School for International Training
Pacific Oaks College and Children's School (Graduate Coursework)
UCONN Storrs (Master's)
I began my studies in the field of Human Development at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. I continued my studies in education at the School for International Training in Vermont, at the High-Scope Educational Research Foundation in Michigan, and at Pacific Oaks College in California. Most recently, I became a certified Spanish teacher after many years as a private English tutor in Buenos Aires, Argentina. And I received my Masters Degree in TESOL and Bilingual Education in 2006.
I have worked with students of all ages. As a bilingual transition teacher in the Windham School District, I worked with small groups of English Language Learners (ELLs) K-4. I also worked in Spanish with small groups of native Spanish speakers as well as Spanish Language Learners (SLLs) K-4 in Windham’s Dual Language Companeros Program. I have experience teaching adolescents and I also have four children who once were adolescents. My experience as a tutor in Argentina was primarily with adolescents and adults.
I enjoy identifying and using a broad range of materials that facilitate the learning of the students that I teach. I am familiar with many of the textbooks that are being used to teach Spanish and I have a general sense of the materials that are being used to teach English as a Second Language. I have received training in strategies that help learners of all ages to understand the different types of reading that they do in the classroom (narrative vs expository)and I understand the importance of building vocabulary at all levels of study.
When I first meet a student, I like to find out what materials s/he is being taught with and the subject areas that the student is weak in or is struggling with. Then, I think about how much time the student and I will have together to strengthen the student’s knowledge so that s/he will successfully bring his/her grades up in the subject areas identified. After that, I create a plan with the student that focuses on the work that I as a tutor and s/he as the student need to do so that our time together is productive and valuable.
I began my studies in the field of Human Development at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. I continued my studies in education at the School for International Training in Vermont, at the High-Scope Educational Research Foundation in Michigan, and at Pacific Oaks College in California. Most recently, I became a certified Spanish teacher
She never took Linguistics 200 but my biggest thanks goes out to her for helping me get through this class. She really knows how to put a student in the right direction. As a result of all our hard work, I got an A- for the class. If another student ever have to take Linguistics 200, I would definitely recommend Kit.
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As a certified teacher, I most recently taught Spanish and English to students in grades K-4. I am familiar with a wide range of materials for all subjects that are used with students in elementary schools. I also have worked with 9th and 10th graders teaching math and science.
I have a background of working with students in different educational settings. I did graduate work at the High Scope Educational Research Foundation with placements in their Preschool and K-3 elementary programs. I did the course work for a multiple subject credential at Pacific Oaks College with a placement in their K-3 program. As part of my work with English Language Learners, I have received professional development regarding assessments, strategies, and ways to modify materials to help students of all ages process the information that they are learning in the classroom so that they can succeed with their classwork.
I received my Masters Degree in Bilingual Education from the University of Connecticut in 2007 and I am a certified Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) teacher K-12th grade. I taught English Language Learners (K-4) in the Windham Public School District for three years.
I lived for 13 years in Argentina and there I was an English tutor for children and adults. I am familiar with many texts and materials that are available to teach English and I have had many years of experience assessing, modifying and finding materials that suit the needs of the students that I am tutoring.
I have used a number of phonics programs with elementary aged students. I understand the basic concepts and function of phonics programs.
I am a certified bilingual elementary teacher. I have experience working with elementary students. I have taught children and adults how to read, write, and speak English and Spanish.