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State University of New York, College at Oneonta (Childhood Education)
College of Saint Rose (Master's)
Cristi is a Specialized Academic Instructor (K-5) at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School in Malibu, CA. She also works as the Director of Specialized Instruction for Team Tutors in Beverly Hills, CA. Cristi has a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education (1-6) from State University of New York, College at Oneonta in Oneonta, NY. She also has a Master’s degree in Special Education (Students with Disabilities 1-6) from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Cristi has experience teaching students that range from gifted learners to typically-developing students to those with significant disabilities. Besides educating students in the core academic areas (English Language Arts & Mathematics), she also teaches Mindfulness & Movement in classes with the help of the General Educator. Cristi's interest in Mindfulness began in the beginning of 2015 when a colleague invited her to a professional development on Mindfulness in the San Francisco Bay Area. After attending the training and researching the positive effects of Mindfulness, she began to implement the practice in her own life, in a resource room setting and in a 3rd grade general education class. The feedback that she received from the students, staff, and families was very positive, so she began to dive into the research through readings, trainings, and online courses. Cristi has completed three online courses through Mindful Schools. She continues to practice her own mindful awareness, so that she can reach more students, staff, parents, and her own family. Cristi is currently the Social Emotional Learning Coordinator at her school site where she works to train staff, educate parents, and implement with students in this very important area of learning. After spending a decade teaching in a co-teaching capacity, Cristi has also run professional developments and break-out sessions on co-teaching strategies. Cristi is passionate about learning and helping each child reach their true potential.
Cristi is a Specialized Academic Instructor (K-5) at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School in Malibu, CA. She also works as the Director of Specialized Instruction for Team Tutors in Beverly Hills, CA. Cristi has a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education (1-6) from State University of New York, College at Oneonta in Oneonta, NY. She also has a Master’s
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Upon graduation in 2004, I have worked in the capacity of a Special Educator (Teacher Assistant, Special Ed Teacher Intern and full-time Special Educator) with students ranging from typically developing to mild to moderate disabilities to more significant challenges and also those who are Gifted & Talented in grades K-10. I have experience in an inclusive setting, small group setting (Resource Room) and also in a 1:1 setting as an Educational Therapist. I find that I can easily connect with children and their families which helps to provide the support needed as a tutor. I also believe that using research-based and specialized instruction during lessons help children achieve to their full potential.
Over the past two school years, I have been immersed in the Common Core as a Special Educator. My schools have provided Professional Development as well as given prep time to work in teams to explore and implement the CCSS.
In May 2004, I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education from SUNY Oneonta. After graduating, I went on to work as a Teacher Assistant and Special Education Intern while finishing my Master of Science in Special Education. For the past 11 school years, I have taught students in grades K-8 as a Special Educator in both New York and California. I feel that my range of knowledge and experience will help to make me a successful tutor in the state of Colorado.
As a Special Educator in an elementary school setting, I have had many years of experience teaching ELA to children who require various means of instruction to learn. Over the years, I have found that not one reading program is appropriate for any child and to use a variety of materials works best. For example, if the child is a beginning to read, it is important that each lesson focuses on the 5 areas of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary). By tying in all of these components with hands-on, meaningful activities, I have found much success in helping children to learn to read.