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Over 40 years of experience as a teacher and school principal, I have had the privilege of working one-on-one with hundreds of students, helping them to master skills, deepen their understanding of subject matter, and develop a love of learning. My background in psychology and cognitive development enables me to understand each student's learning style and to utilize materials and techniques that will ensure success. I quickly establish warm, personal relationships with my students, and sincerely enjoy getting to know each one as an individual. I am gentle and kind, but also set clear expectations and limits.
I have taught all subjects in grades k-8, and particularly enjoy building strong reading, writing,and math skills. I have a wide range of teaching strategies and materials at my disposal and can easily adapt to each student's needs. I encourage creative thinking and enjoy engaging in meaningful conversations that stimulate imagination and understanding.
I have taught and supervised students on the autistic spectrum for the past 30 years. I have modified curriculum, developed specialized materials, and modified the learning environment to enable students with Asperger's to succeed not only in academic subjects but also in communications skills and interpersonal relationships. My graduate work in education included both theory and practical experience with students with Asperger's syndrome.
I have been a Jewish educator teaching Bible in both Hebrew and English for the past 40 years. I encourage a critical/historical reading of the text, utilizing both ancient and modern commentaries. I encourage my students to engage in source criticism, literary analysis, and comparative studies of other religious texts.
I have been a teacher and a school principal for grades K-8 for the past 40 years. I have taught all academic subjects, using principles of brain-based learning. I differentiate instruction to meet the needs of each student.
I have taught all Hebrew subjects, including reading,conversation, biblical texts,and prayer to students of all ages for the past 40 years. I have been a teacher and a school principal for Hebrew schools, and hold a National Principal's License. I have conducted teacher training workshops on methods of teaching Hebrew, and have trained and supervised many teachers. I am adept at using technology to enhance Hebrew language teaching.
I have had undergraduate and graduate training in working with students with special needs, and have worked with students who have dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, and emotional challenges. I am currently teaching students with special needs in my part-time job, modifying the curriculum, preparing specialized learning materials, and providing structure and reinforcement, as well of lots of encouragement. I am skillful in discussing children's learning needs and progress with their parents.
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