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I graduated from the College of Education at Michigan State University with a degree in English secondary education and 12 credits towards a master's in education. I am certified to teach English and ESOL for grades 6th-12th in Michigan, South Carolina, and Georgia, and I have experience tutoring and teaching in both of these subject areas. As a college student, my summers were spent tutoring ESL students, particularly Korean students, in learning the English language as well as tutoring students at local grade schools. The past 3 years I have taught in public schools, including a year-long internship in a 6th grade classroom where I was the lead teacher for 3 months. After that experience, I taught at one of the top high schools in Michigan as a temporary full-time 10th and 11th grade English Literature teacher. Most recently, I taught 7th grade language arts at a middle school in South Carolina.
Since relocating to Maryland I am continuing to work as a private in-home tutor and homeschool teacher. Spending one-on-one time tutoring students who seek additional help with the English subject area allows me to continue using my teaching degree and share my expertise as an educator.
As a teacher, I demonstrate a talent for designing age appropriate lesson plans and activities that foster growth in the core curriculum as well as personal and academic development. One example of this occurs when students participate in literature circles and are able to select only the books that interest them. I also offer individualized support to ensure that all of my student's unique needs and goals are met. I assess each student through individually planned homework assignments to gauge whether or not he or she is understanding the material. I strive to provide a well-balanced, engaging and supportive learning environment for my students. I understand the need for differentiated instruction and individual education plans to generate independent thought and to represent each student's diverse needs/interests.
All of the skills that I have gained from being in the classroom will be used in my commitment to capture my student's attention and improve reading and writing skills. During my time in South Carolina, I completed the first year of the statewide mentor program with high regards and positive feedback. Several observations by district mentors and the principal are a mandatory part of the program and I was observed teaching multiple times throughout the year. One of these mentors summed up what she saw in my classroom in one simple phrase, "You have what it takes to excel in teaching." I am a motivated educator who posses strong people skills and has a proven ability to develop a positive rapport with my students.
Summary of Skills and Experiences
-Writing lesson plans, reports, and keeping up with a classroom blog.
-Developing balanced learning plans that encourage pupils' practical, creative, academic and social skills.
-Integrating the latest technology into my lessons.
-Taught middle school, high school, and private homeschool classes.
-Patient and approachable.
-Accesses multiple methods of teaching a concept. Teaches students to do the same.
-Proficient in MLA format and essay writing.
-Excellent command of grammar and usage.
-Volunteered to assist with coaching a high school volleyball team.
I have substitute taught for all grade levels including elementary. According to my 3 teaching degrees (MI, GA, and SC), I am certified to teach 6th grade - 12th grade. I am currently working with another tutoring service where primarily tutor elementary age students.
Excellent ESL Tutor — We hired Taylor to work with a young girl from Eastern Europe, to improve her English language skills and prepare her for college admission. Taylor was quickly able to evaluate her strengths and weakness so she could develop a very individualized set of lesson plans. She focused on the areas of greatest need and did not waste time reviewing or re-teaching things that the student already knew. We ...
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