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I am a state certified Reading Specialist and elementary classroom teacher with a Master's degree and 20 years' experience. My private and public school experience includes working as a classroom teacher (K-5), reading and learning specialist, and working as a tutor for beginning readers through adults. I am successful in helping students with dyslexia and other reading disabilities.
To begin with, I conduct informal inventories and assessments to determine students' learning style as well as their strengths and challenges. In addition, I talk with students to find out their interests as well as their concerns. I supplement my assessments with learning about their school experience...reading formal reports, IEPs (if relevant), and other material provided by parents.
In beginning reading, students learn the mechanics of reading: phonics, blending skills, sight words, sentence and paragraph reading, fluency, and basic comprehension. I use Orton-Gillingham techniques to teach structured, sequential phonics, starting with consonants (including consonant blends and digraphs) and progressing to vowel teams and diphthongs. I teach phonemic awareness and blending skills for the young learner.
From 3rd grade on, students move from learning to read to reading to learn. They are now reading multisyllabic words that are often content based. If a student has not learned syllabication rules, they will struggle in reading grade level material. In addition, reading becomes more content based after second grade and critical thinking, as well as inferential comprehension, is necessary to the success of a student in any subject matter, including math. I use numerous techniques to help children comprehend fiction and non-fiction material. I am a firm believer that these skills must be taught and practiced for a student to apply them in school.
In addition, I have taught and tutored math in the elementary grades. My experience includes Everyday Math and Saxon math for students with learning differences. I utilize many techniques to help students who have difficulty with computation and story problems.
I am a patient teacher and learning specialist who works to help your student achieve success in their academic environment. I look forward to working with you! I am a state certified Reading Specialist and elementary classroom teacher with a Master's degree and 20 years' experience. My private and public school experience includes working as a classroom teacher (K-5), reading and learning specialist, and working as a tutor for beginning readers
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She is wonderful, patient, caring, knows the English language inside and out, sensitive, goes the extra mile, gives of herself freely, has the student in mind and at the front always, thinks inside and outside the box and applies it to the students situation and level. Your child will improve just seeing her. She has a complete understanding of the progression of learning the English language and the application of it; how to get your child from where they are to a better place. I learned almost as much as my daughter. I am a tough sell and I would recommend her to anyone seeking help without reservation or hesitation. She is the best, whatever situation, learning disability, struggle, or problem.
Susan is the perfect fit for our tutoring needs. She has a wealth of experience as a teacher and also a wealth of experience as a reading specialist. My daughter needs help with both Math and Phonics/Reading, so finding Susan fills both of those needs. I would definitely recommend Susan. In two lessons, she has taught my daughter "little tricks" for subtraction and addition that are helping her with her timed Math tests. She has been great!
Susan worked with my daughter for one hour the afternoon before a big math test. She created some flip cards with common math terms for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. That hour really helped. My daughter scored a 100 on her math test! Thank you Susan! You are a great resource.
Susan is passionate about her work and it comes through in her interaction with our son. He enjoys the time he has with Susan and her methods have proven effective.
We asked Susan S. to help our son build confidence with logic and reasoning problems in both math and reading comprehension. She met with our son a couple of times and knew the right approach to take with him immediately. She provides materials that are relevant and challenging and helps our son in his approach to each problem. Even after just a handful of sessions together, our son is more confident in tackling his schoolwork with his new skills as tools that he can use everyday.
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As part of my M.A. in Education, I majored in Reading Disabilities. I learned how a dyslexic student's brain was "wired" differently. Students are helped by instructors who use a structured sequential program in phonics, teach organizational and time management skills, and improve fluency and comprehension.
I worked as a reading specialist in the Alexandria public Schools for 5 years, served as a reading and learning specialist for students who learn differently at 4 private schools in Atlanta (7 years), as a tutor for elementary, high school and adults through a special school for dyslexics and as a CRCT tutor in a county school in GA for 2 years. This is in addition to accommodating students with learning differences in the classroom, where I taught for 7 years. I have been very successful in helping my students, from kindergarten children through adults.
I have an M.A. in Education from George Washington University and 20 years of classroom experience in both public and private schools. I am a certified reading specialist with an M.A. in reading disabilities. I teach all levels of reading, phonics, languages arts, writing, math and study skills. I am certified in Distar and experienced in Orton Gillingham structured, sequential phonics program. I am experienced in teaching inferential and literal comprehension, improving study skills and narrative, persuasive, report and descriptive writing.
I have over 20 years of experience teaching language arts and reading at the elementary level through 5th grade. This includes grammar, which is essential for the other important subject of writing skills. Grammar is also an important component in annual state-wide testing, the Iowa Achievement Test and is part of the Common Core curriculum throughout the U.S. In addition, using correct grammar in oral speech influences how people respond to a person, especially in the workplace/business world.
I hold an M.A. in Education with a major in Reading Disabilities. I learned about dyslexia in the '70s, long before schools were aware of how the brain's "wiring" affected a student's ability to read. I have experience in specific programs, such as Distar, Orton Gillingham, Project Read, Wilson Reading, etc. that have been developed and used specifically to help dyslexic students. These programs include instructing students in structured, sequential phonics, using multi- techniques. I also emphasize improving reading fluency so that comprehension is improved as well.
I have worked in several private schools as a learning specialist. In public school, I worked as a Reading Specialist, tutor and classroom teacher with students that had reading disabilities based on diagnosed dyslexia. I have 20 years experience between working in public and private schools.
In my teaching experience, I analyzed psychological-educational reports from psychologists, developed IEPs (Individual Educational Plans) based on student needs, (in public schools I implemented IEPs but did not develop them), benchmarked student progress through the year's curriculum and modified goals as necessary. As part of my job working with Dyslexic students, I have conferenced with parents, suggested materials, approaches and ways to help the student used their learning strengths to compensate for their learning challenges.
Not only do I have experience in teaching children, but I also worked in several corporate jobs in training and development. In addition, as a trainer for the sales/ marketing department of a large health care insurance company, I made presentations to sales professionals at conferences. My skills in organizing my speech material, establishing connection with my audience and driving home the points that needed to be remembered were all important to my effective as a public speaker. All students, even in the elementary grades, should be taught how to stand up in front of a group and present their information effectively. I was also a member of Toastmasters for several years, which helped me acquire the feedback I needed to be successful as a public speaker.
I have a B.A. and an M.A. in Education with a major in Reading Disabilities. I am state certified as a Reading Specialist and elementary/middle school to teach all components of reading: phonics, comprehension,and fluency. I have used Orton Gillingham techniques for dyslexic students and taught reading to all skill levels of students. I have worked with students from age 4 through adults. In this last category, I tutored adults who were non-readers or LD students who were never identified and given remedial help.
As a Master's level certified reading specialist, I know that a good vocabulary becomes even more important for students (4th grade and up) to use as a tool to comprehend increasingly difficulty reading material and literature. Most students do not understand this and just feel that knowing the definition of a "word on a card" for a test is what is important. However, it is much more important in reading and analyzing text, as it contributes to reading comprehension, in both fiction and non-fiction text. In order to learn the meaning of a word, the first thing a student must do is use syllabication and vowel sound rules, as well as accent rules, in order to blend and say the word correctly.