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I have worked in education for most of my life, always in ways that look at education differently than the standard school and classroom model. I am an experienced tutor having worked with students of all ages. The majority of my time has been spent working with high school students on both general skills and test preparation for state testing and PSAT/SAT.
I have worked at summer camps, including one for children with developmental disabilities, such as ADD and Autism, and I've tutored children with similar behavioral problems in public district and charter schools in the Boston neighborhoods of Roxbury and Dorchester. Along with tutoring, I developed curriculum and served as a program coordinator for Tutors For All, an education non-profit in Boston. Our programs had direct, noticeable effect on the test scores of our students on the MCAS, the Massachusetts state testing for high school students.
As well as curriculum development, I was responsible for the supervision and management, and helped to professionally develop, groups of college students tutoring one-on-one with students in these schools. I have also worked as an intern in the front office of Codman Academy, a charter school in Dorchester. I have worked with ESL (English as a Second Language) and other students with international backgrounds that have had their language skills improved, while also learning other material.
Currently I am tutoring privately and with a state-funded non-profit in New Jersey, FACT. Some of the students I work with have circumstances in their lives that make learning difficult, but there is definite improvement in their critical thinking, organization, knowledge of crucial material, and reading and writing skills.
I believe that one-on-one tutoring is the most effective way to make 'learning' happen. Working directly with a student allows their needs to be met exactly, making concepts clear that may have been confusing for weeks in school. However we work together, whether as a 'homework tutor', working on test preparation material, or in another capacity, the learning process is tailored individually to each student. Progress will be made on specific learning goals at a noticeable rate that will be made clear by improved performance on homework, classwork, tests and quizzes, and also holistically to the student as an individual.
I worked for several years with Tutors For All, a non-profit in Boston, that works in public charter and district schools to provide one-on-one tutoring. While there, in addition to working with the students, I developed curricula for 1st-6th graders for two different programs. I also currently work with Home Educational Services and FACT of Union County with students with behavioral difficulties, including two first graders and a fourth grader in the last six months.
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