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As a mature mother of two teenage daughters, I have many years of experience with children both in and out of the classroom. I am certified in NJ to teach K-5 all subjects as well as 5-8 Math and 5-8 Science. I am also able to tutor high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II and SAT/ACT prep. My test prep involves not only practice questions and sample tests but test-taking and time-management strategies.
I am currently teaching on a part-time basis and especially enjoy working one-on-one with students. This lends itself to designing instruction suited to the individual needs and learning style of the student. I believe teaching is a creative art. No two students are exactly alike. A good teacher is one who can identify the specific needs and learning styles of her students and design a path for learning based upon those needs. As a tutor, my job is not to review classwork but to find new ways to re-teach and reinforce what was learned in school.
In addition to academic instruction, I am available for sewing, knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, and most other needlework instruction.
I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, have passed the Praxis Exam for Elementary Ed, and have my NJ teaching certificate of eligibility for K-5 Elementary Education. I am currently teaching part-time and especially enjoy working with students in the K-5 age group.
NJ Certification in Elementary Math (K-8). Degree in Elementary Education with Math, Science and Technology specialization. I believe that the use of manipulatives and real-life implementation of math principles improve retention and make learning more fun.
Studying for the Praxis exam (particularly the Elementary Ed Content Knowledge Exam) is all about test-taking strategies and time management. With the exception of Math and to some extent Science, it is difficult to prepare by studying content because the range of possible content is so broad.
I took and passed (the first time) Praxis Elementary Ed Content Knowledge (AKA Praxis II) with a score of 193 and received an ETS Certificate of Excellence for my score. I also passed Middle School Math Praxis with a score of 189, and Middle School Science with a score of 184. (Potential range of scores is 100 to 200 on each exam.)
It is extremely important to manage your time on these tests. It is also important to know how to narrow choices on multiple choice questions, using logic to reason out answers you are unsure of. These tools combined with the knowledge you already possess are key to passing the Praxis, and the best way to prepare is to hone these skills.
When I went back to school, my public speaking class was the most vital course I could have taken. I had a fantastic teacher of public speaking at Brookdale College. I was taught the art of extemporaneous speech. My success in that course was critical to my success as a teacher. Whatever your field, effective communication is vital. I hope more colleges make this a mandatory course regardless of curriculum. Everyone needs this skill. Together with MS Power Point skills, we can all be more effective speakers.
I started sewing at the age of 12, inspired by my older sister's Home Economics project. My first creation was a cotton dress that consisted of 5 pattern pieces. It was not something I could wear in public, but it sparked my interest. I made another dress using the same pattern, and learning from my initial mistakes, it was a little better. But I was hooked. I learned that detail and precision are everything when it comes to sewing. (Press the seams!) I progressed over the years and at this point have done it all. At one point I was making all of my business clothing - this included dresses, blouses, slacks, suits, coats. My favorite thing to do when I got my pay check was to go to the fabric store and see what new material had arrived. After I had children, I expanded into Halloween and class play costumes, stuffed toys, holiday decorations, drapes, duvet covers, pillow shams, and I have even reupholstered a chair or two. Then I discovered quilting...where sewing and art come together.
Wonderful tutor! — Cheryl did a wonderful job working with my son for the SAT. Cheryl helped my son with time management, reading passages, and writing. The results were better than I, or my son, had expected! Cheryl was flexible with scheduling and she listened to our needs and focused on our requests. Based on our results I can only highly recommend Cheryl for her tutoring services. Thank you again Cheryl, we will ...
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