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Eastern Michigan University (Education and Special Education)
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During the past four decades, I have led students as well as seasoned teachers to exemplary levels of achievement. I have specialized in teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to ESL students, students with dyslexia, and students with ADD/ADHD. I specialize on improving reading comprehension and expressive writing skills for all students, as well as language training including accent reduction. As a published author, I am also available for proofreading and editing of projects and papers.
When teaching students with dyslexia, I use a research-based program called Orton Gullingham. This program is approved by the National Association for Dyslexia and is a strong phonics approach to teaching reading. I have also used this program when I led resource room education in four different schools within the Garden City Public School System in Michigan.
I have just recently retired as an Associate Professor of Education from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ where I specialized in teaching state-mandated ESL courses, as well as reading courses within the teacher education division. As a result of the creative, innovative teaching strategies used in these courses, my graduating students experience 100% job placement and continue to be esteemed teachers in their school districts. As an English tutor, I provide creative teaching strategies, PowerPoint presentations for student review, and homework to achieve mastery in designated areas. Each tutoring session provides individual learning strategies which scaffold from lesson to lesson. Since I have also scored some of the high-stake tests that you will be taking, I understand exactly what is needed to increase your scores. I will challenge your skills and build your reading and writing skills to mastery.
While working as an Associate Professor of Education at Grand Canyon University (GCU), I had the opportunity to actually write the state-mandated ESL teacher education course. This course is mandatory for all teachers attending GCU. In addition, I also taught the second course in the ESL series for teachers studying to receive their Arizona State Teaching Certificate. Prior to working as a professor, I had the opportunity to develop an ESL writing framework for the State Department of Education in Michigan. In Michigan, I developed a systemic training program for ESL teachers based upon my first book publication, Blueprint for Exceptional Writing (a Pearson Education Company publication). This writing framework raised the expressive writing scores for all students on the state high-stake tests. Just this month I have published a journal article, Tell Me a Tale, in the Arizona Journal of Reading for service teachers to increase their teaching ability in the area of expressive writing. I was honored as Teacher Educator of the Year from the Michigan Reading Association and Teacher of the Year from the American Legion Association. In addition, I have worked for other companies as an English Tutor. My students always increased their reading comprehension and writing scores on standardized tests as well as experiencing greater success on daily classroom assignments.
You can and will improve your reading, writing speaking and listening skills. I am available for your assistance Monday-Sunday either during the day or in the evening pending the day of the week. During the past four decades, I have led students as well as seasoned teachers to exemplary levels of achievement. I have specialized in teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to … Read more
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As a special education teacher and professor, I am familiar with the learning challenges of students with ADD/ADHD. I have assisted teachers as a special education teacher consultant with writing programs and program execution for our students. Often times students with this disability (as called by Section 504) are in need of one-to-one instruction. I can provide this with interesting and creative lessons to accelerate learning. I hold a BS in special education with a Michigan Special Education Teaching Certificate, and a MA in special education both from Eastern Michigan University. My dissertation focus for my doctoral studies was special education. This final degree was earned from Wayne State University. My desire to assist students with ADD/ADHD also stems from family members having this disability. It should be noted that the primary deficit for our students is their lack of focus. This often creates a lag in their academic performance. Research shows us that these students usually have a difficult time in math. Students have a difficult time with memorization of facts such as multiplication times tables, or high order math process problems. In addition, our students tend to be disorganized, loose their assignments and need a great deal of assistance with organization!
As a elementary, middle school and high school resource room teacher in public education, I have instructed students of all ages with dyslexia. This problem is one that is identified by public education as a specific learning disability. It usually impacts children/students in the area of reading but can also be seen in the area of math. I hold a BS in special education and an MA in special education. My qualifications continue in this area as I was employed as a Professor of Special Education at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. In addition I have presented at the National Council for Special Education Conferences throughout the years with an emphasis on teaching reading and writing skills to students with specific learning disabilities. Finally, I have taught reading and special education courses, here in Arizona, at Grand Canyon University in the area of special education. Students who have dyslexia must be taught a strong phoneme and phonetic base for learning to read. This is the only research-proven method for our students!
I have been an Associate Professor of ESL Education at Grand Canyon University and have written some of these ESL courses for other instructors to teach. I also have successful classroom teaching experiences as well as corporate ESL tutoring experiences. Finally, I am a Pearson Education Company published author with a focus on ESL writing and communication.
My love of languages, reading, writing, speaking and listening is reflected in my teaching career. Phonics is a key in teaching students to read, and greatly influences spelling. Phonics and phoneme awareness are one of the four pillars of reading education. As an Associate Professor of Education at Grand Canyon University I instructed potential teachers in a course named: Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment: Literacy and Language. A great part of this course was the aspect of teaching soon-to-be-teachers the 44 phonemes in the English language and creative phonics instruction. I have also taught dyslexic students phonics instruction for over 10 years in a resource room setting. Prior to being a professor before I finished by doctorate studies, I was responsible for instructing phonics to students with special needs in three buildings within the Garden City Public School District in Michigan. All students improved their reading abilities as a result of this instruction.