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Hi! My name is Sarah, and I'm finishing up my Elementary Education (PK-6) License through Mary Baldwin College at the Higher Education Center this spring. Unfortunately, Virginia Tech did away with their Undergraduate Elementary Education Program while I was there, so I had to take an alternative path. After graduating from VT in 2006, I was in sales and marketing for a few years. Thankfully, I was able to intertwine my love for marketing and education, when I was hired as the Marketing Director for Huntington Learning Center in 2010. Years prior, and during my time as the Marketing Director, I was also one of our SAT tutors. Math is my specialty, however, I am proficient in SAT Verbal, as well.
Teaching is my passion, whether it be on the slopes, in the pool, or in the classroom. I was meant to be a teacher, and after this semester and a few months of student teaching, I will have a classroom of my own, finally! I am also going to be pursuing my Middle School Math and Science Teaching Certificates. I am only a few classes and one exam away from each license.
Please let me know if you have any questions, I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child(ren), or just you if you are interested in GED tutoring! Remember, there is always light at the end of the tunnel and I would love to be your personal "tunnel tour guide!"
Thanks for reading my profile, and I hope to hear from you soon!
I have a BS in Psychology from Virginia Tech, with a minor in Education. Many of my courses pertained to learning disabilities, such as Educational Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Motivational Psychology and Psychology of Learning.
In 2007, I started the University of Virginia's Alternative Teacher Licensure Program (PK-6) at the Higher Education Center in Roanoke. I was two classes short of graduating, when I decided to take a position with Roanoke City Public Schools as a Long-Term Substitute at a local elementary school. After this job, I was lucky enough to have two more long-term opportunities that year. However, they put me behind in my own school work.
This spring, I will be finishing my Teaching License (PK-6) and Middle School Math and Science through Mary Baldwin College.
During my time at UVA, I completed a course called Exceptional Learners, which emphasized working with students who have learning disabilities, especially like ADD and ADHD. Similarly, within our other courses, such as Teaching Science, we learned how to accommodate those with special needs, such as ADD and ADHD. We discussed ways to keep them engaged during the lesson and how to motivate them to finish their classwork.
Not only do I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology, I was diagnosed with ADHD, after graduating college. After studying ADHD in my Abnormal Psychology class, I realized the characteristics listed in the DSM IV, which is the "Bible" for psychologists, under ADHD described me!
Fortunately, I graduated high school with an Advanced Diploma, passing my AP courses and was accepted into JMU early action and VT early decision.
I ended up graduating VT Cum Laude, despite my ADHD label. I was a a well-rounded student in high school and contented to stay active in college. Having ADHD is challenging, to say the least, however, once you know how to manage it and work with it, you can succeed!
I absolutely love teaching children with ADD and ADHD, because I personally know the struggles they encounter on a daily basis. Not only in the classroom, but at home. Organizational problems, procrastination, forgetfulness, can all be obstacles. However, with the right tools and support they can all be overcome. I am here to help!
I look forward to speaking with you soon!
Not only have I taken a Special Education Course through the University of Virginia Curry School of Education, I have also had years of experience in the classroom with autistic students grades PK-12.
In the course I took through UVA, I learned the varying traits many autistic kids possess. Moreover, we learned ways to cope with their learning disabilities, and how to improve their behavior on a daily basis.
My first long-term substitute position was at Garden City Elementary School, in the Autistic Preschool Program. This class consisted of 3-4 year old, non-verbal autistic students. It was a challenging, yet rewarding experience. I owe much gratitude to the lead teacher, who is now the Director of the Autistic Program for Roanoke City Public Schools. She taught me many successful teaching methods for working with autistic children.
I have my BS in Psychology from Virginia Tech. From 2007-09, I was a student at the University of Virginia in their Elementary Education (PK-6) Alternative Licensure Program at the Higher Education Center here in Roanoke. Unfortunately, I did not complete the program due to some challenging long-term substitute teaching opportunities I took with Roanoke City Schools. One was for a 5th grade teacher at Westside Elementary School who was fired. I took over the class, with no lesson plans, nothing on the walls. I ended up being offered the job, after my two months teaching there. Unfortunately, since I did not technically have my license yet, I was unable to take the position. Westside is a Title I school, and it requires certified teachers in order to receive their government funding.
I am only two classes short of my Elementary Education (PK-6) License. I will be finished at the end of this Spring 2014.
I have been substitute teaching since I was a Junior at Virginia Tech. I started subbing at Dayspring Christian Academy in Blacksburg, VA and continued my Senior year subbing for Montgomery County Schools.
I have tutored 2+ years for Huntington Learning Center grades PK-Adult. I tutored everything from Elementary Education, to GED, to SAT Math and Verbal.
I am passionate about teaching and fully engage my students in the learning process. I believe you should always continue to learn, no matter what your age. I also believe in making learning as fun as possible, especially for the younger ones. Keeping their attention is half the battle! Creating engaging and interactive lesson plans key to succeeding in teaching.
Throughout my career at Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia, I have taken many courses in reading instruction. More specifically, phonic instruction. At VT, I took Content Area Reading. While I was studying at UVA, I completed Word Study, and Foundations of Reading. Currently, I am completing Language Acquisition and Reading II through Mary Baldwin College, which focuses on reading instruction for students in grades 3-5.
Thankfully, my SAT scores were high enough to let me forgo taking the PRAXIS I. The SAT is similar in comparison to the PRAXIS I; therefore, I am very well suited to tutor students who are preparing for the PRAXIS I Teacher Preparation Test. I was an SAT Math and Verbal tutor at Huntington Learning Center for over 2 years.
Math is my strength. Likewise, I absolutely love teaching others to enjoy learning how to overcome their difficulties in this subject area.
Thankfully, I have been blessed with the skill of public speaking. I do not know a stranger, which makes speaking in public, whether to a large or small group easy for me. However, I do sometimes get nervous.
Fortunately, I have had many experiences throughout my life that have helped me learn new techniques to cope with the stressors of public speaking. I enjoy sharing and teaching these to others. As the Marketing Director for Huntington Learning Center, an Outside Sales Representative for Cobb Technologies, and the Membership Sales Representative for the Roanoke Athletic Club, I frequently had to speak to large and small groups of people daily.
Similarly, I took a Public Speaking course while I attended Virginia Tech, which also taught me many skills and techniques to utilize while public speaking.
So, if you have an event to speak at, or a presentation to give in class...I can most definitely help alleviate your stress by practicing with you and teaching you what I know about the art of public speaking!
I have worked for Virginia Public Schools for the past six years now. During my time in the school system, SOLs have been a constant theme of instruction. As a teacher, I have learned how to incorporate the SOLs into daily classroom instruction in a fun and engaging manner. Specific SOL objectives are required to be visibly posted in the classroom for the students, parents, and administrators to see when they enter.
Going to school without knowing how to study at home, is like baking a cake and not knowing how to eat it. One must be able to absorb what he or she has learned in class.
This can be done in a variety of ways. I have a plethora of study skills in my "bag" I like to share and teach students, depending on what age they are.
The study techniques I have range from more traditional, such as writing flashcards, to non-traditional, like saying vocabulary definitions in silly voices aloud. These study skills will enhance your student's learning experience and improve his or her grades!
I have swam since I was in Kindergarten. Furthermore, I was a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard for 10+ years. During high school, I lifeguarded and taught swimming lessons for Hunting Hills Country Club. Similarly, I have taught American Red Cross swimming lessons (levels I-IV), Mommy and Me, and Water Aerobics at the Blacksburg Aquatic Center (3 years). Throughout college, and after graduating from VT, I lifeguarded and taught swimming lessons for the Roanoke Athletic Club. (4+ years)
Not only did I lifeguard and teach swimming lessons, while I was Blacksburg, I was training under my supervisor to become LGI Certified. This certification would've given me the ability to train those who were interested in becoming Lifeguards, how to Lifeguard. I taught the in-class section of the course for 6 weeks and the in-water training for another 6 weeks. I just needed to pass the final exam to acquire my certification. However, the exam landed during my own academic final exams. I never took the LGI exam, and unfortunately moved back to Roanoke shortly after.
I absolutely love being in the water and I love sharing my passion for aquatics with others, children and adults alike. I believe swimming is a critical skill to learn. If you have not yet conquered it, I am her to help you! However, I do not have a pool membership anywhere. If you do, I would love to teach you how to swim or how to improve your current stroke!
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA (Psychology)
University of Virginia (Graduate Coursework)
Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA (Enrolled)
Really amicable and fun to work with! — It was really fun working with Sarah. She and I were able to correspond and work together really well and make some really nice college essays! She is super nice and helpful! She is willing to put in however much time is required to help you. ...
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