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western connecticut state university (Language Arts, Social Sciences)
I am a certified teacher with a background in mental health services, having worked in both private and non profit sectors. I am an advocate for Education Reform having acquired skills and experience working with both higher (Gifted/High IQ) functioning and lower (Special Education) functioning students in grades k-8). I love teaching and learning. Being knowledgeable is one thing, being able to break down information in order to teach is quite another. I am skilled at being able to hone in on and address the stumbling blocks of students and view learning as an intrinsic skill that everyone is capable of.
I enjoyed a twenty year career in social services prior to becoming a teacher. As Director of Educational Services at Bay Harbor Residential Treatment Center, I served as department head, case manager, and teacher to adolescent students attending school at the facility. Subsequent to this, I worked for Charter Behavioral Health Systems as a GED Preparation Teacher for a residential population of students enrolled in Drop out Prevention Programs. My most recent positions were in Florida as both a gifted education teacher and exceptional education case manager. I have expertise and training in differentiating teaching methods customized to student need. I earned my undergraduate degree at Western Connecticut State University and my Exceptional Student Education certification at the University of South Florida. I also hold an Endorsement in Gifted Education and certifications in both Elementary Education and Middle School Integrated Curriculum.
Being verbally articulate and having good writing skills have helped me more than anything else in my career. To me the subject of English is really about the art of communication, a cornerstone that carries over into all other subject matters, It's about code breaking and creating fulfilling means of self expression. Anyone can become skilled at writing, but often it takes someone who can be a mirror and give practical feedback in the process of development and practice. I am a certified teacher with a background in mental health services, having worked in both private and non profit sectors. I am an advocate for Education Reform having acquired skills and experience working with both higher (Gifted/High IQ) functioning and lower (Special Education) functioning students in grades k-8). I love teaching and
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My qualifications for ADD/ADHD include an active FL teaching certification in ESE (Exceptional Student Education). ADD/ADHD is on the ESE spectrum. I was an ESE teacher at Pinellas Preparatory Academy for 12 years and have taken CEUs on differentiated curricula and techniques applied during that interim of working with many, many ADD/ADHD diagnosed students both one on one and in small pull out groups. I would be happy to submit my certification documentation as evidence and my certification in this field is on public record available for look-up, on the FLDOE website.
I have certifications in K-5 Elementary Education, Middle School Integrated Curriculum 6-8, Gifted Education, ESOL and Exceptional Student Education K-12. I have 13 years of teaching experience and love children. I feel I have a particular knack for being able to break down information and scaffold learning to meet the needs of students that may have difficulty in this cognitive process.
I minored in English as an undergraduate student, have an extensive vocabulary and a skilled knack for being able to breaking down English language skills. I was employed as a coordinator for a literacy council after successfully preparing many non-English speaking adults to grasp the English Language in order to become U.S. naturalized citizens. I also have 120 credit hours of ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages), recently acquired to have become "ESOL endorsed" on my teaching certification.
I am a certified teacher and have had 13 years of experience working in both special education and advanced student education. I have always have a personal interest in word origins and diction. I have done private tutoring with young children, applying and weaning them off of accommodations in order to assist in their ability to commit the abstract laws of phonetics to memory. I also feel I have a particular knack in being able to hone in on individual student needs.