I have been a tutor and teacher for several years and I have a number of testimonials from my students and their parents. I have worked at a private tutoring center, as well. I take tutoring very seriously and to that end, I spend countless hours planning my student's individualized lessons. Each lesson is tailored to the specific need of each student. If we are reading a book, I have read it first and both the review questions and vocabulary selection are designed to strengthen weaknesses in a specific area. I produce the review sheets. For my SAT students (especially), I create what I call Visual Vocabulary where I attach imagery, where possible, to pump life into those rarely seen and heard SAT words. I talk the talk with my students by using the words with them and encouraging them to use them both in written and spoken form, thus making them their own. Knowledge of grammar is one of my specialties, in addition to being a Dyslexia specialist and Orton-Gillingham practitioner.
The wisdom of my life experiences coupled with my academic achievements and my youthful vigor make me a perfect candidate to tutor your child. My background of entertainment industry production and corporate communications makes ideal to reaching hard-to-reach kids. Raising two sons, both of whom are achieving academic success, is a hallmark of my approach to sharing my knowledge. Parents reading to your young children is a MUST! For older children, verbal communication on current events on an ongoing basis will build their background knowledge which is key to reading comprehension and the ability to inference.
In addition to tutoring students in specific subject areas, I also teach my students to search out answers when they are at a loss, which strengthens their independence and confidence for times when no one is around to tell them what to do. I have a passion for seeing that light bulb turn on in a child's mind and then seeing their eyes light up when they have succeeded after struggling.
My Orton-Gillingham training was achieved through the intensive 2 year Teacher Scholar program at the Fairleigh Dickinson Dyslexia Studies department and my work with dyslexic students is very thorough and comprehensive. I am your best candidate coming to this field as a second career, I bring a fresh, unique perspective and A LOT of energy. I look forward to working with your child.
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