My name is Kathy. I was a teacher for 21 years for Clear Creek ISD. I was name Teacher of the Year in 2002. I have several years of experience tutoring students. I have a passion for teaching! I also have a great deal of experience working with students who are at-risk, dyslexic, or just reluctant learners. I have a unique ability to motivate students through my own enthusiasm for learning. I think you can see from my photo that I have a rather dynamic personality. I use creative and high interest strategies to instruct my students. I have a performing arts background which I put to good use when working with students. I have a vast amount of personal resources such as literature, manipulatives, and materials for hands-on instruction. I have had many parents tell me that their children hated to read until they had me as their teacher. I am aware of the stress that is put on today's students because of tests such as STAAR. In all my years of teaching, I only had one student not pass one portion of the state tests. I am able to teach the students test taking strategies as well as the ability to help the student use higher level thinking skills that are essential to passing these state mandated tests. I am certified for gifted/talented students as well. These higher level skills include analyzing, synthesizing, drawing conclusions, and predicting outcomes. I am highly trained in the latest teaching philosophies especially in the area of brain-based instruction. In an 8 year period, I attended 760 hours of teaching workshops. I hope this indicates to you that I am a dedicated instructor that strives to make a difference in each student's life.
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