I graduated from Virginia Tech in 1993 with a B.A. in English Literature and having a concentration of classes in Child Development. I then moved to Southern California and raised two children, the youngest will be attending University of Alabama this year and I've returned to Blacksburg to help out my mother and be closer to my son and daughter (who already lives here).
During my almost 20 years in California I completed over 40 hours of graduate credit toward a California Teaching Credential focusing on Differentiated Instruction. I began my classroom experiences as a parent volunteer in my son's pre-school and pre-kindergarten classes, but as soon as he began school full-time I started substitute teaching at both the elementary and middle school levels. Before I knew it our local middle school principal asked me to come in full-time as a Resource Program Specialist supporting students with minor learning differences and there I stayed for 12 years! In that time, I was also the teacher of record for one year of general education 7th and 8th grade Sciences; students with minor learning disabilities; students identified as emotionally disturbed; students with behavior challenges preventing them from accessing curriculum in full sized classes; and of course, substitute teaching in all subjects at the elementary and middle school level. Of course, in addition to teaching in the classroom full-time I have also tutored students in multiple subject at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.
I approach teaching and tutoring as a coach. My goal is to teach my clients that they can access any subject once they develop strategies and the self-confidence to do so. Having used a differentiated instruction approach for many years, I am comfortable interpreting and explaining approaches to any subject per a teacher's specific instructions OR to show my clients a number of ways to approach and solve problems. I employ a number of visual organization techniques to help students understand processes behind their assignments. These include idea mapping, color coding, sentence/paragraph/essay organization and breaking down required reading to find the important points for study time. As a educational coach, I promote working toward self-reliance and self-advocacy so that ultimately students move on to taking control of their education.
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