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I am excited to meet you and work with your child! I have lived in the Kennett Square area for over 10 years and have worked in many public school districts and private schools in the area since receiving my Elementary and Special Education Certifications. My work in both public and smaller private school settings has been invaluable in offering me the opportunity to work with students of all abilities and interests. I am a registered child yoga teacher and also trained in the Yoga 4 Classrooms program. I am currently working toward my adult yoga teaching certification as well. I use many of the invaluable tools that yoga offers to children in both my classroom teaching and one-on-one tutoring and instruction settings.
My goal as an educator is to guide children to discover who they are as a learner, and to use their strengths and interests to empower them to be self-advocates in the classroom and in their personal lives. I foster an academic environment of mutual respect, building independence and personal accountability. I look forward to helping your child achieve their academic goals and personal success.
Cooking truly does make learning more enjoyable and delicious! It is also a great hands-on way to entice kinesthetic learners. Children learn from doing. Smells and actions help students retain information. Not only do I love to cook and bake, I enjoy finding healthy ways to incorporate cooking into academic concepts. Whether it's firming up fractions or taking part in a food-based experiment to solidify a science concept, I'm your chef! Who knew cooking could help the clarity of your writing? I'm always happy to help a child make a real-world connection through nutritious and delicious foods. Invite a friend and make it a "bake date!"
I have taught educational cooking and baking classes to children for over 4 years. I can also develop sessions to incorporate books and baking to encourage reluctant readers or foster reading skills with vocabulary and learning sight words. I also offer general cooking/baking lessons that focus on following directions, safety, table setting skills and learning more about kitchen utensils.
*Please note that there may be an additional fee for ingredients.
Growing up in a neighborhood, I have worked with children from an early age starting with child care. Due to my strong desire to help others and passion to empower children, I decided to pursue a career in education. I received my Elementary Education certification from West Chester University in 2007, followed by my Special Education certification from Immaculata University in 2009. Since earning my Elementary Education certification, I have taught children from ages 4-11 year round in a variety of educational settings.
Phonics success can aid in making spelling, reading and writing come together for many children. I enjoy facilitating this connection for my students by making it a more enjoyable and self-guided process after the concept is presented. In my classrooms, I structured lessons to guide both group and individual learning and needs through games, other self-selected hands-on activities, real-world connections and cross-curricular applications. In my time teaching, I have been exposed to and taught using a variety of popular phonics and spelling programs such as Words Their Way and Wilson Fundations.
Being a student in this day and age, you can't seem to get through the school day without using some form of "study skill." As an elementary teacher, I feel it is my duty to present students with a variety of strategies to help them learn curricular content, build organizational skills and self-assess along the way. Not every strategy works for every child. In my teaching positions I have developed materials to help students prepare for standardized test taking. I also take the time to get to know each child's learning style and interests to aid in finding strategies that foster stamina and confidence in all school work and assessments.
Mind, body, breath--all are great tools to help your child, both inside and outside of the classroom. Yoga is proven to aid children in coping with the challenges and pressures of academic and social settings. It is also a great way to increase mind and body awareness. I am a registered child yoga teacher and have taught kids, tween and family yoga. Additionally, I have my Yoga 4 Classrooms certification. I find it very helpful to incorporate many of the techniques and concepts of these programs in the instructional setting. It enables children to get to know themselves in a deeper way so that they can discover and accept what does and does not work for them as a learner. As well incorporating these concepts into normal tutoring sessions, I am able to develop custom sessions, using physical and/or mental strategies, focused on your child's specific needs.
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