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My graduate degree was in special education and in my years of teaching I worked with a number of students with ADD/ADHD.
I found that my graduate training in teaching children with learning disabilities was extremely helpful and applicable to working with children who have Aspergers.
In my early childhood non-categorical special education classes, I worked with children on the Autism spectrum. My background in teaching children with learning disabilities gave me some tools that were helpful.
I have a master's degree in special education with an emphasis on teaching children with learning disabilities. I taught early childhood special education classes and a self-contained class of 4th-6th grade children with severe learning disabilities.
In over three decades with the Chicago Public School system, I taught preschool, kindergarten, grades 1 and 2, as well as special education classes for 4th-6th grade. I had Illinois teaching certificates for elementary and special education.
I have taught math to children from ages three to fifteen and have used many different programs and approaches. Because math is essentially about patterns, sequencing, and logical reasoning, I like to use manipulative and interactive games whenever possible. These keep learners engaged and invite them to apply math concepts in real world situations.
I am an accomplished flautist with over 50 years of experience playing in bands, orchestras, and chamber ensembles.
I studied piano and flute as a child and have had decades of experience performing with various school and community ensembles. Although I do not have a degree in music, I have devoted a great deal of my life to its study and appreciation.
During my tenure as a Chicago Public School teacher, the emphasis for teaching reading was on phonics. Not only did I teach phonics everyday, I also received numerous hours of professional development training the phonics approach to reading skill development.
I have a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education with an emphasis on teaching children with learning disabilities. I also have extensive experience working with children ages 3 - 12 with a variety of special needs.
I tutored high school students and found the biggest challenge for them was study skills. Being organized and purposeful in one's approach to studying makes a huge difference in the results achieved. I also learned this through personal experience as I took classes later in life. In fact I took a non-credit study skills class, which I found extremely helpful.