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Hello, my name is Meredith.
I am a life-long learner and have always loved sharing that love for learning for as long as I can remember. I have 13 years of classroom teaching experience in both the public and private sector.
I have my professional certification to teach in Michigan.
My Bachelor of Education comes with a triple minor: Education, English and Social Sciences.
I have a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
I have 12 years of classroom teaching experience in instruction and planning lesson for different ability levels. I have taught all levels from Grades 1-8.
I have more than 15 years experience in tutoring students on an individual level. I am currently the S.M.A.R.T Tutor Supervisor at the International Academy in Benton Harbor, Michigan and I prepare and coordinate the lessons for 60+ students there.
When I am tutoring, I find the most effective way to help my students is to discover their learning style and use methods that coincide with their style. One thing I know for certain is that no two students learn exactly the same way. I also try to apply the current best-practice techniques so that they will be on the same page as their classmates.
Some of the methods I find most effective are using mnemonic devices like songs, acrostics, repetition, manipulatives, and individual practice, and most of all lots of encouragement. I believe all students can learn if they learn to believe in themselves and know that someone else believes in them as well.
I have 15+ years of experience working with ADHD and have it myself. I have taken many classes and professional development sessions on how to work with students that have ADHD. Many of the parents that I have worked with that have ADHD students have found be to be able to work with their ADHD student when other teachers really struggled with their child. I find that working with an ADHD child takes mostly patience and giving them different techniques that they can use to help them cope with their high speed brain.
As part of my Master's in Counseling I have had training in Career Counseling. My class was taken in the Fall of 2013 through Spring Arbor University.
I have 10+ years of experience working with students with dyslexia. I have training using the Barton Reading and Spelling Approach to reading. The Barton Reading and Spelling Program is a program designed to work specifically with dyslexia. I currently work with 2 students that have dyslexia. I have also had a number of reading intervention classes that have given me training in dyslexia. I also have training in Brain Gym which also works on correcting issues related to dyslexia.
Any child can be successful. In my 15+ years of experience as a tutor, and 11 years as a teacher teaching first through the 8th grade I have discovered that, any child can be successful, it is a matter of finding the right approach to helping the student to be able to understand any subject. When trying to teach a student I like to learn their learning style, and as well what their interests are in order to help them to reach their full potential.
Phonics is a big component of reading instruction, and is key in learning how to read and spell. Phonics has played a key role in my instruction as I taught first grade for two years of my teaching career, and second grade for three years. I have also seen phonics transform a child's reading ability while I was working as an interventionist to help struggling students.
I have a master's in elementary education and have 15+ graduate hours in reading studies. I have worked with many students who have struggled with reading problems.I currently work in a program where I plan reading lessons for other tutors to work with students.
I have my Lutheran Teacher Diploma from Concordia (College) University in Ann Arbor, Michigan which was based on religious coursework.
I have my master's in education. I have 15+ years of teaching experience. I have 2 years' experience teaching specifically study skills. I also have 25 years' tutoring experience.
Great tutor — Meredith is very patient with our kids. She takes the time to listen to them and answer their questions. She explains things in a way that makes it easier for them to understand. So fortunate to have her help!! ...
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