Illinois State University (Special Ed.)
First of all, let me say that it is my passion to help you or your child to succeed as much as possible. I have my Bachelor's in Special Education from Illinois State University. During my 12 years in the classroom I have taught children with learning disabilities, visual limitations, speech and language delays and cognitive delays. Eight of those years were spent in Arlington Hts., IL team teaching in a combined elementary classroom with disabled and non-disabled children, two of those years were in a private school setting in Nashville, TN, with K-12 students who had learning disabilities, and two years were as an inclusion facilitator in the elementary public schools in Palatine, IL. I have also team taught "Characteristics of Children with Disabilities" at Harper College in Palatine, IL for 5 years. I have spoken at numerous conferences such as "Joni and Friends Family Retreat," the "Greater Chicago Sunday School Association," "Promiseland Conference at Willowcreek Community Church," and to summer camp staff through Voice of Care in Rockford, IL about how to include children with special needs in camp programs, classrooms, and churches.
I believe that every child is able to learn and that my job as a teacher is to find the best way to teach each child. We are all unique in how we learn so I strive to make learning engaging, fun, hands-on and focused on your strengths and interests as much as possible. For instance, if we are doing math I would look for ways to connect it to your everyday life and interests instead of just doing worksheets. I believe that we all have our strengths and weaknesses and when we use our strengths as a springboard for learning we are so much more successful! I look at what you do well already and then build on that to learn other skills. I believe in being creative and thinking outside the box if needed to help you learn and grow to your fullest potential!
I look forward to meeting you and talking about the possibility of helping you to grow to be all that you can be! Thank you so much for considering me. First of all, let me say that it is my passion to help you or your child to succeed as much as possible. I have my Bachelor's in Special Education from Illinois State University. During my 12 years in the classroom I have taught children with learning disabilities, visual limitations, speech
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My bachelor degree is in Special Education and throughout the 12 years that I taught in public and private schools, I have worked with a number of students who have dyslexia. I have also taught "Characteristics of Children with Disabilities" at the junior college level where I used hands-on experiences to help the students understand what it feels like to have dyslexia. My approach would be to first find out the child's interests, find books that fit that interest, read to the child to spark an interest in the book, help them to understand new words using a visual approach, when they were "stuck" with a word, tell them what it is so that the comprehension could be sustained, then work on sounding out or learning a word as a sight word.
I have taught in public and private schools for a total of 12 years, 8 of those in an elementary school where I team taught with other teachers of regular classrooms. I have taught in a resource room with children in grades K-12th. I have privately tutored students in reading, math, and study skills.
My first year in college I was a voice major and took sight reading, ear training and private voice lessons. I have played the flute since 3rd grade and still do. I also play the piano and have written music, transposed music, written accompaniments, and directed choirs of seniors in retirement communities. I believe that music is very important for the development of the right side of the brain as it impacts all areas of learning.
The four years that I taught in a team taught kindergarten classroom we used a phonics based approach to teach reading readiness skills. I have used the Phonics Game to privately tutor a student and have used simple sign language to assist students to learn letter sounds, as well as a Kinesthetic approach (such as physical games to practice letter sounds, writing in sand and other materials) to help a child who was unable to read.
My bachelor degree is in Special Ed. with an emphasis on Physical Disabilities. I have taught special ed students for 12 years with a variety of disabilities including: speech and language delays, visual limitations, mild mental impairment, mild to severe physical disability, learning disabilities, and moderate hearing loss. I have also taught at the Junior College level "Characteristics of Children with Disabilities" for 5 years. I have worked with churches to develop plans to help them serve children with special needs in their congregations. I have also spoken at several church conferences about how to include children with disabilities.
I have a bachelor's degree in Special Ed. and as a classroom teacher and a private tutor have taught students study skills such as: use of mnemonic devices, use of visualization to remember facts, finding and outlining the main idea and supporting facts, use of note cards for review, use of all modes of learning (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) to learn the material, and the use of mind maps to separate and group pieces of information. Other study skills would be dependent on the subject being studied and the strengths of the student.