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Antioch College (Education)
New College of Califonia, SF (Master's)
UNC Greeley (Graduate Coursework)
I love teaching. I have a credential for grades K-6, but have also worked with teenagers who needed one-on-one tutoring. I have an ESL Endorsement and four years of experience teaching second-language learners. A deep love of literature and of writing means that I can usually help my students get through their resistance to these subjects. Sometimes my students even learn to love literature! High-school level math is not my strength, but I can help untangle other subjects which might seem mysterious, such as history or government. All children can learn and can succeed ... it's just about figuring out the right approach. I love teaching. I have a credential for grades K-6, but have also worked with teenagers who needed one-on-one tutoring. I have an ESL Endorsement and four years of experience teaching second-language learners. A deep love of … Read more
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For students with ADHD or ADD, it is very important that the teacher is well-organized, since ADHD sometimes makes it difficult for students to organize their own thoughts and materials. Breaking subject material down into discrete, easy-to-manage "chunks" also helps students with ADHD. Finally, allowing extra time to complete projects or writing assignments is very helpful.
I have worked with many students who have ADHD and generally find that they are also highly creative and interesting people.
I have a K-6 teaching credential from the State of Colorado, extra training in teaching reading and in working with ELL (English language learning students), and several years experience teaching in public schools. Thus, if your child needs help with homework or strengthening a specific area (such as reading), I can help.
I have passed WyzAnt's subject-area tests in elementary math, reading, writing and history. However, what cannot be tested on the computer is the ability to help a child feel confident in their own abilities. I have been told I am very calm and patient with children.
If students attempt to simply memorize the "rules" of math, they quickly get overwhelmed. Although math does require repeated practice, first students should understand the math concept they are learning. This can be explained in words, or by playing math-related games, or by looking for applications in the real world. I struggled with math in elementary school, but I was lucky -- my dad was a math teacher and tutored me. From that experience, I learned how to "get through" to other kids who might find math difficult.
I studied ESL instruction at UNC Greeley for two years, and have worked as an ESL (also called ELA) teacher in public schools for more than two years.
Everyone now living in the United States -- except the Native Americans -- immigrated at some point, either in their own lives or in their grandparent's generation. Learning English helps people get jobs and an education and feel more at home, and I am delighted to help with that process.
Reading well is the key to success in many other courses, such as history, geography, and even math. When students are having difficulty with reading, it might be because they cannot decode enough words or read quickly enough to keep track of the meaning of the words. If we want to improve comprehension, we use one set of strategies; for ease of reading (fluency) we do something different. I have many different ways to motivate your student and help improve reading skills.