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I am a Washington certified teacher with 10 years of classroom experience in upper elementary. I am fully qualified to assist in math, language arts, social studies and science. I am particularly strong in grammar and writing assistance.
If your child is struggling with math, I can help. Over twelve years I have assisted a wide range of students; from children who struggle to master basic math concepts through gifted students who need challenge and extension. Beneficial change always begins with accurate assessment. As a classroom teacher, I understand the lesson objectives in your child's homework and can provide remediation when needed and extension when appropriate. Determining whether your child learns best through hands-on methods, computer assisted programs or auditory reinforcement, will provide the maximum retention of learned material. Finally, clearly defined learning goals ensure that your child is invested in his or her own learning. I am happy to discuss an individualized plan for your child today.
If your child is underperforming in any area of language arts, I can help. For twelve years I have succeeded at increasing student understanding in reading, grammar, spelling, writing, and oral presentation. Although all these areas of learning are interdependent, success in one area does not always carry into others. Careful assessment of your child's current performance level and learning style establish the proper starting point for remediation or extension. In addition to providing skilled instruction, I work diligently to increase your child's full participation in establishing and practicing learning habits that provide both confidence and success. I am happy to speak with you about a plan for your child.
In California, cross cultural and English language development training is part of the teacher certification in elementary education. During my twelve years teaching in California, I have taught English language learners of every proficiency level. I also have developed useful skills in communicating with the parents of my ESL students. I have many materials and activities that stimulate learning for both adults and children.
In addition to my skills as a writing teacher, I am currently working in an ESL program through my church that emphasizes conversational English for adults.
Grammar is the structure of our language. As an upper elementary school teacher I found that most of my students were extremely weak in grammar. Since good writing is dependent on good grammar understanding, many students need outside help. I am experienced in both independent grammar instruction and imitative sentence composing methods. Systematic instruction can make a difference in writing performance!
Excellent writing requires many skills as well as creative ideas. Mastering the combination of appropriate tone, impeccable grammar, and logical word flow, come through a great deal of time and careful editing. As an experienced writing specialist, I can provide direct editing of your written product or assistance in gaining the tools to polish your own work. Let your writing express clearly and meaningfully your great ideas!
Reading is foundational to all academic learning. As an elementary school teacher, I treasured the opportunity to share my love of reading with my students. Although comprehension can be difficult for many students, skilled instruction can enable a child to gain confidence and understanding. I have the tools and skill to smooth the way to success.
I am a California certified teacher with 10 years of teaching experience in upper elementary. I also have assisted two grown children to learn the study skills required to qualify to attend top colleges. I have great ideas to help your student be organized and successful.
As a certificated elementary teacher, I know how difficult it is to find the time in the full curriculum to give individualized feedback and specialized assistance to each student in the classroom. Many gifted teachers provide excellent writing instruction but do not have adequate time to interact with each child. As a writing specialist I am able to give consistent and specific feedback to your child at every point in the writing process. Whether brainstorming topical ideas, organizing material into coherent and logical format, or editing and perfecting language presentation, I work with your child's own creativity. Let me help your child develop this most important skill that supports all areas of academics.