If your middle school student is struggling with creative or non-fiction writing, grammar, reading comprehension, vocabulary, study skills, standardized testing or any other aspect of his or her language arts instruction, this middle school English teacher would be happy to help!
I have been a fully licensed middle school English teacher since September of 2004. I have a BA in English from Trinity College and a Master's degree in the Teaching of English from Columbia University's Teachers College. I also earned National Board Certification in Early Adolescent English Language Arts in 2009. I taught 7th and 8th grade English and social studies in the New York City public school system for seven and a half years.
I am currently taking time off from the public school classroom to be home with my one-year-old daughter. While I am absolutely enjoying my time at home with her, I do miss the classroom. There is particular thrill that all teachers feel after they help a student understand a concept for the first time. That thrill is magnified when the teacher knows that a student has been struggling with a skill or concept for some time. I miss being able to work with a classroom of students and their parents to help them achieve their goals. Now, I am happy to be putting all of my training and knowledge from the classroom to good use as a tutor.
During my years as a teacher, I worked with a variety of students. From honors students to struggling learners to students with IEPs, I made sure that every child in my class got the appropriate attention and feedback he or she needed. Because of my background in public education, I have a variety of teaching techniques ready to reach students of all learning styles. I will speak to students and their parents to get a sense of how they learn best and what areas of study are most challenging. Then, I will be able to differentiate instruction to that student's unique needs.
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