Hunter Coilege (English)
University of Miami (Master's)
Hello. I am a recently retired Miami-Dade Public School teacher. I have had only one career my entire life - teaching. I grew up in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Hunter College in NYC in 1969. I was only twenty years old. At twenty-one I began teaching English at a local J.H.S. and worked there for three years. In 1973 I took a leave of absence to pursue my Master's Degree at the University of Miami which I received in 1975. I fell in love with Miami and decided to permanently relocate. I then became a teacher for MDCPS. I have taught Language Arts, creative writing, and journalism on the secondary level (grades 6-12) for more than thirty-five years. I have held various leadership positions throughout my career. I also left the classroom, for a brief period of time, to become a Reading Specialist for the District. In that capacity I presented in-services to teachers, developed curriculum, wrote grants and worked with the various administrations at the schools to which I was assigned. I became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2008.
I have been blessed throughout my career to have worked with some amazing students and an still in touch with a number of them more than a decade or more later. It was always important, in my classroom, to maintain an open line of communication and respect diversity and divergent opinion. I am non-confrontational and always strove create an environment conducive to learning. I loved teaching, and my students, and found that my sense of humor, (sometimes self-deprecating) could diffuse a difficult situation with far better results than harsh words or power-tripping. Teachers sometimes don't realize how a careless negative remark can destroy a child and shut down his desire to succeed. I always chose to praise whenever possible. I still do. I have done a good deal of tutoring over the course of my career. I love working one-on-one with students. Sometimes students too embarrassed to ask for help will open up when working with a tutor. I always start by really trying to get to know the student i am tutoring. Psychology is as important as knowledge of the subject. I want the student to feel comfortable, and able to make mistakes without fear of reprisal. My goal is to not only see the students improve in their subject area, and realize their potential, but to develop more confidence, and pride in accomplishment. Everyone can succeed!
A review of my qualifications are as follows:
•Bachelor’s Degree, Hunter College
•Master’s Degree, University of Miami
•35+ years teaching experience grades 6-12; remedial – gifted
•District Reading Specialist for Division of Language Arts/Reading MDCPS
•National Board Certified Teacher AYA/ELA
I look forward to meeting and working with you. I am flexible with regard to both hours and locations and will work to accommodate your needs. I charge $50/hour, but will discount based on increased hours per week. Please feel free to contact me to learn more and schedule lessons. Hello. I am a recently retired Miami-Dade Public School teacher. I have had only one career my entire life - teaching. I grew up in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Hunter College in NYC in 1969. I was only twenty years old. At twenty-one I began teaching English at a local J.H.S. and worked there for three years. In 1973 I took a leave of
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