This is my seventh year teaching at the elementary and middle school levels. I hold a dual Master's degree in Elementary (K-8) and General Special Education with a specialist certification post-Master's degree in Specific Learning Disabilities. 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. Tutored students include school-aged through adult, college and vocational.
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.)
For English, 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 teach E/LA to fourth through sixth 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 six through eight in which lessons were differentiated, but closely followed the classroom curriculums. I am a certified educator with highly qualified teacher status, a master's degree in education and advanced certification in specific learning disabilities.
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 WyzAnt and several schools and programs in NH. I currently teach elementary and middle school (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.
As a literacy specialist in both elementary and middle schools (grades 2 through 6), 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 and have years of experience tutoring this content area through high school and college.
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.