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Drake University (Elementary Education)
Drake University (Master's)
I have 13 years of teaching experience. I received my BS in Elementary education and taught in Des Moines, Iowa Public Schools as a basic skills teacher 4-6th grade. I also have a Masters degree in Special Education, Learning Disabilities/Emotional Disturbance K-8th. My experiences have included resource classroom and also self-contained. I have also taught in the Chicago Public Schools.
I am permanently certified in Iowa and have been certified in California. In addition I have been background checked by the state.
My philosophy of teaching is that every child can learn to his or her ability. I believe that one needs to engage the child so that they have pride of ownership. The child and I set realistic goals and together decide how we are going to achieve them. This gives the child a sense of control and bolsters his or her self-esteem.
In addition to text book learning, I like to incorporate technology in the curriculum to allow the child a variety of sources from which to gather information. Since technology is such a big part of our lives today it gives the child transferable skills beyond the lesson being taught. I have 13 years of teaching experience. I received my BS in Elementary education and taught in Des Moines, Iowa Public Schools as a basic skills teacher 4-6th grade. I also have a Masters degree in… Read more
Our son has been diagnosed with dyslexia and language delays. He greatly struggles with reading and math. For years we employed a speech pathologist, underwent lengthily and very expensive programs and even repeated kindergarten! Despite all our efforts, our son still fell below grade level. We felt like we had exhausted all our resources. We then decided to try a tutor. Thankfully we met Mary!!! She established rapport with our son right away and was quickly able to access his needs. Within four months she was able to turn our son into a reader. He is officially reading at grade level and is doing well in math. Mary not only assists our son, but she provides support to his classroom teacher as well. We are so grateful to have found Mary and our son loves working with her.
Mary's sessions have resulted in immediate impacts for our eleven year old who struggles with focus, and auditory and visual processing issues. We continue to have Mary help him out and look forward to additional progress this summer.
My husband and I tried other tutoring services in the past; in which turn out to be not only expensive but ineffective to our children’s needs. Prior to receiving the educational assistance from Mary K, our children were below basic across the board academically and were weighted down with low self esteem and no confidence. Our children are now in the 4th grade, working proficiently academically, and gleaming with confidence.
Mary‘s tutoring tactics involve assessing and recognizing our children’s developmental needs and creating effective skill building activities to attain academics achievers. Mary provides one-on-one interaction, assistance with homework and exciting reward incentives all in which help our children excel in the classroom and beyond.
Our family is truly thankful for the level of success our children are experiencing by Mary’s interaction and effective teachings.
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I have my MS in ADD/ADHD from Drake University.
I have my MS in Learning disabilities, Dyslexia from Drake University and have taught 9 years in this environment.
I have a BS in Elementary Education (K-8th) from Drake University. I did my student practice teaching in 1st grade, substitute taught K-3rd grade for one semester, and I had my own classroom teaching 4th-6th grade basic skills in the Des Moines, IA public schools. I hold permanent certification in Iowa. In addition, I have my certification from the State of California also.
I have taught elementary math for many years, both in a regular classroom and as a special needs teacher. Most students that are having problems with math is because somewhere along the line they have missed concepts. Math is a subject that builds upon itself. If an earlier concept is missing, children will have problems going forward.
Having worked with students with learning difficulties in reading, I have found that in some instances phonics is a great way to help a child learn to read. By breaking down the word, into parts and tackling each part the child can learn to "sound out" the word. This is a method that is transferable to almost all words that the child is unfamiliar with.
This method of learning to read is also a great moral booster. When a child sounds out a word and comes up with the correct pronunciation, there is great pride that one can see on that child's face.
Children that are having difficulty with reading fluency need to be assessed as to their best method for learning. The child may be a sight learner, a phonetic learner, or a tactile learner. If the issue is comprehension, one needs to ensure that the child really understands the meaning of vocabulary words. As the child's confidence builds, so does his or her reading fluency and comprehension.
I have my Masters Degree in learning disabilities and emotional disturbance. I have taught children with mild to profound learning problems in many different types of situations, from resource room to self-contained classroom to integrated regular classroom.
The age range I have taught has spanned K-6th grade AD/HD resource, 4-6th self-contained learning challenged, and 7th and 8th grade self-contained. The 7th and 8th grade classes were a mix of children with severe learning problems(struggled to read at a 1st grade level) to emotionally challenged to children with physical issues that impacted learning (profound hearing loss).
The integrated classroom teaching was an 8th grade class that had been self-contained and were being integrated back into the regular classroom before going on to high school. This took coordination between myself and the classroom teacher to understand the skills that were being taught and how best to impart this knowledge to my children.
Training on study skills was a large portion of my certification process in education. Since children learn in different ways, each child needs to find the best process for him/her self.
I have worked with students that were auditory learners and we would sit and read aloud in order for them to comprehend the material. Other students were visual learners. Once a concept was presented and they could see it, example being fractions represented by a cake, they comprehended.
In addition, I also find that students need to understand where they can locate information, what are their resources, be it text books, notes, libraries, or online. With this knowledge, studying is no longer a chore but a easy way to gain the information that is needed.
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