I am a NYS Certified Teaching Assistant with abundant patience and experience teaching children how to grasp the concepts they need to succeed academically. I have spent countless hours with my own child with learning disabilities, who has become a self-sufficient learner and is now a senior in college with a GPA of 3.5. I believe that the academic excellence of each of my 5 children is attributable to my individualized involvement in their learning from a young age. I have studied the masters of human development and learning; Piaget, Montessori. I have been a "Montessori Parent" for 36 years. I believe in providing a multi-modality environment for learning. Concepts need to be introduced concretely in order for abstract thought to develop and flourish. Creativity, practicality and perseverance all contribute to the learning process. I am, myself considerably a life-long learner. Curiosity always leads to discovery. I understand the diversity of learning styles and can ascertain the best approach to learning.
I have a background as a registered nurse. In hospital nursing, I always gravitated towards patient and family teaching assignments, as well as being a preceptor of new nurses. I also worked for 14 years as a school nurse. I offered extra help to struggling students on my own time. There is nothing that compares to seeing the joy in a child's when they finally "get it".
I recently worked as a Special Education Aide in an elementary school and was unfortunately "let go" along with 67 others, due to budget constraints. I am eager to have a positive influence in the life of children.
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