St. Mary's College of Maryland (Music Perform and Ed)
Northern Arizona University (MEd)
Successful learning is what life is about. I enjoy tutoring beginning, advanced and struggling students in reading, writing, organization and study skills, deadline projects and long term goals. I will also tutor elementary students in math. Students with special needs can be assured that I will bring them the strategies and resources for learning success, too. I can also offer them recreational and therapeutic music experiences using drums, flutes and other instruments. Let's have fun with it.
An excellent choice for reading students is my phonics-based reading program of choice, Reading Horizons. This reading curriculum is available for all ages. It can fully supplement or replace your current method. It wisely presents material in a variety of ways and requires students to move, write and say along with workbook work. The program includes a computer software program if desired to supplement work and keep things interesting. Parents of students with special needs know that technology - especially computer-based instruction - is a method of choice for learning subject areas. It is wise for all learners to use their new skills in a variety of environments and a variety of mediums.
I am trained in a variety of modalities for reaching and teaching students with learning disabilities and developmental disabilities. Many of these address sensory processing difficulties, eg., Integrated Listening Systems, social and functional skills,Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS) and Social Thinking curriculum, as well as unique approaches to academic subjects, advocacy at their school meetings, etc.
My other job is as a contracting educator in district schools and other providing drumming and music programs to students in special education. Prior to parenthood, graduate degree work, and my work in Special Education, I served as a band/choir director, private music instructor and behavior specialist. Today I am also a trained REMO Health Rhythms facilitator of group empowerment drum circles. These are not your brother's garage band sessions, though just as fun if not more meaningful. Health Rhythms is a research-based approach that has proven lowered stress and improved immune responses while bringing the joy of connecting with others. It uses the drum as a tool for community-building and self-awareness. I love creating group rhythm experiences to corporate teams, support groups, school classrooms and anywhere people wish to connect and discover the benefits of this remarkable protocol. In this way, tutoring and facilitating are often one in the same. Successful learning is what life is about. I enjoy tutoring beginning, advanced and struggling students in reading, writing, organization and study skills, deadline projects and long term goals. I will also tutor elementary students in math. Students with special needs can be assured that I will bring them the strategies and resources for learning
In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.
My work as a Behavior Specialist allowed me to be a special advocate for children with ADHD in the foster care setting. I have written behavior plans around it, represented them in child/family/school meetings and observed children in their classrooms.
I have had the great opportunity to work with these children one on one and at times been that second set of eyes for helpful observations and directions. Rick LaVoie's work in his book on LD, "It's So Much Work to be Your Friend," was an inspiration to me and is still my "go to" for understanding these children and finding the right instructional approach to meet the needs of these smart but often misunderstood kids.
In my work as a behavior specialist, I wrote plans for children and adults on the autism spectrum. These plans were based on a process of information gathering, creating goals, implementing strategies and collecting data on behavior improvements. This would be like having an IEP at home and the team included the family. My college, graduate-level coursework revolved around autism. This professional journey started in 1997 with my first 14-year old female student with classic autism. Aside from her mother, I was the sole instructor for her through our county school district home teaching program for over two years.
BA in Music with Flute Performance Major
I have taught privately and in studio; performed in masterclasses. I attended Graduate School of Music briefly.
BA Music Education and Performance
PastTeacher General Music, Maryland Certified
Past Band Director, Maryland certified
Past Choir Director, Maryland Certified
Taught Directed and Performed with Percussion section
Currently building Special Needs City Chorus in Tucson, AZ
Trained Health Rhythms Facilitator contracted with High School in Tucson to provide music and drumming to special education program.
M Special Education
I took specialty coursework and workshops/conferences relating to disabilities that often include dysgraphia or challenges with small motor skills and writing. I use Reading Horizons that includes practicing forming letters correctly.
I received a Masters of Special Education degree for the direct purpose of providing excellent private instruction to students with special needs. I have tutored privately and through schools and home-teaching programs for students with Tourette Syndrome, Autism, emotional disorders, Muscular Dystrophy, etc. I have served as an advocate for students as a member of their school and family teams and provided behavior plans and mentoring of functional living skills.
I have instructed students from the elementary to community college level in both academic and music content areas on how to better prepare, practice and perform using learning tools and strategies of organization. My community college students needed direct instruction on how to organize their workload, study for exams, as well as how to organize information and ideas presented in class or through their research and ultimately write a good term paper.