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My teaching experiences range in type and age. I've been a public school teacher for 6 years. I've taught 2nd, 3rd, and I'm currently teaching 4th grade.
I graduated from The College of New Jersey with a K-5 teaching certification in all subjects, a double major (psychology), and I have a middle school math certification, which means I'm highly qualified to teach math K-8.
On the side, I've taught middle school math (fundamentals of math, pre-algebra, algebra 1, and geometry) in a private school during summer months, as well as instructed pre-schoolers-12th graders at Kumon Learning Center. My teaching philosophy, particularly in math, is to teach for deep conceptual understanding. However, I'm also very familiar with giving public school standardized tests and am able to "speed up the process" for the sake of grades and tests.
I enjoy teaching study skills and providing a structure upon which a student can build in his/her future academic endeavors and interests. I'm also open to creating tutoring through new and creative means, such as book clubs or music, or in ways that will tap into personal intelligences in order to motivate the brain. I'm trained in brain-based learning and enjoy differentiating based on the learner's strengths so that the learner has a positive mindset.
I have an active/up-to-date K-5 teaching certification. I've been a public school elementary teacher (grades 2-4) for 6 years. I've done private tutoring, was an employee of Kumon Learning Center, and was a small-group summer instructor for a private school. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education/psychology from TCNJ, and I earned "highly qualified" status for instruction in middle school mathematics, grades 5-8.
I am a certified K-8 teacher in mathematics. Many algebraic and abstract math problems, operational word problems, and geometry proofs/problems require the use of logic. I have a flexible approach to teaching how to use logic to solve math problems using strategies such as diagrams, pictures, list making, equations, and more. I teach math for deep conceptual understanding, which relies on the use of logic and not just the memorization of formulas and the ability to apply them.
Not only am I certified to teach all subjects (grades K-5) in the state of NJ, I have special phonics training from a new & highly effective research-based program named Reading Horizons. I currently use this approach to teaching phonics in my own classroom. This program includes grammar as well, and is not just geared for the younger grades, but scaffolds higher-level phonics & vocabulary up through 12th grade. It is an individualized, naturally differentiated program.
Through my education and teaching experience, I've gained deep insight into how to best motivate students to create strong habits and schedules for themselves. I'm trained in a character education/study habit/life skills program entitled Quantum Learning. This is a research-based program that focuses on brain-based learning in order to assist students in creating healthier, more effective study habits, attitudes, and life skills. It's mostly geared toward 3rd through 8th graders; however, it could be easily adapted to both younger and older students.
I was on the Varsity Tennis Team for two years in high school. Prior to that, I was on the Middle School Tennis Team and took private lessons on a clay court and community recreation group classes. I was a tennis instructor for two consecutive summers at a pool club.
I competed on the Varsity Track Team in high school for four straight years. I was captain of sprints and hurdles during my senior year. I was 14th in the state for high-jumping, and was always invited to compete in county competitions for hurdles (100 meter & 400 meter). Additionally, I also competed in the long jump.
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