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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.
I recently obtained certification to teach children with Dyslexia. Presently, I am taking the advanced course to enhance my skills to teach children with the condition. I am aware that dyslexia is neurological and cannot be cured. People with dyslexia have trouble understanding the sounds within words which makes it difficult to learn how to read. Often they have a problem understanding what they hear like following directions, putting things in order, or remembering how to put sounds and words together to make words. They also get confused with directions of letters like "b" and "d" or even reverse words like "saw" and "was". Since the condition cannot be cured, the student can get better with a lot of help and practice especially with a tutor.
I have a lot of patience and like to try many different and creative ways of doing a problem or assignment. While taking the dyslexia course, I learned the varied multi-sensory techniques to help the dyslexic student by using all 5 senses of sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing. The child can build words by using tiles or rice. He/she can write letters with shaving cream or paint with paintbrush. Once when I worked in Kids Excel after school program, I helped a girl (not dyslexic) with a spelling word by having her write the letters in the air with her finger. Then I had her spell the word out loud.
I always give students encouragement and believe that they are capable and can succeed. Children with dyslexia unfortunately feel stigmatized; labeled 'stupid'. Matter of fact, a child with dyslexia has a higher IQ than the average student and has many talents. My goal as a tutor is to help nurture those talents as well as help the student broaden their interest in reading.
I have a Masters in Education with an emphasis on Reading, from Long Island University in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Before acquiring my Masters, I took courses in Elementary Education at Mercy College, also in Dobbs Ferry, NY. During that time, I was a Student Teacher for fourth grade and Kindergarten. I was a Substitute Teacher in the 1990's and worked mostly with second through fifth grade. When I arrived in the particular classroom, I would attend to the teacher's lesson plan. Normally I would instruct the students in basic math and reading. When I was a substitute for middle and high school, the students did their work on their own.
I was a volunteer for Project Hope Learning Center in White Plains, NY. I worked as a Teacher Assistant to first and second grade students who were mostly English language learners and helped them with their homework. I even took a small group of students to do reading. We would sit at a table and read a story out loud and I would ask them later what they thought the story was about. When I worked for the Kids Excel After School Program in White Plains, NY, I worked with fourth and fifth graders. Again, I helped the students with their homework. I would sit with a specific group of four students at a desk and assist them when they needed help. Most of their homework would be basic math; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, reading assignments in regard to science and/or history/social studies. I would never give a student an answer to a question he/she is stuck on; only a 'hint'. I feel students need to find the answer themselves and just need direction as to where to find the answer.
I grew up with phonics. During the 1950's and early 60's, my teachers did a lot of sounding out words. Dictionaries were constantly used. I was told to divide words we learned into syllables. I remember marking on paper and on the black board with chalk, a line showing where you separate the word(s). I know that that the word phoneme means sound and grapheme means letter. Blending phonemes is a strategy that involves listening to a sequence of separately spoken sounds to form a word. When I helped students with their homework and they had difficulty reading a word, I had him/her sound out the word and it helped.
I have a Masters in Education with emphasis on Reading. I am NY State Certified to be a Reading Teacher. Recently, I worked at an after school program for White Plains Youth Bureau. I helped students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade with their homework. When time permitted, we would sit in a circle and I would read a story. Each child would get a turn to read. After the story was read, I would ask questions orally and sometimes I would give them a question to do on paper. The question I would ask usually required a creative answer. Starting October 18th (approximately), I will be doing volunteer work 'Reading Buddies' for JCY- Jewish Community Partners- at George Washington Elementary in White Plains, NY.
Eastern Michigan University
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY (Other)
Long Island University, Dobbs Ferry, NY (Master's)
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Sandra will travel within 10 miles of Chappaqua, NY 10514.
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