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Vanderbilt University (Education, ESL )
Peabody College of Education (Enrolled)
Hi, and welcome to my page! I am currently majoring in Early Childhood Education and Second Language Studies (ELL) with a concentration in Chinese at Vanderbilt University. My main goal is to help your child develop a love for reading, writing, and math by making learning applicable and fun. I have had experience working in Montessori, Chinese Immersion, ESL, Special Education, and study abroad programs. As a previous Student Member on the Montgomery County Public Schools Curriculum Advisory Board, I am familiar with what is required of each grade level. I can help your child not only catch up, but go beyond what is required to open more doors of opportunity.
I look forward to speaking with you! Hi, and welcome to my page! I am currently majoring in Early Childhood Education and Second Language Studies (ELL) with a concentration in Chinese at Vanderbilt University. My main goal is to help your child develop a love for Read more
Our nine year old, U.S. born son was having quite a bit of difficulty with his language arts skills (reading comprehension, speaking and writing). He is your typical high energy, easily distracted, homework hating child. While my wife was a native Japanese speaker, I was born and raised in the U.S., so when he was even placed in ESOL, I was very upset. With one of my degrees being in English, I thought I could just give him some extra lessons outside of school to help him catch up. unfortunately, no matter what I tried, he could not stay focused. As a last resort, my wife and I decided to try a tutor. We chose Michelle over the other interviewees because of her passion for teaching and effective communication skills. My son also thought she was the most approachable and least intimidating.
For the duration of the summer, Michelle came to our home to tutor our son once a week. At the first lesson, Michelle and my son quickly meshed, but as I had expected (and feared), my son was too comfortable and goofed around and was not very focused. As I was about to walk over there to speak with my son, Michelle impressively switched up her approach and successfully got my son's attention back. Over the following weeks, his language skills began to noticeably improve; as did his desire to work hard (which I feel was the most significant factor).
Michelle maintained regular communication with us and even seamlessly adjusted her lesson plan to incorporate our requests. Not only did Michelle take the time to speak with me after each lesson, but she provided several different methods (personal tutoring webpage, email summary, etc.) through which we could verify his homework assignments and review the task areas that were covered as well as what to expect the following week. On a few occasions, we were out of town (with no access to a computer) and needed some clarification on my son's assignment because he forgot some important details. It was a weekend, so expecting no response, I sent Michelle a quick text message. Within a few minutes, she responded and my son was able to complete his assignment!
Overall, our experience with Michelle and her ability to get through to our son to improve his language skills was significantly better than we had expected (considering the fact that we found her through a website). She is a phenomenal teacher and we would have loved to keep her as our son's tutor through the school year, but she had to get back to school (to become a teacher). She is honest, caring, approachable, strict at the right times and VERY effective! Tutors are not cheap, but after we saw the results, we concluded that the money was VERY well spent. She will provide $100 an hour service for a reasonable market price. I am confident that anyone who is fortunate enough to get worked in to her busy schedule will agree 100%!!
Thank you so much for your kind words; I just heard your son's voice mail the other day, and it was very cute! I hope he has a great school year--if there is anything else I can ever help with, let me know.
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I have had my articles and essays published in Chinese newspapers. My parents are from China, and though I grew up speaking the language, I also have a strong command of teaching Chinese grammar and pronunciation. I have also interned at Potomac Elementary School's Chinese Immersion/Arts Integration program (K/1st Grade). I took the following related classes and exams: AP Chinese exam, I received a 5, and Advanced Chinese II, I received an A.
Having gone through the college application process myself, I can help students seeking undergraduate admission to colleges and universities. I can suggest schools that would be a good fit, as well as help craft personal statements and appeal letters.
I have helped students gain admission to University of Southern California (USC), University of Maryland- College Park, and Bryn Mawr College.
I have taught various math, reading, writing, and science lessons within Montgomery County Public Schools. I was also a teacher's assistant at a Christian Montessori school in Germany (grades K-4, mixed). In the past, I have tutored with Aristotle Circle (formerly Peer2Peer Tutors) and the Chinese American Parents and Students Association (CAPSA).
I taught handwriting to young children (K/1st) at a Montessori school in Germany. My approach to teaching handwriting is very systematic--I teach letters in a certain order and use the "House" method. I also teach students how to angle their paper and properly grasp their pencil. These methods apply to both print and cursive.
Reading is one of the most important "building block" skills necessary for success in our society today. I teach a mix of phonics, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, vocabulary expansion, and fluency. Currently, I am a Literacy TA at Asian American Lead in Washington, D.C.
I am passionate about helping children with special needs reach their highest potential. I have taught students with visual impairments, ADD/ADHD, and autism. During the school year, I volunteer with at-risk children from the Edgehill Methodist Church, where many of these children have high incidence disabilities. Some methods I use include Direct Instruction and Applied Behavioral Analysis.
I am also familiar with the process of acquiring accommodations (IEP/504) for school and testing (College Board/American College Testing) purposes.
I have written educational blog content for Aristotle Circle and was a regular contributor to the school newspaper. In my free time, I write poetry and children's books.
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