I've worked in the classroom where I had inclusion of students with learning disabilities, autism, behavioral and learning problems. Before I was a teacher, I was a teacher's aide where I worked with students who have multiple scoliosis, were on wheel chairs due to spinal injuries but were still able to learn at their levels. I've always made it a priority to follow IEPs for all students that were with me half a day or full day, in a regular classroom setting. Creating differentiated lesson plans to meet all the students needs was a priority and the only way to ensure success for all my students. I'm also a parent and know that we want someone that is patient, caring and will work to bring the best in our child. In order to become a NYS certified and licensed teacher, I had to take Special Education courses. My degree and license is in Elementary Education from PreK to 6. I've taught all subjects.
My degree is in Elementary Education with a Bilingual Extension. My early classroom experience was as a teacher's assistant. I later became certified as a teacher and continued working in the field I love, teaching students and working to leave a positive impact on every life, especially a love for learning. I've worked as a Bilingual teacher as well as a regular Monolingual Teacher. I have success preparing students for yearly exams and take great pride in seeing them learn and succeed. My other interests are teaching Art, and bringing in the Arts into the classroom. Technology is also huge in my classroom as it is part of who I am, always using what I need to keep my students interested.
My approach to math is simple and fun. Once I identify the areas the student needs to work on, I find all the necessary resources to make learning time fun! I am a hands on and visual learner. For this reason, using art, technology, and visual aids/manipulative is important to me because its the way I learn best. There are many ways to find an answer and many strategies to use for one problem. I look for ways to help your child find their area of comfort and confidence as they learn to discover and cultivate the hidden mathematician in them. Math can be scary for many students and when we look for ways to make it fun, the challenge becomes one more video game they want to complete. Let me work with your child and help bring out the amazing love for math they never knew was possible.
My life has been blessed with the honor of working with Bilingual students, English Language Learners (ELLs) and students that are ESL (English as a second language learners). As a teacher, my experience ranges from having students from Ukraine, South America, China, Korea, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Ghana. I am fluent in English and Spanish. So, having students that spoke no English from other countries at first, early in my teaching career, was a little scary. I am somewhat of an artist, and was able to use my art and my love for dance to work with these amazing children. They were able to pass their exams and be placed into a regular monolingual class setting. Some students remained in the program for two to three years, as was allowed, because they were still learning and many traveled back and forth during the school year. Later on, I was allowed to open up a Basic Computer Class for adults (parents and caretakers) of students in the school. I had two sessions on Saturdays, for two years. Each class had 24 adult students. The greatest challenge was working with adults that didn't know how to read or write. So, my class became a place where I began to teach basic writing and reading as if we were in a kindergarten class. But, it was wonderful! They opened up to me and we became a big family. My greatest accomplishment, was watching my first year students come back and then start helping the newer adults, and not only help guide through the computer task, but begin to use English, not just Spanish. I had one father who spoke Chinese, but his English was just enough to have simple conversations. I love my language learners, regardless of age, learning stage or ability. We all have gifts and being able to grow together through communication is an amazing treasure indeed. If I tutor your child or come for an adult that needs ESL/ESOL help, I hope you will find that I will go out of my way, using fun conversations, create dialogue, art, creative writing and discussions about life and those things that are interesting to you. My job will always be to help you.
I am experienced in preparing students in elementary grades for state and city exams. I have training with new standard testing requirements. I can teach your child test taking strategies to help them become confident while test taking.
As a teacher and when I was a paraprofessional, I had students with special needs who required help with the most basic daily routines. With great love and patience,as well as utmost respect, I guided and assisted each student to help them become independent writers and thinkers. My approach has always been to win the student through a smile and get them to know they can trust me. Through repetition, eye contact, questions and meaningful interaction, students that didn't want to talk to others, spoke to me like a chatty teen. Students that couldn't do math, began to use their hands to move pieces as I love using art, tactile objects, music and what I can, even toys, to get a student involved and able to learn. IN working with adults, I find that they still need the same love and attention a child does. I will use technology, games and even movement to get the lesson across to the child or adult according to their needs. I will always ask families first what makes the student comfortable. I believe knowing their comfort levels and what may get them to lock me out are important because at the end of the day, what matters is the student receiving what they need most and I will go out of my way, asking, researching, training and doing what I must to meet the needs of each special need in my care.
Students need great study skills in order to achieve in today's classroom. What they practice early on, will become a pattern for success as they enter upper grades, college and even in their personal lives. This is why I believe that children can learn early on to organize, not only in keeping things orderly, but knowing priority, what to do first, next, and last. This goes hand in hand with time management. During a test, they will need to know what to do and remember that they have only a certain amount of time. Planning a strategy from the different strategies learned through experience and hands on in school as well as life. I get my students to decide what their strengths are and what strategies they excel at. Then, we learn to organize and plan knowing they will be timed. Many educators are against memorization, but today's students can benefit from memorizing basic concepts that help them move quickly, for example in math, knowing multiplication facts. Sounds old school, but I believe it can still help many children that need the extra support and confidence.In my classroom as well as in my home, we have a study area designed and set aside for the privacy of enjoying a good book, going online, or being alone to study and do homework. Myself, as well as my kids, can testify that when these little things are put in place, children will want to study and read and do their work. Sometimes children will need a buddy system to better study and I put children to help one another. There are many ways to improve study skills and I will do my best to help your child achieve.