Nice to meet you! My name is Donna and I am a teacher of music (BA) and special education (M Ed), fully certified in the states of New Jersey and Texas. I believe everyone can learn given the right supports and enough time if they are prepared to work hard and change.
Since no book or method of presentation fits all, my specialty is adapting subject matter to fit the needs of students. My ultimate goal is to help students find the tools and techniques they need to teach themselves. I am experienced in teaching students with attention problems and other learning difficulties. During my time as a public school teacher I also taught summer school, high school equivalency and home instruction, where my special education training allowed me to teach a variety of subjects and grade levels.
I have taught students from age two to 70+, and while music is my main content area I also have taught math, social studies and English. My major instrument was flute, although instrumental specialists are trained to teach across the spectrum, including voice. My last position was as an English teacher, which ended up including English singing diction in both pop and choral settings. Currently I am an elementary school music teacher and special education tutor in Collin County.
For a student just having trouble in school, I see myself as extra homework help, someone to assist with study skills and to provide that study-buddy experience some students need. So long as a student consistently comes to the lesson prepared, or at least ready to work, I'll do my best. Contact me with your needs and we'll make it work.
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