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Marykate L.

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University of Central Florida
Special Education

Education

University of Central Florida (Special Education)

About Marykate

Dear student(s),
Little did I know twelve years ago that by volunteering in a school and playing my guitar once a week I would begin my career as someone who was interested in becoming a teacher. The next year I was hired at Jefferson Jr. High School to work with an individual student guiding her through a structured environment. While instructing my student over the next four years in the high school setting I used the Question and Answer Relationship (Q.A.R.) reading strategy, Touch Math, and mainstreamed her into the general education classroom providing her not only instruction but socialization skills which prepared her for life after high school. I remember one time when I brought in the Beatles’ song “A Hard Days Night” as a hands on example for her to comprehend pronouns, which had been previously taught throughout the semester by her ESE teacher, she aced final exam! Kirstie and that class of Varying Exceptionalities in 2005 inspired me so much that I decided to attend school at night earning my bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida in Exceptional Student Education (ESE). You see, I also believe that both the teacher and the student can learning together because learning never stops.


After I earned my bachelor’s degree I started a job in Osceola County at Discovery Intermediate School as a sixth grade Intellectual Disabilities (InD) teacher. Since I was a hands on learner, I became an educator who provides experiences from real life. I demonstrated hands on lessons for math, reading, and science. For example, when we were learning about the layers of the Earth I brought in different sized rocks and sand from my parents’ garden so that everyone could be involved in the lesson. I had a blind student in my classroom that year and did not want him to feel left out. I also brought in clothes from Goodwill with a variety of different designs such as buttons, zips, and Velcro so that each student could practice his or her fine motor skills and functional skills.

I also have really enjoyed tutoring students ranging from third grade through ninth grade for a private company called Hidden Potentials. Over the years while working with this company I have practiced my teaching skills and applied the idea that students can learn in a variety of ways because they are all different. For example, when teaching a third grader about fractions I used M&Ms to show the different amounts so that he could visualize which portion he would truly want to eat. I am currently helping a ninth grader get through his classes so that he can focus on being a mechanic. He brought his grades up in eighth grade math from an F to an A because I was able to explain to him as well as show him how to do his Algebra homework. Recently he was having trouble in his English class by showing how to write a descriptive essay.

As a tutor and educator, I believe that ultimately students are responsible for their own learning process so that I will be able to go from “providing instruction” to observing an independent learner. I can also relate very well to students who get overwhelmed with the amount of homework given by teachers which is why I believe it is important for parents, students, and tutors alike to be on the same page so that the student can succeed in life. I am so excited that I can actually change students' lives. A quote which sums up my feelings on being a tutor is when Ever Garrison says, "A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils" and volunteering in that classroom many years ago provided me with the enthusiasm it takes to be that compass who guides students through their learning.
Dear student(s),
Little did I know twelve years ago that by volunteering in a school and playing my guitar once a week I would begin my career as someone who was interested in becoming a teacher. The next year I was hired at Jefferson Jr. High School to work with an individual student guiding her through a structured environment. While
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Policies
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Melbourne, FL 32935
Music:
General Music, Piano,
Sight Singing, Voice (Music)
English:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers,
Autism,
Phonics, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Homeschool, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary

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.

Aspergers

I worked with a few students in the past who had Aspergers. I tutored a thirteen year old in reading comprehension. During his breaks he would teach me American Sign Language (ASL) for different animal picture cards I showed him. I also helped another student break down fractions by drawing pictures on the board.

Autism

I have my bachelor's degree in Exceptional Student Education (Special Education) and also have my reading endorsement as well as my E.S.O.L. endorsement. I have worked with special needs students for the past ten years in the public school system, care giving, and tutoring. I am currently helping as an instructional assistant in the Brevard Learners Achieve Successful Transition (B.L.A.S.T.) program for young adults ages 18 - 22 years old.

Piano

I took piano lessons myself when I was a child and almost minored in music at the University of Central Florida, but I didn't want to spend anymore money at the time. I went to Appalachian State University for one year in 2004 for Music Therapy. I was also a voice major and was in chorus from the age of twelve. I began taking piano lessons seriously at the age of fourteen.

Special Needs

I have my bachelor's degree in Special Education K-12 along with a reading endorsement and an E.S.O.L. endorsement for K-12. I have been working in the field for the past ten years now and started out as a one on one for a child with autism. I love helping children and adults find their way. I love Howard Gardener's Multiple Intelligence Theory and believe that everyone has his or her own way of learning. Please contact Wyzant in advance and set up your payment method so that I may be able to contact you in a timely fashion.

University of Central Florida
Special Education

Education

University of Central Florida (Special Education)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Travel policy

Marykate will travel within 10 miles of Melbourne, FL 32935.