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I'm a talented teacher with ten years of experience in education at different levels, ranging from early intervention to teaching high school music. I have spent the majority of my time working with middle school students in all core subjects and working with students who have special needs. I have my degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education, with minors in Music and Literacy, and I'm pursuing my masters in Reading Education. I have certifications in English, History, Special Education, and Elementary Education. My work experience has included such prestigious schools as the Westtown School, the Benchmark School, as well as many others.
I am passionate about learning, students, and helping students learn, no matter what level, subject, or needs they might have. If you haven't been successful before, I believe there is just a different method you need to try, and I will help find that method. Together, we find your strengths so you're successful. I do my best to make learning fun and personal, and try to teach the subject matter to you in a way that YOU understand.
I have my PA certification in Elementary Education K-6 and have spent three of the last four years working with 6th grade students. I have had many experiences teaching elementary curriculum and elementary aged students.
I have my Pennsylvania certification in English. I'm passionate about language, literature, reading, and writing. I have worked in multiple Middle School English and Language Arts classrooms over the years, recently earning the Educator 500 with co-teachers for the project Poetry with Heart.
I have a minor in music from the well-known West Chester University College of Music. I have taught music for four years at the Westtown School, adjunct faculty, Dept. of Applied Music, mainly in the instrumental capacity, but also in theory and history. My study of music history ranges from the modern to the pre-Baroque, when music was mainly for religious uses of song and chant. I have a a love of the subject, and have also created music webquests and unit projects on musicians and music history.
I have a minor in literacy and am currently pursuing my Masters in Reading with a Reading Specialist Certification. I have taken many courses on phonics, phonemic awareness, word study, and am familiar with Project Read, Read Naturally, Reading Assist, Benchmarking, etc. I have taught phonics directed reading instruction in small groups for three years in previous jobs, and I have also been an assistant teacher at the Benchmark School, which is known for its strong phonetic approach to reading.
I have taken and passed all the praxis exams required to become a certified Pennsylvania teacher, including the general math and reading, the principles of learning and teaching, the elementary education series, the special education series, English, and History. I have been given the ETS Certificate of Excellence on Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam.
I have over five years working with the special needs community as a Learning support teacher, an early intervention teacher, a high school life skills teacher, and subbing with various other special needs populations. Placements and practicums in addition to my paid working experience include:
Schuylkill Elementary School: 5th grade Learning Support classroom;
Elwyn-Davidson School: High school-21 Students with Autistic Spectrum and MR;
Devereux-Kanner Center: Middle school aged students with Autistic Spectrum and MR; and
E.T. Richardson Middle School: 5th grade Learning Support classroom.
I have my PA certification in Special Education N-12, and have many ACT 48 hours spent in trainings to deepen my knowledge of this subject.
I have been a learning support teacher for the past four years, during which I taught an organizational and study skills/ homework/ test prep class every day for three of those years.
I have been a violinist for 20 years. I trained with Molly Renninger Rumsey, and performed with the Immaculata Symphony Orchestra and the West Chester University Symphony Orchestra, as well as worked as a soloist and chamber musician. I taught music for four years at the Westtown School, Department of Applied Music, adjunct faculty, and maintained a private studio in my home for 10 years.
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