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Pamela M.

Mckinney, TX

$50/hr

reading/writing, special needs with Montessori training and experience

Background check passed as of 10/11/11
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reading/writing, special needs with Montessori training and experience

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My name is Pam . I have a Masters Degree with a focus on reading and an International Montessori degree. Let me make a difference in your child's learning potential. I believe all children have the capacity to learn, if interested, positively challenged and supported through rehearsing, and learning new ideas and concepts. Students do not fail, rather we, as teachers fail to observe and learn how to support and direct each child's innate ability, interest and style. Being a former Montessori teacher and administrator for over 30 years, I have interacted with all ages, learning styles, modalities (visual, auditory, tactile) and special needs challenges which all people possess, but can learn how to over come or use to their success. As a positive motivator I focus on behavioral interventions to improve overall learning and/or specific deficits. I have had long term hands-on experience with children who specialists said couldn't or wouldn't become fully educated. Some children have short term memory challenges, but can learn with patience, repetition, and creativity on the part of teachers and tutors. Once a child tastes success,she become a doer and learner who wants to succeed. A positive attitude toward learning is essential to long term success. Clinical observation and positive interaction are key to gaining every child's trust to demonstrate what s/he knows and doesn't. I teach to what children know first and support and direct the challenges once my students trust me. I have worked extensively with pre-reading and early reading challenges, using invented spelling, phonics and whole language. I believe reading and writing should go together and develop simultaneously. The more children read, the more they know, and the better they spell and write. Being a Montessori teacher, I know how to teach math, using the base of ten. I like to ask first, then show how numbers repeat and create a sequence on which to depend, unlike the English language which is so random. Although learning facts is important, it is also important to understand how numbers work. Many strategies can be employed to find an answer. There is not only one way, but many, if one is taught to think, problem solve, and learn from others. I have also tutored older children to use outlines, read for content, information and long term learning across the curriculum. I have tutored children who have health challenges and injuries and can support teacher assignments in most areas. I love working with kids and try to instill organization, independence, an internal need to know and do, and a love of the learning process, as well as facts. I have taught across the pre-K-6th grade curriculum and can support learning through projects, reports, or fill in the blanks. I once tutored a 14 year old boy in ROTC and learned everything I didn't know about the lettering on planes and how to clean a gun. So, I learned right along with my student who scored an A on his test when he returned to school after eight weeks out due to his leg injury. I love to learn and pass on my learning to others. I have taught Montessori principles and materials to countless students and adults. I do not necessarily need the materials to share the positive aspects of a Montessori education. I have been finger printed, and know CPR and 1st aid. My resume is available on request.

English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Biology, Botany
Computer:
General Computer,
Microsoft Word, Photography
History:
Geography
Music:
Ear Training
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics,
Special Needs
Business:
Accounting, GRE, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Accounting, Biology, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
GED, GRE, MCAT
Sports/Recreation:
Sewing
Corporate Training:
Accounting, General Computer,
Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Elementary (K-6th)

As a former Head of School and teacher in a Montessori school for 30+ years, I have interacted with hundreds of children K-6. When not teaching, I worked closely with the teachers, students and parents, insuring each child was on or above grade level. All of the students in my school tested above average across the curriculum and transitioned easily to the top of the class whether in public or private school. This includes many children who were labeled special needs.
I believe my students did so well because they learned how to learn, had great study habits and became global learners who could focus on specifics when needed. Most became independent learners who enjoyed learning, knowing and doing.
Being realistic, some students struggled in certain areas until they realized their own self worth and came to terms about learning certain facts or rules which could propel them forward toward abstract thinking. Sometimes we avoid what we think is hard, only to realize we have the ability and drive to succeed. I believe it is my job to clinically observe, interact, and share my observations with my students to help them realize what the problem is they are facing. Once the challenge is defined and broken into small parts, the majority of students can succeed.
I believe all students can learn if given the tools, support and motivation.
Active learning is the key to success.
Not all children learn the same way, therefore as teachers or tutors, we must figure out each child's learning style (auditory, tactile, visual) and teach to that strength whenever possible. Success builds success and propels the learner to do more.
Reading is key to long term success, as reading is necessary in all subject areas. Therefore, if a child can't, or won't read, we need to focus why and provide ways for the child to become successful.
I have a Masters with an emphasis on reading. I have a strong phonics background from Montessori training, as well as a focus on whole language from a year long course I took in Boston with Don Holdaway. I believe reading and writing should go hand in hand to enable students to get their ideas on paper. I try to propel students forward by initially focusing on interests and strengths, then build up any weaknesses.
Children are our future and need to reach their potential. I am here to help each child become successful across the curriculum.

General Computer

I bought the first MAC computer in 1984; the one that was 128K, with no internal memory! What a difference a few decades make.
I believe the computer will someday soon replace paper and pencil and unfortunately maybe even books, except for the die-hard readers who need to feel the pages.
There seems to be nothing that can not be found on google. The answers are at our finger tips.
Kids are so lucky today, no tedious rewriting ideas on paper. Spelling can be done for us, as well as grammar.
Computers are logical machines that help us to think and do things in sequence. The programs are a gift, helping us to outline, do resumes, spreadsheets, anything we need.
I would be comfortable tutoring beginners.

Phonics

My name is Pamela Malboeuf. I have a AMI Montessori degree and a Masters in Education. I worked in a Montessori School for 30 years. I believe a solid base of phonics with some whole language prepares almost every student to become a successful reader.

I have many strategies for teaching phonics and believe with clinical observation and the sequenced learning of sounds, blends, word families and irregular words, etc. I can help your child become a successful reader. Around second/third garde it becomes necessary to move from learning to read, to reading to learn information, content, and directions. Life long readers become learners with an "I can do it" attitude. A positive attitude propels us all to attempt new things, including using reading to accomplish everyday tasks in life.

Let me become a supporting partner in your child's reading progress. I will work with your child's teacher and support homeork if needed. I will analyze where your child is currently and help him fill in the missing parts to move forward.
I will try to make learning phonics fun utilizing charts, active learning and games.

Photography

A photograph can instantly relate more about a subject than thousands of words can accomplish. I have been interested and fascinated with photography for my entire life. When I first founded a school 30+ years ago, I wanted to document my students' interests and successes, so I signed up for a photography course. Many years later, I still use the basics I learned.
Light and shadow can make or break an interesting subject or arrangement. There is a critical time to shoot a picture and if missed the essence will not be captured.
I look for unique placement of objects or people in the environment; a juxtaposition of reality.
I believe, photographing children is easier than adults, as most children do more interesting faces and poses than adults. Candid photos reflect emotions, attitudes, and a moment in one's busy life.
The camera's varying speeds are critical to learn to use, as waiting for a slow shutter speed can lose the moment or pose.
I have worked with many artists who use photographs to refer to, to achieve just the right light, expression or color. One artist drew a grid on a canvas and then drew parts the photograph into each square, thereby representing the exact photo into his painting.
Black and white photography can be more captivating than color, as they grays accent the subject matter.
Our environment is constantly changing. Photographs record small, subtle, and intimate details and happenings that often are observed but not really seen in our busy visual world.
I would love to share my passion of finding just the right subject, place or thing to photograph, thereby "freezing" that moment in time.

Sewing

My name is Pamela Malboeuf. I have been sewing since I took a Home Economics class in high school, over 30 years ago.
If you want or need to learn how to use a sewing machine I can help.
I used to make my kids clothes and some of my own when I worked in a fabric store in Florida.
Reading a pattern my seem overwhelming, but it is very straightforward, as long as you follow the directions.
Having the right tools such as a pinking shears, ruler/tape measure, long headed pins and lots of different gauge needles is a must. Start easy and work up as you learn to keep seams even and pick forgiving cotton fabric.
I look forward to sharing my skills and experience with you in the near future.

Special Needs

My name is Pamela Malboeuf. I have spent my life time learning how to support special needs learning for my own child and students in my former Montessori school, as well as children I have tutored. As a former Head of School, Curriculum Coordinator and teacher, I believe we all have special needs.

I first became interested in Special Needs in High School as a community service project. My volunteer work consisted of helping a teacher who was responsible for teaching a special needs student life skills. This experience propelled me to explore different teaching process and methods.

I focused on the Montessori Method of learning and became an AMI Montessori teacher, founder, and believer.I also have a Masters with a focus on reading.

I have experience with most special needs challenges. I worked extensively with a student who was diagnosed with autism at two years old. The family invited me to observe and interact with the specialists they hired. I watched him develop from a remote, undisciplined, out of control child, to a caring, interactive, above grade level individual over three intensive years. He is in college today and has relationships with his parents and friends. Early diagnosis, ABA and floor time made the difference in this child's life and mine.

I have also read many books about ADD and ADHD over the last 25 years. I have lectured to parents and teachers about hands-on ways to support positive behavior and learning. My daughter was diagnosed with ADD at 11 by Mel Levine. Twenty years ago there was a label, lots of medicine, but little data on how to interact to positively change behavioral and learning challenges. I understand a parents fear and overwhelming feeling of having a child with severe attentional issues, as it affects every aspect of their learning success, not just in school, but also in sports and with friendships. I have walked the walk and can now talk the talk with many success stories, including my daughter who is now a professional with a Masters in Special Needs, working with autistic children.

I believe there are many easy things to do to help non-focused children succeed. Some are: speak clearly, slowly,use eye contact, and expect what you ask to be completed. Use a chore chart, graphs, and instant rewards to insure success. Put reminders where easily seen, and break complex tasks in many simple steps. Don't give up. Say what you mean and mean what you say. You must gain respect before your child will trust you to not let him fail. Use a timer to get tasks accomplished and have charts and graphs available on whatever topic your child is studying.

I have worked with children and learned from specialists in the areas of sensory integration, low IQ, dyslexia, discalcula, apraxia, and severe behavior problems. I have supported parents of children with bi-polar, food and sleep disorders, impulse control, anger management, socialization, divorce and death. Distraction and depression leads to learning challenges even if they never occurred prior to the specific life challenge.

I also have an advocacy certification from Massachusetts Federation of Child Care. I learned how testing results, bell curves, and inadequate results labeled children and prevented them from succeeding. I also learned how to read testing results and letters from psychologists and specialists to be able to positively interpret and intervene to get children the support and direction they needed to move forward.

Let me partner with you, as parents, to make a difference in your child's productive life. Lets observe and think "out of the box" to let no child fail or be left behind.

Study Skills

My name is Pamela Malboeuf. I have a masters in education and 30+ years of Montessori teaching. We are not born with study skills, but must learn them through order, sequence and repetition. Students who know how to learn move through school almost effortlessly.

I have learned many strategies for helping children acquire study skills. Students who try to accomplish assignments without thinking about what they need to have to support the assignments waste too much time and distract themselves from the real assignment. They become overwhelmed and frequently give up. You can not bake a cake without first making sure you have all the ingredients, preheat the oven, and prepare the ingredients exactly as the directions dictate. Realizing you do not have the correct pan will potentially change the outcome, making the cake too flat or too thick to bake evenly. Patience is another trait one learns over time. Mapping out the time frame needed to complete the assignment or project is an organizational skill we all must learn. Some projects can not be completed in one sitting.Many need to be done over time.
Let me help you or your student learn to focus and be organized, get a learning plan to defeat procrastination, and use a planner to get assignments done on time, in a positive way. Many students get low grades due to lack of study skills, not intellect. I believe every student can improve their grades through focused study skills and positive use of time.

Lesley College
education
Lesley College
Master's

Education

Lesley College (education)

Lesley College (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Travel policy

Pamela will travel within 15 miles of Mckinney, TX 75070.


About Pamela

My name is Pam . I have a Masters Degree with a focus on reading and an International Montessori degree. Let me make a difference in your child's learning potential. I believe all children have the capacity to learn, if interested, positively challenged and supported through rehearsing, and learning new ideas and concepts. Students do not fail, rather we, as teachers fail to observe and learn how to support and direct each child's innate ability, interest and style. Being a former Montessori teacher and administrator for over 30 years, I have interacted with all ages, learning styles, modalities (visual, auditory, tactile) and special needs challenges which all people possess, but can learn how to over come or use to their success. As a positive motivator I focus on behavioral interventions to improve overall learning and/or specific deficits. I have had long term hands-on experience with children who specialists said couldn't or wouldn't become fully educated. Some children have short term memory challenges, but can learn with patience, repetition, and creativity on the part of teachers and tutors. Once a child tastes success,she become a doer and learner who wants to succeed. A positive attitude toward learning is essential to long term success. Clinical observation and positive interaction are key to gaining every child's trust to demonstrate what s/he knows and doesn't. I teach to what children know first and support and direct the challenges once my students trust me. I have worked extensively with pre-reading and early reading challenges, using invented spelling, phonics and whole language. I believe reading and writing should go together and develop simultaneously. The more children read, the more they know, and the better they spell and write. Being a Montessori teacher, I know how to teach math, using the base of ten. I like to ask first, then show how numbers repeat and create a sequence on which to depend, unlike the English language which is so random. Although learning facts is important, it is also important to understand how numbers work. Many strategies can be employed to find an answer. There is not only one way, but many, if one is taught to think, problem solve, and learn from others. I have also tutored older children to use outlines, read for content, information and long term learning across the curriculum. I have tutored children who have health challenges and injuries and can support teacher assignments in most areas. I love working with kids and try to instill organization, independence, an internal need to know and do, and a love of the learning process, as well as facts. I have taught across the pre-K-6th grade curriculum and can support learning through projects, reports, or fill in the blanks. I once tutored a 14 year old boy in ROTC and learned everything I didn't know about the lettering on planes and how to clean a gun. So, I learned right along with my student who scored an A on his test when he returned to school after eight weeks out due to his leg injury. I love to learn and pass on my learning to others. I have taught Montessori principles and materials to countless students and adults. I do not necessarily need the materials to share the positive aspects of a Montessori education. I have been finger printed, and know CPR and 1st aid. My resume is available on request.

Education

Lesley College
education
Lesley College
Master's

Education

Lesley College (education)

Lesley College (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Mckinney, TX 75070

Pamela’s Subjects

English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Biology, Botany
Computer:
General Computer,
Microsoft Word, Photography
History:
Geography
Music:
Ear Training
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics,
Special Needs
Business:
Accounting, GRE, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Accounting, Biology, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
GED, GRE, MCAT
Sports/Recreation:
Sewing
Corporate Training:
Accounting, General Computer,
Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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