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.
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