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I have been working in the area of education for 19 years and neuroscience research for 10 years. Over the years my goal has been to establish positive interactions with students and parents. It is critical to be positive in relating to others. It is also important to have a good sense of humor in life. It is easier to learn if one has fun in the process! I have found that to be true in raising and teaching my daughter, Noelle. Noelle is autistic and has been a blessing in my life. I strive to teach young people just like they were my own son or daughter.
I individualize my tutoring methods according to the student's learning style. An approach which taps into all the senses is a very effective way to reach most learners. Another key in learning is motivation. I have found that a positive approach works the best in fostering motivation. Repetition is a critical factor in learning. In my years in education and research I have found it is best to break a skill in to segments and to practice learning the segments multiple times. It is best to master one segment in the learning chain before moving to the next learning segment.
I have taught a number of ADHD students over the last 19 years as a special education teacher. I incorporated behavioral and organizational skill training. A former ADHD student of mine is now an ESL teacher in Grapevine, Texas. I am very proud of this student.
I assisted graduate students at the University of North Texas in learning neuroanatomy.
I have taught Aspergers students for 19 years as a special education teacher in Texas. My daughter has Aspergers as well. I am currently teaching her social skills.
I taught inclusion biology in 2010.
I took Botany in college and made a B in the class. I have taught Botany concepts in a middle school inclusion class as well.
I have tutored 6th and 7th grade students in discrete(basic) math in a inclusion and content mastery setting in 1996 and 1997.
I tutored in an after school program at Delay Middle School in Lewisville Texas for 3 years (2002-2005) in 6th grade subjects including math, science, reading, and social studies. I also tutored 6th grade students privately. I tutored these students in math, science, social studies, and reading.
I have worked for 19 years with middle school, and high schoolers working on basic math operations (elementary level) in a special education class setting (resource, content mastery, inclusion)in Lewiville and Lake Dallas ISD. I am currently tutoring a 1st grade student in Frisco Texas in math. These elementary math skills include addition, subtraction, fractions, division, multiplication, word problems. I use manipulatives to teach these concepts if my student is a kinesthetic learner.
I may use oral or visual presentations for the auditory and visual learners. Many learners receive a multi-sensory approach.
I taught inclusion Physical Science in 1998 and 2010.
I have a masters degree in General Experimental Psychology from Emporia State University in 1982.
I taught resource reading in 2004 in Lewisville ISD.
I have been a certified special education teacher in the state of Texas for 19 years. I have taught self contained and inclusion classes in a variety of subjects such as Life Skills, Reading, History, and Biology.
I used a great deal of statistical analysis while working in biomedical research from 1983-1989. I was a licensed statistician in the state of Oklahoma in 1982.
I have tutored students in writing in content mastery and inclusion settings in high school and middle school.
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