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Crystal G.

Experienced Compassionate TEACHER/ADVOCATE with M.S. in Education

Suffolk, VA (23439)

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First and foremost, I am a devoted wife, mother of five grown adults, and a grandmother of fourteen. My teaching career has span over a 20-year period and bought wonderful moments of great joy. I am a member of Bethel Church in Hampton, Virginia and have served in numerous capacities within our organization, and God gets the credit for every accomplishment I have ever made.

Educationally, I hold a (M.S.Ed.) Masters in Education and Interdisciplinary Studies from Cambridge College (Chesapeake, VA Campus/Cambridge, Mass), a Certification in Special Education in grades K-12, and a (B.S.) Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Human Services from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA). Also, have additional training in Business Administration. While attending Graduate school, I maintained a 4.0 and in Undergraduate school a 3.8 average while raising my children, with the help of God and my parents.

I hold a Postgraduate Professional License for the State of Virginia and am a Certified Special Education Teacher for Grades Kindergarten though twelve. Most recently I have worked for Suffolk Public Schools, and over 11 years of my teaching career was with Norfolk Public Schools, and Newport News Public Schools. I have had the opportunity to teach in all settings, general education inclusion, self-contained, and resource. I prefer the elementary and middle school levels, although I have also taught on the high school level. My strongest attributes are compassion and empathy; I take great pride in being able to step into another persons shoes.

I have a driving passion for our children because not only are they are future, but they are our present. How we guide them now will determine their future. I have a God given talent for communication with children and adults and I believe that all children can learn. Maybe not at the same time and in the same way, but all children can learn. Everyone has a unique God given gift that we as role models, teachers, and parents need to cultivate, to perfect our children, who are diamonds in the rough. They all have something valuable to bring to the table.

I am finally nearing the end of a special project I’ve been working on for a couple of years, a book on Differentiation of Instruction. My hope is that this book will help my colleagues to reach ALL children, because it should not be an acceptable practice to leave a few (students) behind. Teachers are accountable to all children, not just the ones that are easy to teach.

My goal is to nurture teachers’ and the curiosity of children, as I help to develop flexibility and discernment in them, skills that will serve them well in an unknown future. My tool for reaching this goal is to focus on brain based learning techniques. When we encourage activities in the deficit area of our brain, we become a well-rounded and centered individual.

Our century old factory-based, assembly line teaching where students are expected to take in information and regurgitate it -- is no longer sufficient for the times. With our information explosion and accelerating change, comes a new revolutionary way of thinking. Our children and society are different, therefore we owe it to the children and to society as a whole, to educate them in areas that no one knew of yesterday and prepare them for what no one knows yet. We have to teach them to use their brains for critical thinking, so that when no one is looking they will still make right choices. Life is all about the choices you make. I look forward to helping your child reach their full potential!

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Crystal’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Business, Career Development, College Counseling, Criminal Justice, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading
Test Preparation:
Career Development, College Counseling, GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SOL
Homeschool:
Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th), English, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Special Needs:
Business:
Business, Career Development, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Music:
History:
American History, Criminal Justice, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Music History, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Science:
Chemistry, Ecology, Genetics, Geology, Nutrition, Sociology
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Math:
Prealgebra
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing

ADD/ADHD

Most of my teaching career, has centered around children with ADD or ADHD. I am a certified Special Educator and have worked in three school systems in the Tidewater area. I have worked with Students with Disabilities in the general education, special education, and resource settings. One major strategy that needs to be incorporated with students with Attention Deficit is the opportunity to move and speak, I usually find them to be highly intelligent verbally, as well as, Kinesthethically.

Business

After high school, I was the first person chosen by a major insurance company to begin my career with them. I earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree with a specialization in Management. After working for insurance company for 10 years, I went on to work as an Administrative Assistant for several state organizations, i.e., Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University. I was also fortunate to work for a contractor by the name of Unisys, which worked directly with the Naval Intelligence Command in located in Norfolk and Suitland Maryland. Administration was my first career.

Career Development

When writing IEPs (Individual Education Plans) in Virginia you are required to interview your students, and based on their and their parents input you have to write a transition plan for the student. This plan should be the start of a conscious probe into the future of the child and strategies should be implemented to help the child transition successfully into their career aspirations.

Criminal Justice

My undergraduate degree is in the area of Criminal Justice. I also completed an internship with Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Norfolk Virginia as a Probation Officer Assistant for a year. This was done in the Intake Division where my job was the same as the Senior Probation Officers. Also, in teaching, I have had to counsel, mentor, teach, and attend court with students who were involved with the Criminal Justice system.

Elementary (K-6th)

Hello everyone! I am a tutor currently living in the 23434 zip code (in Suffolk). I am excited about beginning my outside tutoring opportunities with WyzAnt. I have taught for the past 20 years, mostly in Special Education. I took the last two years off to write a book that I hope will help teachers to reach ALL of their students. Last year, I was an in-class tutor at Mack Benn Jr. Elementary and taught 5th graders non-linguistic reading strategies. I am currently substituting in the Suffolk Public School system in Grades k-5, and spend most of my time at Mack Benn during the day. I have taught students in general education and students with special needs. I am available to help in all areas of elementary and middle school education. This is a crucial area because this is where the foundation has to be laid. I am proficient in all areas of language arts and English, and because reading impacts all academic areas, it is important to have a sturdy foundation. I am also able to help in math, science, and social studies because reading is across the curriculum, even in math most of the testing includes word problems. Hope to See you soon.

Elementary Math

In the area of math, I am skilled in numeration, number theory, mental math and estimation, computing with whole numbers and decimals, computing with fractions, ratio, proportions and percents, pre-algebra, graphing, statistics, and probability, measurement, geometry, and problem Solving. Most of the Standard of Learning in the area of math is in a problem solving format. All of the above areas are covered on the Elementary level of the Standards of Learning. As you are probably already aware, the format for the Math test changed last year and as a result the way teachers are currently teaching math has to change also. Students will be required to use and focus on their critical thinking skills.

English

I am a Special Educator, and hold a Master's in Education. English has by far been my best subject. I enjoy reading novels and I enjoy teaching English in non-traditional ways. I think the beginning of learning any subject, including English is with a Learning Styles inventory. It is very difficult to teach a student if you don't know their preferences for being taught. I am currently in the editing stages of a book I have been writing for the past two years for teachers, in hope that some day they will reach ALL students.

Music History

During my Masters work, I had to research Music Intelligence extensively. Music and Rhythm are very important in teaching the Multiple Intelligences, which is one aspect of how our children should be learning. By playing Classical music like Mozart, Beethoven, Pachelbel, and Barouque that are set to the rhymthm of the heart and with the correct lessons you can enhance retention and learning. Music in the classroom can be used with almost any content, especially poems, spelling, vocabulary, group work, and even down time. Of all the intelligences identified, the "consciousness altering" effect of music and rhythm on the brain is the greatest.

Phonics

I hold a Master's Degree in Education and Interdisciplinary Studies. In the area of phonics, I have over the last 20 years had a broad range of experiences. Sometimes when children are having difficulty with the whole language approach you have to teach phonics in a different way. I teach the alphabets in two phases. First, I teach the sounds for each letter of the alphabet (except y),; then, I teach them to sing the letters together to make words. After they have gotten the letters and sounds, then what follows are short then long vowel sounds, unblending, special combinations, beginning words lists (up to the 500 most used words in the English language), rhyming words and families, mental imaging and so on depending of course on their grade level. One interesting teaching experience comes to mind when I think of phonics. I was teaching a 3rd grader who had been socially promoted to 6th grade because of size who was reading on a pre-K level. The family was very transient so, I only had the child a short time. The child started at primer level and I moved him to 1.5 in 4 months. I was elated!

Reading

In the area of reading, there are skills that are necessary before you even begin to read. These are prereading skills; following directions, recognizing likenesses and differences, being able to classify and associate and listening is most important. Once the child has mastered these skills then you can begin to teach them reading. I once had a child in 6th grade that had been moved to 6th grade because of his age and stature (social promotion), who was reading on a .6 grade level (Kindergarten sixth months). His family had been very transient and was continuing the trend -- he only stayed with me for 4 months. I can proudly say that with the help of God, in four months his reading improved to a 1.6! This is first grade the sixth month. He had one year's growth in 4 months because someone gave him the skills he needed to succeed in reading.

Social Studies

For the last eight years, in the general Education setting, I have taught English and Social Studies combined using IRN Strategies. IRN is Interactive Readings and Notetaking Strategies where the student interacts with the text to learn both Social Studies events and comprehension strategies simultaneously. I was fortunate enough to work with one of the founders of IRN, Inc. and gained valuable insights into the Interactive teach and text strategies.

Sociology

My minor while completing my Criminal Justice major was Human Services. I had to take several sociology courses for my minor. Some of the classes I took were SOC 201 Intro to Sociology, PSY 201 Intro to Psychology, SOC 446 Sociology of the Aging, Soc 310 Introduction to Social Work, SOC 337 Introduction to Social Research, SOC 402 Child Welfare, and SOC 378 Extracurricular Studies.

SOL

The SOLs (Standard of Learning) in the State of Virginia is what drives instruction in this state. I have been teaching the SOLs and accompanying strategies to master them for the past 20 years. I am able to interact with the State of Virginia's website to access the blueprint and pacing guides for each system where I have tutees. I also can access the State computerized testing system and keep abreast of any changes to the SOLs and allow my tutees to practice the original released test items.

Special Needs

I began my career as a licensed teacher of Students with Special Needs in 1995, so I am a seasoned teacher of students with disabilities. At the completion of my studies for my B.S. at ODU, I was accepted as a Pathways to Teaching Scholar. I was accepted into this program because of my high GPA while in the students with special needs program. My total GPA hours were 39.00, which took me from 9-12 months to complete. I have taught children from autism to emotionally disabled over the past 20 years. On my last teacher evaluation summative, I received "Exceeds Expectations" in the instruction domain, which is the highest rating you can receive. I am listed in "Who's Who?" of Cambridge College in Mass. My professional associations are the CEC (Council for Exceptional Children), AFT (American Federation of Teachers, and (ACLJ) American Council for Law and Justice.

Study Skills

There are many strategies for learning to be a great student. Some of them include power spelling techniques, repetition strategies, visualization strategies, inferential thinking, creative thinking, and even the old rote method of learning. The key is to find what works for you. I am currently substituting in the Suffolk Public School system in Grades k-5. I hold a Master's in Education.

Writing

To do your best work in the area of writing, you just need to follow the process which has five steps. First, PREWRITING which is brainstorming and selecting a subject, collecting details and deciding what you want to say. Then, WRITING YOUR FIRST DRAFT - getting your ideas on paper not worrying about mistakes. Then, REVISING which is just where you improve the writing -- maybe let someone read the draft to see if it flows and make a few tweaks, then, EDITING AND PROOFREADING which is just making sure your sentences make sense, checking capitalization, overall appearance, punctuation, and spelling and checking one last time for missed errors. Finally, The last step is PUBLISHING which is where you share your writing. I am currently in the process of writing my first book; a book for teachers on Differentiating Instruction. I am at the Editing and Proofreading stage and this has by far been the most challenging part of this process. Partly because, I want to be sure my product is as near perfect as I can humanly get it and that takes time and patience. There is no quick fix in writing.

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Education

ODU - Criminal Justice & Human Services (B.S. Crim.Justice )

ODU - Pathways Scholar/Special Ed. Certified (Other)

Cambridge College Site (Cambride Mass.) Masters in Education & Interdisciplinary Studies (Master's)

Heaven Sent Mrs. G is truly "Heaven Sent" she has been devoted to my daughters progress and has given her the tools of learning that she needs to reach her true potential. Through Mrs. G's help, my daughter has made a tremendous improvement in Reading bringing her up two grades. I will forever be grateful for all that she has done. ...

— Patrice from Franklin, VA on 5/16/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Elementary Students - $30.00 ph/1 Academic Subject Area Middle Students - $35.00 ph/1 Academic Subject Area 2 Academic Subject Areas (Max) - $40.00 ph Post-Middle School - Negotiable

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Crystal will travel within 20 miles of Suffolk, VA 23434.

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