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I have been a respected teacher in South Kingstown for 26 years. For the last 3 years I have been the reading specialist at my elementary school building and have had great success with my students. In my daily work I teach a wide variety of struggling readers, both regular and special ed.
The picture I have uploaded is one from by website and while it may be a few years old - wow, what a split! I have my black belt from Ichiban Karate and also coach a local girls 9 - 12 slow pitch softball team.
In tutoring children I try to use a multi-sensory approach whenever possible. I often have the child use a dry-erase board, magnetic letters, letter tiles, or chalkboard. Sometimes we stand and form letters in the air. I also try to work within the child's interests or learning style. I do what works for each child in each situation - I never use a one-shot-fits all approach.
I am, however, trained in Reading Recovery, an intensive 1 on 1 program for struggling first graders. While not all children need this approach, I often use pieces of it in my work.
I have a degree as a reading specialist and have worked for 3 years as a reading specialist in a public elementary school working with children at risk of failing, both regular and special ed. I am trained in Reading Recovery which targets the lowest first graders in the school.
I am certified 1 - 6 as a regular classroom teacher and Pre K - 12 as a reading specialist. I have taught for 23 years in public school in grades 1, 2 and 4. I have worked for 3 years as a reading specialist.
I have an undergraduate degree in elementary education and psychology. My master's degree is in reading. I have worked as a reading specialist for 3 years in the town of South Kingstown. I am also trained in Reading Recovery and have used it for 3 years.
In my role as the reading specialist I have services many children in reading who have diagnosed special needs. Many of the children have been learning disabled, but many have speech/language difficulties, and several children have had behavioral difficulties as well.
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