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Megan E.

Springtown, TX

$45/hr

Instructional Aide in Elem/Jr High Math & Special Needs

Background check passed as of 10/23/13
Usually responds in about 3 hours

Instructional Aide in Elem/Jr High Math & Special Needs

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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.

Testimonials

"Excellent tutor!! "

- Bridget, Argyle, TX on 3/25/14
Math:
Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra
English:
Reading, Vocabulary
Science:
Psychology
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers,
Autism,
Dyslexia,
Special Needs
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th),
Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading
Test Preparation:
STAAR, TAKS

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.

ADD/ADHD

I have worked with several ADD/ADHD students before, and I find that they really thrive in one-on-one tutoring. I've read a lot about it as well and try to stay up to date with new articles and strategies to work with these kids. I let them take breaks when they need it, and I try to incorporate different sensory inputs into learning. For example, some kids work better if they can stand up or walk around, I have fidget toys if they work better when their hands are busy, I encourage them to draw to visualize problems, and I often read the questions aloud to students or have them do it depending on their reading fluency. Once it "clicks" with them, they really excel and get excited about learning.

Aspergers

I have Asperger’s myself, so I am quite knowledgeable on the subject. I have worked with several students with Asperger’s as an instructional aide. Students appreciate working with someone who understands their perspectives and needs. Besides academics, I can work with them to identify factors that wear them down or make them less able to focus (bright lights, too much ambient noise, not getting enough sleep, etc.) before situations become overwhelming so they can use coping skills to keep their anxiety down. I can also work on general life skills type tasks like tying shoes or putting away laundry.

Autism

I’m on the spectrum, and I have a brother who is as well, so I know a lot about it. I am a behavior analysis major and we discuss working with individuals with autism in almost every class. I have experience with students in the mild to moderate range. Besides academics, I can work with them to identify factors that wear them down or make them less able to focus (bright lights, too much ambient noise, not getting enough sleep, etc.) before situations become overwhelming so they can use coping skills to keep their anxiety down. I can also work on general life skills type tasks like tying shoes or putting away laundry.

Dyslexia

About half of the students I work with as an instructional aide have dyslexia and I have done a lot of reading on the subject. Depending on the student’s goals and reading fluency, I focus on one task at a time. For example, if we’re doing math, I’ll read the word problems so the student can focus on solving the problem instead of struggling to just read through the question. Sometimes, once the student has the material read to them, they don’t have any problems at all. It’s only reading that stumps them. Practicing reading out loud is important for students with dyslexia because they can often comprehend the information better when they hear it in addition to seeing it even if they are just reading to themselves. Reading to someone who is patient, supportive, and steps in when they get stuck but before they get too frustrated can help boost their confidence.

Elementary (K-6th)

I’m an instructional aide at an elementary school where I work on content mastery with students who are struggling or falling behind. I work in all subjects. I’m often successful at motivating frustrated or discouraged students. I’m patient and try to find the specific methods and strategies that will work best for the individual child.

University of North Texas
Behavior analysis

Education

University of North Texas (Behavior analysis)

Excellent tutor!! — We are very pleased with Megan. I highly recommend her!! My son wasn't initially thrilled about having to see a tutor and now doesn't complain a bit. He appreciates the way she explains things to him and is SO happy about his improving grades and comprehension. She's such a sweet girl and we are happy to have found her. ...

— Bridget, Argyle, TX on 3/25/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Cancellation policy: less than 24 hours notice - 50% charge for your scheduled time. Less than 2 hours notice/no shows - full charge for scheduled time.

Travel policy

Megan will travel within 25 miles of Springtown, TX 76082.


About Megan

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.

Testimonials

"Excellent tutor!! "

- Bridget, Argyle, TX on 3/25/14
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Education

University of North Texas
Behavior analysis

Education

University of North Texas (Behavior analysis)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Cancellation policy: less than 24 hours notice - 50% charge for your scheduled time. Less than 2 hours notice/no shows - full charge for scheduled time.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Springtown, TX 76082

Megan’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra
English:
Reading, Vocabulary
Science:
Psychology
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers,
Autism,
Dyslexia,
Special Needs
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th),
Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading
Test Preparation:
STAAR, TAKS

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.


Background Check Status for Megan E.

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