I started my educational career volunteering when my daughter started school. I now am a retired high school math teacher and principal helping to raise my 4 year old granddaughter. I hold Pennsylvania certifications in elementary education, secondary mathematics, and educational administration.
One of my leadership roles included establishing an in-house tutoring center at my last high school. I used student information (such as test results, classroom grades, student and teacher interviews, and other assessment tools) to determine a level of intervention to help each student become as successful as possible. Some students received mandatory tutoring sessions, while others often came for help as needed. Students were also referred by teachers for help in specific areas. Tutoring sessions were held before, during and after school, and usually lasted 45 minutes to an hour. Student success determined how many sessions were needed, and student feedback was an integral part of the program. An important part of the development and implementation of the program was not only ensuring that students' needs were met, but that relationships were built between the students and their tutors. I both ran the program and participated in the tutoring, and am proud that I still communicate with many of my former students.
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