Having spent more than 30 years in various sectors of the Education Market, I am a passionate educator with the experience and skills that motivate students to improve their self-esteem and academic performance in all subjects, especially in Reading and Language Arts. Since I left public education and the corporate sector, I have focused my energy on tutoring young children (K-8). Many of my students are Early Readers, Struggling Readers, or Special Needs Students.
Since no two students are the same, I individualize my tutoring sessions to fit the needs of each student. In addition to helping them improve their academic skills, I help them build their self-confidence, learn study skills, and reduce test anxiety. Whether I am assisting students to complete homework assignments, practice classroom lessons, fill in gaps in their math knowledge, read books, improve basic reading, writing, and math skills, or prepare for classroom exams and standardized tests, I provide explicit instruction, immediate feedback, and give them the encouragement they need to succeed.
Throughout my tutoring sessions, I maintain regular communication with my students, their parents, and their teachers. Because I keep my students engaged during our tutoring sessions, they enjoy the learning experience, and parents appreciate my expertise and the quality time I devote to their children.
My patience, sensitivity, warmth, and knowledge of education and psychology allow me to build a trusting relationship with my students, establish a strong rapport with my families, and provide a nurturing experience in which children are able to improve their self-esteem as they develop their reading, writing, and other academic skills. In the process, they also learn organizational skills, study skills, and test-taking skills. I have prepared many students to take tests such as the NJ Ask, the Terra Nova, and other standardized tests.
Prior to private tutoring, I worked as the Education Specialist and Academic Spokesperson for Kumon North America, an after school supplemental program in math and reading. While at their headquarters in NJ, I wrote and spoke on an assortment of educational issues and co-developed a program to teach young children the skills required to succeed in reading. I also focused on Struggling Readers and students with Learning Disabilities. My views on education were widely disseminated to millions of listeners, readers, and viewers in respected media across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. In addition to writing articles, I made numerous presentations at conferences throughout North America. I covered topics such as Avoiding Summer Learning Loss, Building the Foundation for Reading Success, Motivation, Overcoming Homework Hassles, Reading Comprehension, Standardized Testing, Students with Learning Disabilities, and Struggling Readers.
Before I was employed at the educational corporation, I worked in school systems in various capacities. My positions included that of an Educational Consultant, Educational Psychologist, Private Tutor, Program Director, Research Assistant on projects dealing with academic achievement and self-esteem, School Psychologist, Teaching Assistant in statistics, and Testing Specialist. In the past, I was employed by the Beverly Hills Public Schools, the Santa Barbara Public Schools, the Santa Maria Public Schools, the University of California at Santa Barbara, UCLA, and Devereux School, a private residential facility for individuals with Special Needs.
With a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, an M.S. in Counseling, three CA Credentials (including both CA and national certification in School Psychology,) Orton-Gillingham training in Reading, and years of working with thousands of students, parents and educators, I continue to love my work, meet the challenges each student presents, and treasure the meaningful engagement with both students and parents that these learning opportunities afford.
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