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I have worked with gifted children as well as children with learning differences including dysgraphia and dyslexia.
I have over 15 years educating children of all ages and academic abilities. Patient and caring. Well versed in numerous educational styles and teaching methodologies including; Classical -Trivium, Montessori, Charlotte Mason, Paideia, Multiple Intelligences, as well as specific teaching strategies for critical thinking, all aspects of reading, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and gifted students. I have a specialty in teaching reading.
I am a former educational consultant for Critical Thinking Books; critiqued and field tested K and 1st grade phonics materials. I have given workshops at educational conferences about incorporating critical thinking into phonics and reading,as well specific critical thinking strategies to use throughout all content areas.
Strong interpersonal skills, superior analytical ability, critical thinking skills, research skills and excellent written and oral communication skills. Reliable and committed to excellence.
Available for one on one tutoring, homework help, test preparation including ACT/SAT. Also available for small group classes to assist multiple students in the same academic endeavor. For example, a few students from the same class who need to prepare for tests, or complete homework will receive personal guidance and more complete explanations of the material.
Resume and references provided upon request. Currently pursuing a BA in Special Education K-12.
Since 1997, I have helped students on an individual basis or in small groups. I have selected educational content based on abilities, learning styles and goals for students and developed and implemented differentiated lessons that meet varied student needs. I have created curriculum tailored to the individual student 's need that engages and challenges. I use teaching techniques to meet the needs of visual, kinesthetic and auditory learners for all subject areas. I specialize in phonics instruction and initial reading to develop reading fluency, comprehension and literacy.
Since 2000, my classroom work has included: developing and teaching a middle school writing course, co-facilitating a Great Books Discussion Group for ages 8-12, developing guidelines, goals, and supervising a science fair program for middle school, Conducting an art appreciation class exploring religious symbolism for ages 6 and up, facilitating and leading a middle school/high school book discussion on C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, and conducting a high school critical thinking course based upon U.S. Supreme Court decisions of cases dealing with the Bill of Rights utilizing source documents, classroom discovery, and discussion.
I have experience educating through the 12th grade, including AP and honors classes. The GED tests basic skills as taught in high school, I believe I have the skills necessary to help a student prepare for the test.
I have taught phonics for over 15 years. I field tested and critiqued the kindergarten and first grade phonics books for Critical Thinking Press. I have used the Primary Phonics series and Explode the Code from Educators Publishing Service. In addition I have used Phonics Is Fun, Phonics and Word Study workbooks from Modern Curriculum Press. I also have some phonics training using the Montessori method. On a personal note, i have taught all 8 of my children to read using phonics.
In high school, I was on the debate team and won numerous speaker and team awards at regional tournaments. In my senior year, I was selected as one of the top 12 debaters in Illinois, which resulted in my qualification for the national tournament held at Harvard.
I have performed in many stage productions. I have received drama and improvisation training. I was a member of Player's Workshop and Second City's Children's Theater in Chicago and a member of an amateur improvisation group.
I also have 20+ years of corporate training, sales presentations and workshops in the IT field.
At educational conferences, I have given workshops to other educators on many topics.
I was a member of Toastmasters, International.
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