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Penn State University (Political Science)
Hawaii Pacific University (Master's)
Oxford - TEFOL, TESL, TESOL, ESOL Certification (Other)
My teaching style is cooperative and participatory whether they are adults, teenagers or younger children. I assume my students are self-motivated to learn, improve and have fun! I use traditional classroom methods as well as visual and auditory re-enforcement, real life examples and the occasional field trip. I teach all levels of students and specifically instruct Geometry, Writing, and Science - Physical, Life, Earth Sciences. Most of my students are ESOL as well so we incorporate learning English as part of the main subject.
I am a U.S. Citizen born in State of Virginia, but have lived all over the country and traveled worldwide. I am a mother of two daughters that have been educated in the PWC school district. In addition, I have a child on an IEP for a learning disability. I have been a Girl Scout Leader and volunteer for over 5 years. Also, I volunteer as a CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children (thus I have been background checked by court system).
I am located in the Northern Virginia - Manassas region.
My undergraduate degree is from Penn State. My first Master's Degree is from Hawaii Pacific University. I am working on a 2nd master's degree/PhD at Regent University in Special Education (Learning Disabilities, Autism, Emotional Disabilities). I am also certified to teach ESOL students.
Please contact me and let me know how I can help you improve your knowledge and skills. My teaching style is cooperative and participatory whether they are adults, teenagers or younger children. I assume my students are self-motivated to learn, improve and have fun! I use traditional classroom methods as well as visual and auditory re-enforcement, real life examples and the occasional field trip. I teach all levels of students and… Read more
My daughter struggles with ADHD; a complicating issue when it comes to schoolwork and organizing. Nonetheless, after this school year, my daughter is heading into the 8th grade having gone from failing grades in Math, English, and Science to achieving an above average report card with a couple of A's, several B's, and only a couple of C's. We are thrilled as parents to see how well she has benefited from Kristen's tutoring. As a plus, we decided to get our other child included into the tutoring sessions, and he also struggles with ADHD. His organization skills were a mess and he was failing badly in 8th grade Algebra I. He now has excelled so much since the tutoring started, he is heading into the 9th grade this year and being placed in "Advanced Placement" courses. Every single course is AP, with exception to extra-curricular. We can't thank Kristen enough for making a miraculous difference in our children's education.
Kristen is a wonderful tutor. She is very dedicated and easy to speak with. My daughter enjoyed our teaching sessions with her! I recommend Kristen highly!
Kristen is a great tutor. She was responsive and very professional. She was able to identify our son's area of weakness and to help him find ways to address it.
Kristen is an excellent tutor. She is highly organized and knows exactly how to zero in on problem areas and refocus the student. She's been with us for two months and my son's interim report card is a direct reflection of her dedication and guidance. We are all learning from her and we couldn't be more pleased with the results.
Kristen by far has exceeded my expectations for tutoring my son. He is an IEP student enrolled in a PWCS high school. One of his major challenges is dyslexia and she was able to identify and work with him to take on this challenging subject for him. She has a unique ability to tailor her session to meet all children's needs. I was able to witness this when she led a group tutoring session for multiple students in preparation for this years final exam for that subject. I am grateful to have been able to find Kristen through WyzAnt tutoring and she has far surpassed and other tutor my son has met with for geometry. Thank you Kristen for all of your help and advice in getting him through this school year.
It was a tough year for my son when it came to Geometry. Since he did not understand the basic vocabulary that comes with the class, it was difficult for him to truly understand the rest. Kristen made sure that not only he understood the vocabulary but also demonstrate comprehension. She created games, flashcards, and took her time with him. I'm grateful for what she was able to do with him this school year and will definitely have her tutor my son next year.
I have an 8th grader who attends school but was ahead of some of her classmates in math so the school encouraged my daughter to move ahead of the class and complete a geometry course thru a home study program. She was half way thru the program and seemed to need help. I found Kristen by chance and couldn't be happier. She came in, immediately went to work and dissected my daughters course materials. Was able to quickly establish what my child had already mastered and where she was having difficulty. I thought we need her at least twice a week but she accomplished a lot quickly and once a week will be perfect. Thank you Kristen!
Our 8th grader is an honor student and does great in school but needs practice with his writing, especially as many high schools request writing samples for scholarships and even entry. Kristen gave our son a great base for starting, clear directions, and excellent feedback. She was professional but fun and was good at keeping him on task. Overall it was a wonderful experience and we plan to ask her to start working with him on a regular basis.
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I am a Special Education Teacher for 7th and 8th graders (yet have taught 9th to 12th grades as well). I work in a self contained classroom including Austic as well as Aspergers students. My classes include all types of Learning Disabled students (ADHD, ADD, Vision Processing, Cognative Processing) as well as Emotionally Disturbed students. I hold a Provisional Special Education License from Commonwealth of Virginia as well as Master's Degree work in Special Education.
I currently co-teach American History. My original degree is Political Science. Basically...I LOVE this stuff! The Virgina SOL standard questions require students to extrapolate information before being able to answer the question in front of them. Hence some students need help with re-enforcement of information from class as well as test taking hints to do well on class assessments AND the SOL. And it is my job to fill in those blanks!
TESOL/TESL/TEFL/ESL Certification - Oxford Seminars, May 2011
Geography is much easier to understand when you have traveled the world. As a avid traveler world wide I can help bring this subject alive for you. That way you can make real world associations with what you are learning in class and then translate them onto your assessments.
I have been teaching Geometry with in a self contained classroom for students 9 to 12 grade. Specifically teaching to the Virginia curriculum with objective of passing the VA SOL. The key to geometry is reading comprehension, vocabulary and APPLYING that vocabulary to the problems presented. The applied knowledge is usually the hardest for most young students grasp.
As a Political Science major I studied all ares of the social sciences. Government, politics and civics studies make up some of the areas of the political science. If you are a middle school or high school student in Virgina then you are required to pass classroom assessments and the SOL. Those tests need you to extrapolate information prior to choosing a final answer. I can help ensure you know the background information as well as the question information. If you are a college student I can help you fill in the blanks where the professor might not have been absolutely clear. Plus assist with correctly writing answers how college professors want to see them in those little blue books.
I am Special Education teacher in Northern Virginia. I have taught high school and am set to teach middle school (8th grade) this fall. I specifically deal with learning disabled students. To help them discover how they learn and to teach them HOW to learn for themselves. I understand accommodation however not exception. LD students need to know "normal" and not have everything excused for them. I am able to give special attention to those with vision processing issues such as my daughter.
The TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.
It was developed to address the problem on ensuring English language proficiency for non-native speakers wishing to study at American universities. It has become an admission requirement for non-native English speakers at many English-speaking colleges and universities. Additionally, institutions such as government agencies, licensing bodies, businesses, or scholarship programs may require this test. A TOEFL score is valid for two years and then will no longer be officially reported since a candidate's language proficiency could have significantly changed since the date of the test. Colleges and universities usually consider only the most recent TOEFL score.
As a double liberal arts major (BA and MA), the one thing I have learned to do well is to write. As a business professional for over 20 years the ability to put words together has served me very well within the military, the government, companies and now in schools. My ESOL students benefit from my vast writing experience including academic papers, business white papers and editorial responses. I am very detail oriented and specific when it comes to writing instruction. How can I help you?
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