I am a graduate of George Williams College and have taught 7th graders for several years. Finding my passion in working with students one-on-one or in small groups, I returned to graduate school where I earned a Master of Science in Education from Western Illinois University. I have been certified as a teacher and school counselor in Illinois and California.
Over my career in public education, K-12, I have taught and counseled middle school( 7-8) and high school ( 9-12) students. For the last dozen years of my full-time employment, I worked with elementary ( K-6 ) students, their families, and teachers. I love the spontaneity, openness, and sense of exploration and fun, elementary students possess.
I am inspired when I can see a student's overall growth in mind, body, and spirit. I relish supporting, encouraging, and challenging my students to uncover and stretch their greatness. Additionally, as a counselor, I have assisted students with the development and strengthening of study skills, test preparation, and goal setting.
My most recent tutoring experiences involved working with elementary students identified under the No Child Left Behind legislation in the areas of language arts, math, and geography as well as with a high school student on study skills and organization.
I am a seasoned professional who has made a life-long commitment to K-12 public education in Illinois and California. I welcome the opportunity to create positive, mutually supportive relationships with my students and their families, that address specific and individual learning styles and needs. I am a student advocate who strives to nurture the love of life-long learning.
My interests include reading fiction and self-improvement literature, seeing movies and discussing the characters within those films, listening to a wide variety of music that includes jazz, pop, classical, old school R & B, and new age, travelling, spending time at the ocean, and being in the beauty of the outdoors.
Again, I am passionate about helping young people grow academically and personally so they stretch themselves to achieve their potential and their goals. I welcome the opportunity to dialogue with you about your child's educational needs. Thank you. I am a graduate of George Williams College and have taught 7th graders for several years. Finding my passion in working with students one-on-one or in small groups, I returned to graduate school where I earned a Master of Science in Education from Western Illinois University. I have been certified as a teacher and school counselor in Illinois and
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I began in-depth, specialized study to assist the increasing number of students referred by parents and teachers exhibiting ADD/ADHD symptoms while working as a full-time elementary school counselor. In 2006, I was trained and certified in the Nurtured Heart Approach, created by Howard Glasser.
I have used this interpersonal and relationship-building approach throughout my work with K-6 students, individually and in small groups. I have also provided parent education in the NHA model. NHA is now used world-wide since its inception in 2000. Additionally, I have counseled families and taught the strategies of NHA to children and family members as a way to honor and challenge a child's intensity, helping each child build inner wealth and move into each person's greatness.
I served as an elementary school counselor wherein I was a standing member of various schools' IEP's team from 1997 until 2010. Often my intervention strategies were written into IEP's for school-based intervention. My personal contributions included counseling students and families in a basic understanding of the syndrome while offering specific intervention strategies for school and family use. I provided school staff and parental support for those students identified as being diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome. I was especially successful in integrating students with Aspergers into an on-going school-based support group (students from grades 3-6) that taught acceptance of all and modeled social-emotive skills.
As a retired K-12 school counselor, I had many opportunities during my career to assist high school students preparing and planning for college. The activities included academic advising to meet college entrance requirements, providing guidance/registration with admission test preparation, and interest and career inventories that helped with goal setting and long-term decision making.
In addition, I made classroom presentations that explored post-high educational opportunities including community college and 4 year colleges and universities.
I also conducted individual and small group counseling sessions that supported students to develop a four year plan that was reviewed with them annually.
For the last 12 years as a full time K-12 counselor/educator, I worked at several K-6 elementary schools. While the primary focus of my position was counseling, individually and in small groups, I also taught prevention education classes, social emotional education skills, and provided teacher/staff curriculum training. I also worked closely with parents in teaching K-6 parent education classes. Frequently, during K-6 classroom presentations, I would collaborate and co-teach/present/facilitate lessons with various teachers. Additional specialized training in the Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) has prepared me to support intense, challenging students and their families.
My qualifications include earning a Bachelor's and Masters degree in education. Having strong communication skills, that includes writing, is a pre-requisite for a graduate-level program.
Additionally, throughout my professional career, I have written articles, newsletters, press releases, brochures, prevention curricula, and teacher training curricula that marketed school related services programs and /or activities for students and their families.
Over the years, in multiple performance evaluations, my writing skills and style were complimented by my supervisors.
I believe all of these experience support me to work with K 12 students in developing and strengthening their skills in language arts.
Over the past two years, I have tutored elementary students in math and language arts who are home schooled. My primary focus was in math was tutoring basic operations, fractions, and problem solving up to and including sixth grade. I also tutored in language arts that covered grades two through six. The emphasis was on grammar, writing, comprehension, and critical thinking.
Since 2014, I have assisted 30+ students prepare for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) at the elementary, middle, and upper levels of the exam. My guidance and instruction was delivered in person and online using ISEE study guides, flashcards, practice and diagnostic testa. Using that information, I tailored an instructional approach that would address students' weaknesses and needs to ready them for success in taking the ISSE.
Having served as a K-12 counselor for 30-plus years, I participated in many Individualized Education Program ( IEP) meetings. My role in those meetings was to make recommendations that supported the school team in offering all special needs students the resources, in the least restrictive environment, that would enable them to be academically and socially successful during their school years.
Often, the support that I provided was on a one-to-one counseling basis or in a group counseling setting, depending on the child's needs and the focus of the IEP. Additionally, I worked with parents of these students by offering regular consultation and education.
My professional background includes serving as a K-12 educator for over 30 years. During many of those years I worked in the role of school counselor. In that capacity, I had multiple opportunities to work with elementary, middle school, and high school students in the domains of personal, social, academic, and career issues. The activities that I facilitated included one-to-one counseling and small group counseling/education in test preparation, test taking strategies, anxiety reduction, study skills and organization.
In the past few months, I have utilized the SOAR Study Skills (Set goals, Organize, Ask questions, Record your Progress) system and its materials in tutoring a 10th grader in study skills and organization. This intervention enabled her to raise her GPA from a 2.4 to a 3.2.
As a life-long learner and former K-12 educator, I have a love of writing. The process of self-expression coupled with clear thought is one of my passions. I have been fortunate enough to use my writing/editing skills over the years with students and adults in several areas. Those areas include curriculum development, lesson planning, newsletter writing, professional and personal communication, and grant writing. Currently, I serve as Social Media Relations respondent for a non-profit educational organization.