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My job as a literacy specialist is rewarding and challenging. For the past six years, I have used my skills as a specific learning disabilities specialist to collaborate with teachers, special educators, and other specialists to bring authentic teaching opportunities to my students. I encourage students to use a multisensory approach to learning that involves visualizing and verbalizing techniques as well as kinesthetic memory in order to reinforce concepts. In my math classes, we use a problem-solving approach and find multiple ways to answer problems. We also use concrete models to visualize abstract concepts. With English/Language Arts (E/LA), I emphasize a "layered learning" technique because proficient readers and writers must master a broad range of skills, including the structure of language, parts of speech, and grammar rules.
I also enjoy tutoring. It's a chance for me to work in varied disciplines with a variety of students, from elementary to adult, who benefit from my teaching skills and diverse life background. Students whom I've tutored have successfully completed a variety of content area classes, courses and national certification exams, including PRAXIS I, PRAXIS II, and MTEL. My teaching credentials include certifications in Specific Learning Disabilities, General Special Education, and K-8 Elementary Education with highly qualified teacher status in middle school math, middle school E/LA, and Elementary Education K-6 content areas. I hold a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in education. I currently teach in a K-5 elementary school with past experience teaching in upper elementary and middle schools.
I hold a dual Master's degree in Elementary (K-8) and General Special Education with a specialist certification post-Master's degree in Learning Disabilities. This is my fifth year teaching, and I have an EEC (Experienced Educator Certificate) as well as HQT (Highly Qualified Teacher) status in elementary (K-6) content areas, middle school math and middle school English/language arts. I work with students to develop individualized action plans to address challenging and/or problematic subjects. I have tutored all core content areas with positive results for my students.
When teaching math, I use a problem-solving approach and help students find multiple ways to answer problems. (See Intel Math, an 80-hour professional development course, which I successfully completed.) I also use concrete models to help students visualize abstract concepts. (On Cloud Nine: Visualizing & Verbalizing for Math would be an example of this, but I go beyond what's in this program.)
I use a comprehensive English/Language Arts (E/LA) approach to reading that incorporates grammar, parts of speech, visual vocabulary and writing to improve reading fluency and promote reading comprehension skills. Visualizing and verbalizing strategies are also emphasized. Currently, I co-teach fifth grade students identified with specific learning disabilities. They are positively progressing with the E/LA approach to reading. Prior to this, I taught pull-out English classes for grades 6 through 8 in which lessons were differentiated, but closely followed the classroom curriculums. I am a certified educator with highly qualified teacher status and a master's degree in education.
My first teaching experience was as an ESL/ESOL tutor to adult students. In addition to this, I have worked with adult beginning readers, adults with specific learning disabilities and adults seeking to pass national board certified tests for various vocations. I have successfully tutored adult students through Easter Seals of NH, Vocational Rehabilitation and The Adult Learning Center in Nashua, NH. I currently teach elementary (K - 8) students English/Language Arts and math.
My tutoring experience includes helping school-aged and adult students pass a variety of classes and standardized tests that form the GED knowledge base. To elaborate, high school classes that I have tutored include English, Algebra I, and Geometry. For teacher candidates, I have tutored mathematics for PRAXIS I and all curriculum content areas for PRAXIS II and MTEL. Students taking vocational tests have required tutoring in algebra for plumbing, anatomy and physiology for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, as well as geometry and chemistry for Cosmetology.
I am a literacy specialist in a NH elementary school (grades 2 through 5). I enjoy teaching English/Language Arts (E/LA) because it requires me to be creative, so diverse students can effectively connect with this core curriculum area. Specific areas of study for E/LA are grammar, phonics, reading, and writing. The study of grammar includes how sentences are constructed, its morphology and syntax. Morphology includes word formation with its various inflections and derivations. Syntax includes the rules for forming grammatically correct sentences. I am highly qualified to teach E/LA through grade 8.
In addition to my own passing scores for PRAXIS II assessments in elementary education content knowledge (K-6), middle school mathematics and middle school English/language arts, I am also adept at tutoring students to pass standardized tests, including PRAXIS and MTEL, in all content areas. I am especially effective at helping students who have failed tests repeatedly to improve their scores. I am a highly qualified tutor and teacher with a master's degree in elementary (K-8) and general special education with advanced certification in specific learning disabilities.
Using a visual approach to pre-algebra, I help students develop concrete skills that allow them to problem-solve abstract mathematical concepts. I have successfully used this approach to teach pre-algebra to eighth grade students with specific learning disabilities as well as adult students prepping for PRAXIS and MTEL math assessments. Additionally, I have tutored high school algebra and geometry as well as college algebra to students who have all gone on to pass their classes, courses and/or standardized tests.
My first proofreading job was as editor of my senior yearbook; my last proofreading experience helped a graduate student from Brown University successfully complete her history papers. I teach English/Language Arts and, in the course of acquiring my master's degree and advanced teaching certification in specific learning disabilities, have written and proofread many papers for myself and peers. My teaching colleagues often seek out my proofreading skills as they complete various written assignments.
Effective writing requires practice and adherence to a complex set of rules that can daunt students of any age. For me, writing is like a puzzle. Do I have the right pieces, the rules and mechanics, to build my sentences? Do my sentences make sense? Do they create a picture that my reader can visualize? I have helped students from grade school to graduate school become proficient writers. Along the way, they have learned the structure of language and that written words follow specific rules.
Study skills fall within the domain of executive functioning skills. I actively pursue professional development opportunities to keep current on research in this area. As a teacher and tutor, I help students learn how to access their executive functioning skills in order to develop more efficient study skills. I hold a dual Master's degree in Elementary (K-8) and General Special Education with a specialist certification post-Master's degree in Learning Disabilities.
An effective writer captures the imagination of the reader. Written words should evoke visual images in the reader's mind, so I work with students to develop visualizing and verbalizing skills. Written words also need to make sense, so I help students learn grammar and parts of speech as well as the structure of writing. One of my fifth grade students recently said, "Hey, this is fun," as he practiced writing sentences, and that's how it should be when you write.
I Could Not Have Passed My Math and Multi-Subject MTELs without Susan's Wonderful Help and Support!! — I can't say enough wonderful things about Susan as my tutor, and now friend. I am truly thankful that I found her, as she was extremely knowledgeable in all subject areas and went above and beyond to make sure that I understood every concept. She catered to my specific learning style (I.e. I am a visual learner, therefore Susan taught me that way) and explained in other modalities if I was still u ...
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