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I am a graduate of the University of Washington. I have a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and Professional Certification from the State of Washington. Professionally, I stay current with WA State standards, best practices, and current educational research. With more than 9 years of teaching experience in Kindergarten through eighth grades, I have a diverse background in supporting students with all ability levels.
I have experience with diverse learning styles: struggling students, gifted, students on IEPs, students learning with dyslexia, and ELL students. My teaching style is to assess where students are, set goals with them (and parents), and then plan how we will get there. I'm firm, encouraging, and always positive. I believe all students have potential. All students can learn; it's up to the educator to find how to plan and guide students in meeting his or her potential. My students learn concrete and fun strategies for success in reading, writing, math, and organization/study skills. Many of these study skills are applicable across all subject areas.
During my teaching career I have worked students with ADD/ADHD and also referred students for evaluation for it as well. Working with these students in a classroom setting is challenging but I have learned to use instructional strategies and make accommodations (i.e. preferential seating, study guides, outlines, adjustments on assignments). I have had great success working with these students. This experience has proven helpful when I tutor students too. Working one on one with ADD/ADHD students can be very effective and rewarding.
Supporting students with a diagnosis of dyslexia is something I am qualified for based on two things. About half of the professional development courses I take are related to assisting students with learning differences. When I returned to graduate school to obtain my master's degree, my area of focus was primarily on helping diverse learners (i.e. ELL and students with learning challenges or differences). In addition, I work with these students on a daily basis in my classroom. Over the past 6 years, I have also worked closely with our school resource teacher who has over 30 years experience in testing, diagnosis, and teaching students with dyslexia. Together we have developed instruction strategies and accommodations to ensure student success.
My knowledge of how students learn, what they need to know, and what motivates them, is a great resource for struggling students looking for a part-time tutor. My area of expertise is helping students in grades K-5. I'm qualified because I'm an experienced, certified teacher for the state of Washington, and I know how to encourage and inspire students.
Students learning English are a wonderful addition to a classroom. My culminating project for my master's degree was centered around how teachers can plan and organize learning environments to increase the literacy skills of English Language Learners. My comprehensive guide which was grounded in research, was presented to my colleagues and well received. Within my own classroom I have consistently used several instructional strategies and monitoring that have significantly improved the performance of my ELL students.
My experience and knowledge in this area is what I can offer in tutoring a student who needs support as they gain English. Tutoring support can be given in spelling, writing, math, reading, vocabulary, phonics, science, and social studies.
As a primary teacher I know that phonemic awareness is crucial in developing reading skills. These skills are taught systematically, in and out of context, though games, songs, technology, and in literature.
In the younger grades, reading instruction is focused on sounding out words, building vocabulary, and developing fluency and expression. Comprehension is enhanced through pictures.
As readers become more efficient in these skills, there is more focus on comprehension and literacy elements such as main idea, inference, and drawing conclusions.
In the upper grades, vocabulary and text analysis is more complex.
Whatever the age of the student, developing a life-long love of the written word is the goal.
As an elementary teacher, I work with students on IEP's all of the time and design learning activities, design projects, and make accommodations to help them become successful.
Do you get frustrated when you have a project to complete and you just don't know how to get started or how to plan for getting it done?
Do you lose your homework, books, assignments, etc.? Is your room, locker, desk, or backpack full of clutter?
Are your teachers and parents frustrated with your inability to get things done or inability to stay organized?
Is it hard for you to study for tests? Do you feel like you understand the material until you get your exam or report card and receive a grade less than what you expected?
If these statements resonate for you then you could benefit from learning some basic study skills that will help you improve your performance in school, decrease your frustration, and increase your overall confidence as a student.
Great ESL teacher. — She is very well prepared for the lesson and she has been on time. She is very personable and patient. She speaks clearly so that I can understand her better. ...
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