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Teresa A.

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Laurel, MD (20708)

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I am a certified teacher who currently works in Montgomery County Public Schools. I love working with children and I try to make learning fun. I use tools to help students understand hard concepts by using concrete examples. I am friendly-students feel comfortable asking questions that they are not asking in class. I am helpful and I will always come prepared and on time.

I am a certified reading teacher and I love teaching reading.

I provide homework help during the school year as well as handwriting, and accelerated math help. I enjoy working with children during the summer as well.

I am very flexible and will work with families to provide a weekly rate if needed.

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Teresa’s subjects

English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Biology, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Prealgebra, Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar

Elementary (K-6th)

I am an elementary school teacher. I have taught first and third grade in Montgomery County Public Schools. I have my Master's Degree in Reading and I am certified as a Reading Teacher. I am currently teaching the Curriculum 2.0 objectives. I have also taught Saturday School. I love working with children. I feel learning should be fun and meaningful. I have worked with many children with homework help, math, reading, science fair projects and writing assignments.

In math, I believe in starting from the basics, using learning tools to help students learn. Students will enjoy learning to work with counters, clocks, base ten blocks, tens frames, and other materials so the student can use the concrete models to assist them in transferring learning to the abstract. We will play math games and sometimes take a quiz to make sure the objectives taught have been retained over time.

In reading, students will learn when they are reading about topics they enjoy. I will use text that is on their level and that is interesting to the student. I will also use technology and games to help to make learning fun and meaningful. We will focus on decoding skills, vocabulary, comprehension strategies and writing responses to reading.


Learning letter sounds, blending sound spelling patterns and segmenting words, writing words and sentences, building phonemic awareness. Also allowing the learner to hear and write sounds heard and having the learner to identify to correspondence between the sounds and the spelling patterns that represent that sound.

My educational background includes a degree in Early Childhood Education. I also have a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Literacy. I also have a Certificate for Reading Instruction. In the Montgomery County Public School System, I have taken the Early Literacy Reading Initiative courses. I have taught first grade for 14 years where the guided reading block is the most crucial part of the day. The 90 minute block includes small guided reading groups that will focus on reading as well as phonics instruction. i taught third grade for one year, where these skills were also taught, but at a different level.

Phonics instruction would include:

Alphabet activities-sorting letters by letter and by sound. Students may need assistance finding the connection between upper and lower case letters. Also using the students name to help with this connection. After a student learns the letter names, they can begin to work on the letter sounds.

Picture and word sorts- A picture sort can be used to find similarities and differences between the pictures selected. usually two categories can be sufficient. Using pictures can allow the student to say the name and to listen to the sound and place the picture in the correct category.

Blending and Segmenting Activities allow words to be manipulated by segmenting and blending words a the level of the phoneme for example cat- /c/ /a/ /t/ each letter has a sound that is broken apart. if this is too difficult for the student the word can be segmented using the onset and rime /c/ /at/- cat. Elkonin boxes can be used as a visual support.

While working on sounds it is crucial for me as the teacher to talk about the sounds in words and emphasizing each sound. While segmenting words with digraphs and blends the discussion will come that talks about the number of sounds in the words. Again Elkinin boxes will help with this type of activity.

Analogy lessons will be used to help students know that they can use what you know to read and spell other words with similar parts. Once a student knows the -an rime, as in man, then they will know how to read and spell, fan, can, ran. It is important to talk about the similarities of the words. The sound, pattern and position of the sounds, spelling patterns are important to target during the phonics and spelling instruction

Another activity I would use is the word hunt. Word hunts will allow students to apply what they have learned in isolation by finding additional examples of target phonics features in connected text. Students can record their findings in appropriate categories.
This can be done with beginning sounds, ending sounds and vowel sounds.

All activities can be differentiated based on the needs of the student.

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The Catholic University of America (Early Childhood Educ)

Trinity College (Master's)

Western Maryland College (McDaniel College) (Enrolled)

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Teresa will travel within 30 miles of Laurel, MD 20708.

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