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Southern CT St Univ, New Haven, CT
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Southern CT St Univ, New Haven, CT (History)

About Margaret

Dear potential students and parents,

I am interested in working with people. Whether I work with students who have learning differences (including ADHD, dyslexia, processing issues, to mane only a few) or explore history/social studies, English (reading, writing, comprehension, literature, etc.) or in a more therapeutic setting, I know that I am able to connect with my students as I educate them. I have over ten years of experience to offer you. I have worked with teenagers who have learning difficulties and written both academic and behavioral programs, IEPs, and more for them. Advocating for and working to improve the life of my students is a passion of mine. I feel very strongly about people and understand that we all have our strengths as well as areas of challenge. If I can affect even one person's life in a positive way, then I am pleased.
I currently work as a vocational supervisor at Ariel Clinical Services. This essentially means that I supervise our day program where we provide services to adults with developmental disabilities. I write training, behavioral,vocational and academic individualized plans for each member of our program. Prior to working at Ariel, I have experience working both as a mentor through the YMCA Respite & Therapeutic Mentoring Program and as a tutor through the Professional Tutors of America, Inc. Tutoring students K-12, primarily in Reading, one on one and in their own homes has been very rewarding. Equally rewarding, is my mentoring work with youth that are quite possibly going through some of the hardest times they will ever experience in this life. To be a part of helping people heal and teaching healthy choices or goal setting for example, has been humbling. Prior to these two jobs, I worked with developmentally disabled adults and children through Family Options, Inc. I was responsible for the direct care of my clients. I taught them daily living and vocational skills. In addition, I developed programs tailored to the individual needs of each client. I documented their progress, any concerns or issues as well as behaviors on a daily basis. Prior to this, I spent five years as a learning specialist, teaching students with learning differences at the Forman School. I taught time management skills, organizational skills, social skills, and other strategies for learning depending upon the particular needs of each student. I created and updated individualized educational programs (IEPs) for each student on a monthly or as needed basis. I administered and evaluated achievement as well as aptitude testing.

In addition to teaching at the Forman School, I coached girls varsity volleyball and in the springtime, kayaking. I also served as an academic advocate and advisor to several students. The experience of teaching team work and leadership skills through organized sport and then outdoor education benefited me tremendously as well as the students involved in these activities. Finally, I was a dorm parent for twenty high school girls at Forman. The experience of problem solving, celebrating birthdays, planning and overseeing dorm celebrations and other functions was challenging at times, but always worth the effort in the end.

I have experience as a reading tutor and also in the field of special education, I hold an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts as well as a Bachelor’s degree in History. In addition, I have quite a few years of actual hands on learning, not just the education that I received in School. I appreciate your consideration.
Dear potential students and parents,

I am interested in working with people. Whether I work with students who have learning differences (including ADHD, dyslexia, processing issues, to mane only a few) or explore history/social studies, English (reading, writing, comprehension, literature, etc.) or in a more therapeutic setting, I know
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Cancellation
8 hours notice required

I am always willing to work with families on payment.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Grand Junction, CO 81501
In-person lessons
Math:
Algebra 1
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Theatre
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Career Development,
Praxis, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
History:
American History, Geography, Social Studies
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers,
Dyslexia
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Reading,
Spelling,
Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Softball,
Swimming,
Volleyball

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ADD/ADHD

I have worked as a learning specialist implementing one-on-one teaching strategies to students with ADD/ADHD that help them succeed. Students with ADD/ADHD often do not have trouble understanding material, the problem is that they miss the information due to their lack of focus. Self Advocacy is the best thing someone with this diagnosis can learn. There are meds that can help, but the student needs to learn strategies to not let it affect them in a negative way. For example, sitting in a certain seat, having a "fidget" toy to keep your hands busy. People who are ADD/ADHD, are often very intense and impulsive. So, it isn't about how smart you are, it's about knowing how your ADD/ADHD affects you and what strategies you can use to channel it positively. I currently work as a vocational supervisor at Ariel Clinical Services. This essentially means that I supervise our day program where we provide services to adults with developmental disabilities.

Aspergers

I was a learning specialist for five years, teaching one on one students with learning disabilities; including those diagnosed with Aspergers. I then provided direct care for adults (18-70) with developmental disabilities, including several carrying the Aspergers diagnosis. I currently supervisor a vocational/day program for this population. Part of my duties include writing ISSPs (Individual Service and Support Plan)or more widely known as behavior and/or learning plans.

Career Development

I am "CTAT" certified, which is a Colorado state training on finding employment for not only those who function independently, but also for those who function at a level lower than most of the traditional work force. I also worked with seniors planning their future after graduation. I was the vocational coordinator for clients in the outpatient program at Mind Springs Health

Dyslexia

I have worked as a teacher one on one with students who have learning difficulties. I have also tutored students with learning/behavioral problems. I worked as the Day Program Coordinator running a program for adults with developmental, physical, social, and a series of other disabilities. However, I found a way to communicate with each of them and some grew to find employment, while others celebrated their own victories and new discoveries about what they are actually capable of learning. I have worked directly with both children and adults who are dyslexic. Aside from the traditional OG teachings, which are still great tools for many, I am constantly gaining knowledge as a member of the International Dyslexia Association, Rocky Mountain branch. Some of the brightest people I've ever met are dyslexic!

Public Speaking

I am a teacher, a tutor, a coach, a parent, and an advocate. Public speaking can cause many people anxiety. However, if you are prepared both with knowledge and confidence, you will be able to use the tools/strategies we would cover to increase your public speaking skills.
I am a natural public speaker and leader. I received an A
+ in my college speech course, I was president of the senior girls dorms, and I was chosen to speak at graduation. I am an excellent public speaker and teach strategies such as self advocacy, clear and brief statements, appropriate tone and volume of voice.

Reading

I was a learning specialist for 5 years, teaching kids with learning disabilities how to read. I have also been a professional tutor for 6 years. I currently work with lower functioning adults who are learning skills through my program, including reading.

Social Studies

I have a BS degree in History/Social Studies. I have tutored several students in this subject and am lacking a secondary degree in Education K-12 by only about 12 credits. I am definitely proficient in social studies.

Softball

I have played all my life, and I have experience coaching softball for special Olympics as well as coaching experience in the school system.

Spelling

I have taught spelling to elementary age students just beginning their academic careers. I have also taught strategies to older students who struggle with spelling.

Swimming

I was on a swim team for 10 years, coached white water slalom for 5 years and am CPR/1ST Aide Adult and child certified.

Volleyball

I have played volleyball since 6th grade. I was a member of the United States Junior Olympic team and in high school was captain of our Varsity team, which was deemed the State Champions for all of New Jersey that year. I played in adult leagues during college as I did not have the time to commit to it, although I missed it terribly. After college, I was lucky enough to get a teaching job where after classes, I was also the Varsity Girls Volleyball coach for the Forman School (9-12). Our team broke several personal records over my time with them and they were by far a better program when I moved on.

Writing

I have bachelor's degree and have spent over fifteen years teaching students at varying degrees strategies to improve their writing. I have been very successful in this area.

Southern CT St Univ, New Haven, CT
History

Education

Southern CT St Univ, New Haven, CT (History)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

I am always willing to work with families on payment.

Travel policy

Margaret will travel within 40 miles of Grand Junction, CO 81501.