a reinforcement for those who struggle. I tutor many students in this subject as it is the foundation for their high school math. My approach is focused on the individual's learning method, making the material accessible and easier to comprehend and master.
I have taught Algebra II to a wide variety of students, both as a classroom instructor and a tutor. In all settings, I work with the student to approach the material through their learning style. I have modified and adapted concepts to meet the needs of the student and meet all school and state requirements.
I am currently certified by the state of Massachusetts in Intensive Special Needs (all levels) and as an Assistant Principal/Principal (9-12). I have been working with special needs students for the past 22 years, ranging in classes from Pre-K to 22, in both private and public schools. I currently work at a local public high school, and have taught replacement classes for math and science. Additionally, I have worked with students to develop study and organizational skills and strategies to succeed in all their classes. I have extensive experience in test preparation,note taking, and writing skills. I have worked with a wide variety of special needs students of all need levels, and develop individualized strategies and goals to address current levels of strength and need. I am in frequent (sometimes daily) communication with parents of students both past and present, and encourage feedback from students, parents, and current teachers, to see what can be done to best assist the student. I can help you child become all that they can be, and provide you with the peace of mind that a qualified, experienced, and caring individual is working with your child.
As I have previously mentioned in my request for Special Needs, I have been a special education teacher for the past 22 years. Much of my time is spent working with individuals on their study and organizational skills. Many students have difficulties keeping track of assignments, due dates, and long term projects. Additionally, they have spent years taking notes in class without fully understanding the material they are writing down or even copying. Test and quiz preparation is especially difficult for students with special needs, and even for many who are not diagnosed as such.
In my study skills/learning strategies centers, I work individually with students within the group setting to establish routines, note-taking strategies, and study skills to accentuate their strengths. Within my school, I am able to talk directly to other teachers to ensure that the methods are acceptable to them, and in other cases, I have sent notes to teachers explaining the rationale behind the methods the student will be employing. Test-taking and quiz-taking can be anxiety producing form many students. By working with them on how to develop, design, and review study guides for upcoming test and quizzes, I am able to help students reduce their anxiety. Certain students may excel in certain formats, and have difficulties with others. The study guides I work with them on to create are designed to accent their strengths, and present information in the most accessible manner for them. I always have, and continue to, instructed students to complete study guides for tests and quizzes two days prior to the actual event so that they may show it to their class teacher for feedback. This has proven effective, as the students receive positive feedback for their work, and helps them to feel that they are prepared.
Steady Improvement Seen in Daughter's Skills — 2013-03-17 My daughter has completed her second trimester in Algebra. Her grade for Algebra 2A Honors is respectable not stellar. Considering the difficulty of the subject and her end of term test falling I can only be grateful that she held on to an 85 average. I hope for fewer damaging slips in the next trimester and a corresponding advance in her security in the subject matter. The third tr ...
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