I recently graduated from UNT magna cum laude, with a major in applied behavior analysis* and a minor in rehabilitation studies. I have a 3.8 GPA and received honors college recognition. I love animals, and I was involved with the 4-H dog training program for many years where I eventually became a student teacher. I was the valedictorian of my high school class. In the past I have worked as an instructional aide at an elementary school with special needs and struggling students in math and general content mastery. I also work with the junior high math team. I have experience with kids who have special needs, who are gifted (including those who are gifted and have other challenges such as ADHD, Asperger’s/autism, or dyslexia), and kids anywhere in-between. I love teaching. It’s so gratifying to see that spark when a learner masters something they've been struggling with. I enjoy doing task analyses, breaking big tasks and goals down into manageable parts, and figuring out what strategy will work for each individual.
I started tutoring on a volunteer basis in 8th grade. I turned it into a part time job my sophomore year of college. I've worked with all ages, pre-k through college, though I have the most experience with 3rd through 8th grade. I use a lot of praise and positive reinforcement, and I try to guide the student to avoid making mistakes before I have to correct them. This motivates and improves the attitude of students who are frustrated or discouraged. Generally you supply the material that needs to be covered (worksheets, workbook, or homework). Most teachers will be happy to provide you with extra practice materials.
*I know that ABA is a controversial subject in some circles in the autism community, but please don’t let that scare you off if you think I would otherwise be a good match for your child. Feel free to message me if you have questions or concerns about this.
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