Hi, I am a certified teacher in the areas of special education, secondary social studies, and as an ESL program specialist. I have five years of classroom experience working with middle and high school students with learning disabilities, autism, and ESL. I currently have an M.Ed. in Secondary Education and am working on a second M.Ed. in Special Education. I have taught ESL to adults for a year and have substitute taught in a GED class multiple times throughout the year as well. I achieved two Bachelor of Arts degrees in my four-year undergraduate education, one for studies in Political Science and the second for Communication Studies. I enjoy reading and writing, proofreading the work of others and have had former students contact me to proofread their work for them because they know I will help them get that A! Not only do I proofread, but I explain WHY there is an error or a change should be made - which is part of learning and will improve your writing skills.
In addition to the academics, I also enjoy music, having started to play the flute in third grade and continuing throughout my undergraduate experience into adulthood. I started playing with a private tutor and improved my skills in high school and college through private instruction. Music is an important part of learning and it pains me to see schools eliminating such programs. Did you know you use both sides of your brain simultaneously while you play an instrument? Additional research has also shown an increase in math scores for students who play instruments.
Because of my background in special education, my primary field of education, I have many strategies to assess and mold my teaching to the needs of the individual student. I believe in Direct Instruction Methods of teaching. This means progressing through stages of learning by using manipulative materials (such as BaseTen Blocks), visual representations, and then progressing to the abstract forms of learning. My studies at Lehigh University have helped me enhance my math skills and knowledge and I have already used my studies to help GED students understand fractions (they really aren't as scary as they seem!). It's both rewarding and exciting to see students grasp and master a concept that has baffled them for years.
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