I am a retired school teacher and administrator whose career focused on working with young people from grade 7 through graduate school. I worked with teachers to help them improve their teaching, and with the NYS Education Department to design some of their tests. I know that I can help students achieve a good score on a NYS standardized test while at the same time increasing their enjoyment of learning, ability to perform well generally in school, and feel competent and confident with respect to the basic school(and life) requirements of mathematics and reading/writing.
I have taught in New York City's SEEK program helping under-prepared high school students manage the college experience, as well as teaching both social studies and mathematics in a Brooklyn High School. I directed the dropout prevention program Liberty Partnership in St. Lawrence County, and trained tutors to engage the whole students, not just rote memorization of what might be on a particular test. For eleven years my work included training teachers, working with test design, providing support for and scoring the many different NY State tests.
I believe in treating young people with respect, using my knowledge as a support for their efforts to figure out mathematical and language meaning at their appropriate level.
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