I graduated from the University of Maryland in 1969 with a major in anthropology and a minor in English and linguistics. I had studied French and Latin in high school, and have a particular interest and strength in languages and in English grammar and vocabulary. I have a Master's Degree in education of the Deaf, and taught at the RI School for the Deaf for 28 years before retiring last year. I also worked as a sign language interpreter at the Community College of RI for 8 years.
At the school for the Deaf I taught in the middle school and high school. I taught Introductory Latin and Roman Civilization, Developmental Reading, English Language Arts, and Writing. I have worked with small groups as well as one on one. As a member of the IEP team for each student, I had responsibility for assessing students' strengths and needs in literacy, and designing English Language Arts curricula to meet their interests and needs. In addition, I have administered individual reading and writing evaluations. I also worked as an English teacher with a home-bound deaf student, and after she graduated I tutored her in preparation for the ACT English and Reading sections.
Since retiring I have worked at an after-school program at an inner-city elementary school, teaching reading comprehension. I especially enjoy working one on one, and am looking forward to providing literacy tutoring tailored to the individual student's reading level, interests, and literacy gaps.
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