Hello! I have a Master's Degree in Reading from Long Island University and am a New York State Permanently Certified Teacher.
I have many diverse interests and have been a member of the World Life Fund and the Special Olympics. I have also always loved to read. Reading and being able to understand what I read is very important in life. Books can take you places you never dreamed of.
I also have a Certificate to Teach Children with Dyslexia. I have a lot of patience and prefer working with either a small group of students or one-on-one.
After some experience as a Teacher Assistant and Substitute Teacher, I took a leave of absence to care for elderly parents and worked in retail. As a returning teacher, I did some volunteer work teaching 1st and 2nd graders at an after-school community center in White Plains. The students were mainly English Language Learners. I worked with small groups, helping them with their homework. Later, we would read a story together and ask them what the story was about. I would then ask the students to write on paper what their thoughts were and draw a picture.
After working at the community center, I worked at an after-school program at an elementary school in White Plains for two and a half years. I helped 4th and 5th graders with their homework. Stories were read out loud. I like to use a 5-Part Process: introduce, read, discuss, connect to one's own life and wrap-up; additionally, students discuss what they liked and/or disliked about the story.
My goal is to help students build literacy skills and deepen/enhance core values of fairness, personal responsibility and respect for others.
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