Capella University (online; currently attending) (Master's)
A lifetime of experience and education has resulted in excellent qualifications for working with students of all ages, from toddlers through adults, especially those on the autism spectrum. A Montessori-certified preschool teacher with 15 years' experience, I have also earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and am currently nearing completion of a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. In addition, I have raised two children of my own, now teens, both of whom are on the autism spectrum as well as being gifted. My son also has learning disabilities. Having overcome learning disabilities myself to the point of being a member of my university's honors society, I am intimately familiar with special needs and how to accommodate them.
The Montessori method instructs teachers to observe their students in order to best learn how to teach them. Using this principle and my extensive familiarity with patterns of development, both typical and atypical, throughout the lifespan, I am able to match students of all ages and abilities with interventions and activities that are uniquely effective for their particular needs, personalities, and learning styles. I also have a very large personal inventory of learning materials, including Montessori materials, appropriate for ages from toddlers through elementary. I also have sensory therapeutic items for those with special needs. A lifetime of experience and education has resulted in excellent qualifications for working with students of all ages, from toddlers through adults, especially those on the autism spectrum. A Montessori-certified preschool teacher with 15 years' experience, I have also earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and am currently nearing completion of
We are very happy so far. I am very pleased with her preparation and use of manipulatives for every session. My son always looks forward to his sessions with Susan. Susan has been my son's tutor now for 4 months and we are so pleased with his progress in reading, writing and math.
She's given me more clues on my son's weaknesses and how to help. She's given me suggestions for what he needs in class and how his teachers can help. I'm looking forward to our next session.
Susan arrived 10 minutes late for my son's initial trial lesson and was in a frazzled state. My first impression wasn't very positive, but I decided to give her the benefit of the doubt as she may be having an off day. During the first lesson, she performed an informal assessment to determine my son's reading level. After her lesson, I asked my son how he felt about Susan being his tutor. He said she was okay and said he didn't have fun learning how to read. After the 1 hr session, she was able to provide my husband and I very helpful insights on my son's strengths and weaknesses. I appreciated the input; however, during this time I didn't realize until a couple of days later that I was being billed for 30 minutes of consultation in addition to the 1 hr trial lesson. This surprise charge caught me off guard because I was never informed of consultation fees before nor after the trial lesson. I didn't even realize she was performing a consultation with my husband and I as we were simply trying to get to know her better as a tutor to determine if she would be a good fit for our son. I understand that she needs to earn a living and I support teachers, but disclosure and transparency at the onset are very important when establishing a tutor-client relationship. As a result, I lost trust in Susan and decided that she was not the right fit for my son and the family. Susan did eventually credit me the consultation fee. I am very grateful for the fee adjustment. I wish Susan well.
Susan came prepared with montessori and traditional materials. She moved through a tremendous amount of material using subjects that fascinated my child. I highly recommend Susan as she is kind, detailed, serious and fun. Looking forward to another session!
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Have worked with my own children, both of whom have been diagnosed with ADHD-inattentive, on organization and strategies to improve focus and comprehension. I also have therapy balls, seat discs, and various other materials for use with this group.
I am the mother of two children on the spectrum, as well as having worked with others ranging in age from preschool to adult.
Undergraduate work was through Bethany University, formerly Bible College. Coursework in Theology and New and Old Testament studies was undertaken. Additionally, I have some familiarity with Hebrew language.
I have personally compensated for my own dyslexia, and therefore am intimately familiar with the kinds of strategies that can be effective.
Having been a preschool teacher for 15 years, I supported many children in the development of foundational and actual skills in reading, writing, math, and other core subjects. I have an extensive personal collection of learning materials appropriate for use with all elementary grade levels, including unit blocks for math activities.
Not only am I a native speaker of English with a very high vocabulary, but a background in Latin has also taught the foundational principles of English, which are less inherently obvious than many other languages.
I have earned top marks in graduate writing, including the use of APA style.
As a Montessori-certified preschool teacher for 15 years, I have taught many children to read utilizing various methods. I have many materials, including movable alphabet, initial sounds matching activities, dry-erase worksheets, whiteboards, and many more. I also have an extensive collection of children's literature, with particular emphasis on books that instill a love of language.
In addition to having taken coursework in public speaking through De Anza College, I have also been a presenter myself on numerous occasions.
I have direct personal experience working with individuals with special needs ranging from autism to spina bifida. I also completed a preschool special education practicum through De Anza College.
English is a challenging language in regards to proper spelling, because English words have come from many sources; therefore, multiple rules of spelling are used. Understanding some of the basic concepts and patterns may help. Also, practice in how to quickly find proper spellings may also be beneficial.
I have worked with individuals from elementary through college ages to develop personalized study plans. I have personally participated in accelerated study programs, at one point taking the equivalent of 27 units in a single quarter (12 is considered a full-time student) while still fulfilling my obligations as a single parent.
A grounding in Latin and Greek roots forms the basis of a very strong English vocabulary. I can teach students how to recognize these roots, as well as the common prefixes and suffixes that form the basis of many English words.
I have earned top marks on graduate writing projects, including research papers. I am experienced at working to rubrics and also in using APA style, including 6th Edition modifications.