I have worked with students of all abilities; in a variety of different environments; for about 20 years. I believe every student is able to learn. Finding the key to their learning may take some effort on the part of the instructor. I believe students need to develop their thinking skills, both creative and critical. By developing these skills, they will be better prepared to succeed in the 21st century workplace.
I have developed my own creative and critical thinking skills by be being a part of NH Destination Imagination since 1994. I further honed my skills as an instructor when I attained my M.ED. in Elementary and General Special Education from Rivier, graduating with Highest Distinction. I worked for 11 years for the Nashua School District as a para-educator, and as a Special Educator teaching HS English, developing curriculum to meet the needs and stimulate the interest of the HS Special Needs Learner. I also work as a Special Educator at the elementary level, again developing and modifying curriculum to meet the needs of the learner.
I am trained in the Wilson Language Program. I used it to improve the reading skills of two young people by 1.5 grade levels in 6 months during the 2012 - 2013 school year.
Among my strengths is my ability to develop a good rapport with young people and being very flexible in my lessons. Should I identify a miscomprehension that is interfering with learning I will scrap a lesson to address the need. My ability to develop a strong rapport is a common thread in my letters of reference.
Albert Einstein said; "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.". This quote is a goal I have set and hope to meet with each student with whom I work.
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