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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.
I am a teacher certified by the Fairleigh Dickinson university Dyslexia Studies program to teach children and adults with specific learning disability also known as dyslexia. This is my area of expertise and I have tutored multiple students and achieved successful improvement on their reading and writing bringing them to grade level and beyond. I also am able to assess potentially dyslexic students and provide information on what a students' weaknesses potentially are. I love my work teaching my students to retrain their brains through multisensory, systematic, sequential approach to learning phonemes, affixes, roots and structural analysis. Once mastered students have tools to help them to read better. They also have tools for word attack when meeting unfamiliar words through adulthood.
I have NJ state certification as a K-8 elementary school teacher. I currently work in two schools - one is Elementary pre-K through 4, and the other school is grades 6 through 8. My rapport with my students fosters an attitude of love of learning. Coming from a background of a variety of life experiences, I bring a great deal of wisdom to the table. Basically, I have the knowledge and personality to reach all of the students I encounter, regardless of their attitude about learning. I make learning fun and relevant.
I have been a professional photographer for 20 years and I have owned my own business for 11 of those years. My specialties are portraits, events and a variety of photo journalistic jobs. As photo manager for Showtime Networks for close to 10 years, I worked with a variety of creative directors and talent to achieve award- winning photo product for the company. Prior to that I was a photo editor for Life Magazine, the monthly, before it's demise. I have curated several photo exhibits of my own work and that of others. Photography is my first love and remains a passion of mine. I am certified by the state of new jersey to teach photography.
Reading is required for success in every area of school and life. I have the tools and training to take your child(ren) to the top of their potential. I start with baseline testing to see where they are and then monitor their progress with a flow chart. I teach my students to build up their reading skills one step at a time with a multi-sensory, systematic, sequential approach. If they have trouble decoding, which is often a barrier to fluency, I am able to introduce letter sounds and phonics while building their background knowledge.
SAT writing and reading go hand in hand. My approach to teaching struggling readers and writers is a very multi-sensory, systematic, sequential, hands-on one, with a proven success rate. I teach my students how to digest text blocks in order to quickly assess the key points. Repetition and use of new vocabulary words in everyday dialogue with friends and family is another way to make it stick. Finally, I try to interest my students in books that they are interested in reading because the more they read, the better they will read AND write.
Very responsive, tailors instruction, connects well with children — My son is already saying how much the tutoring is helping him get on track over the summer. He is more positive about his capabilities in approaching the new school year. He really likes "Miss Deirdre", and she works very hard in preparing materials that will specifically benefit him. This is impressive given how reluctant he has been to practice writing skills. She also has helped in developing i ...
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