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Margaret C.

Reading and Writing Specialist

Farmington, MI (48334)

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15 miles
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I had a learning disability growing up. My disability was in math, and I know how frustrating and humiliating it was to be "dumb" in a subject no matter how hard I tried to get it. Eventually I just gave up and took the failing grades. I had one good teacher, though, who took the time to break concepts into their smaller parts and teach each part one at a time until I understood it. Then she would help me put it all together. She was the only teacher I had much success with. But I know how important it is to have someone teach the way I was able to learn. That's what I try to do for my students. And I like to teach them one-on-one, because I can focus fully on them and their learning style without the distractions of a roomful of other students. I can key into the student's strengths and weaknesses, and tailor make a program specially suited for them.

Having 16 years experience as a special education teacher, I have learned a lot about individualization. I tutored one boy who, the first day I came, ran out of his house crying,"I can't do it! I can't read! I can't!" He locked himself in his car in the driveway and doubled over sobbing. I didn't force him to read the first day, but I did notice a motorcycle in the garage.I got books and magazines on motorcycles.This boy had severe reading difficulties, but we started by making a motorcycle game together.It involved a little reading. He would laugh when he was beating me.It was good to see him enjoying a reading activity instead of failing and being frustrated again. We read high-interest low-vocabulary books about different types of motorcycle races. We wrote motorcycle stories. We practiced our vocabulary including motorcycle terms. In the end, the young man improved his sight vocabulary, comprehension, word attack and writing skills. More importantly,he started being successful and enjoying reading and writing.

Over the years, I've taught many different types of students. For a few years I taught regular kindergarten and first grade. At the university level, I've trained teachers how to teach reading and writing to special needs students. I've also taught English as a second language to adults and children. For a long time, I taught Special Ed. pre-school. For a while I was an Infant Educator with the zero to three population. That was lots of fun. I have also worked with Resource Room students in elementary school. I spent six years in Mexico helping run an orphanage, and worked with students with high needs there. I also developed a Play Group with Mexican Indian mothers who had pre-schoolers who showed some developmental delays. I taught them how to help develop their babies' abilities. I know my stuff, and I like to make learning enjoyable and meaningful for the learner. I've been a professional tutor for three years, and one of the greatest joys in my life is igniting the spark of learning in my students. I hope we get to work together.

P.S. I have the official results of a recent background check and TB test.

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Margaret’s subjects

Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Special Needs:
Dyslexia, Hard Of Hearing, Phonics, Special Needs
Business:
Elementary Education:
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

ACT Reading

I have taken some extra training in training people for the ACT Reading and Writing portions. Additionally, I have taken and passed it myself. I would be pleased to work with your student so they will do well on it.

Bible Studies

I grew up in a Bible-teaching Baptist church and taught Sunday school for many years. I also served as a missionary in an orphanage in Mexico for five years and taught a daily Bible lesson to the children. I used lecture, drama, crafts, pageants, and songs.

Dyslexia

I have a Bachelor's Degree from a university in Special Education. I was trained in teaching people with dyslexia. I did so in Detroit Public Schools as a Resource Specialist.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. I also taught regular kindergarten and first grade in Santa Ana Public Schools, California.

English

I was a Language/Literature minor in college. All through school I was at the top of my class in English. I express myself very well, am good in grammar, and I've a strong background in English literature.

ESL/ESOL

I taught English as a second language in Flight Language School in Glendora, California. I have reference letters from two administrators of the school. I taught both adults and children using curriculum published by Longman Publishers. Students were primarily from Asian countries. Some were European and Hispanic.

Grammar

In college I minored in Language/Literature. My writing and grammar skills are very strong. I love teaching literature. I would do well teaching these skills.

Literature

I have a degree in English language and literature. I love the language and its expression and have always been strong in it. I would love to work with others in mastering it.

Phonics

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University. It required course work in teaching phonics. I have about 5 years of experience in teaching phonics as a professional.

Public Speaking

I have taken Speech and Acting classes in high school and college. For a few years I did fundraising for an orphanage. I traveled through various parts of The United States and Canada speaking at various churches and service groups to ask for support. The efforts brought the orphanage out of the red to healthy, financial functioning.

Reading

I have a Master's Degree in Education, and a California Credential as a Learning Specialist with the emphasis in Reading and Writing. At the university I trained graduate students to teach Reading and Writing to students with special needs. I have many years of experience teaching reading in the public schools as well.

Special Needs

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University. I have 14 years of experience teaching it as a professional. At the university level I have also trained teachers how to teach remedial reading and writing to students with special needs.

Spelling

I am a college professor and have written for publications. My spelling is good.

Study Skills

I was an honor student in college both at Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University. I learned how to organize my papers, materials, and assignments. I use a planner. I did long range planning with a calendar so all my assignments got covered daily, and I worked on long-range assignments in small chunks over time. I learned how to schedule study times that were realistically paced before major exams and papers. I learned how to take helpful notes during lectures.When reading textbooks I learned how to pull main points from a text rapidly. I made study time a priority and had an environment that was free from distractions, was well-lit, comfortable, and stocked with the school materials I needed. I would be happy to share with others the best ways to study.

Vocabulary

I am a college professor and my reading and writing are quite good. I have written articles for publication. I am a prime candidate for teaching writing.

Writing

I am a strong writer. I have a Master's Degree in Education and my minor is in Language Arts. I've written lots of college papers. And was an honors student in English in high school. I don't know how impressive that sounds, but I would like to work with you.

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Education

Eastern Michigan University (Special Ed.)

Azusa Pacific University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Margaret will travel within 15 miles of Farmington, MI 48334.

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