Graceland University (Elementary Education)
I am currently student teaching in a 4th grade classroom and will finish at the end of this month (February). I will then be substitute teaching in area schools as I work to complete the exam required to receive my Iowa teaching license. I have my Reading Endorsement and hope to eventually become a Reading Specialist. After I have taught for 3 years I will work to get my master's degree. I have worked in Kindergarten, 2nd grade and 4th grade classrooms. I also home schooled my own children for 3 years when they were younger. I find learning exciting and work hard to find what works best for each student and their learning style. I am good at putting people at ease and helping them connect with their ability to problem solve. I believe every student has what they need inside themselves to accomplish anything they put their minds to. It is my hope that I can help them find the keys to unlock any doors they encounter and to see in themselves how capable and excellent they are.
I am a mother of 4 sons, ages 8 - 17. One son has ADHD and I am very familiar with how to work with such issues. I have a part time job working for a company in South Central Iowa, SIRF (Southern Iowa Resources for Families). I am a community support specialist with this organization and I work with 2 - 3 teenage girls helping them learn life skills. This ranges from cooking and cleaning skills, to price comparing, safety in public, social skills, and budgeting skills. I have worked with this organization for just over 2 years. Before that I was a stay at home mom and ran my own house cleaning business to supplement our income. I am currently student teaching in a 4th grade classroom and will finish at the end of this month (February). I will then be substitute teaching in area schools as I work to complete the exam required to receive my Iowa teaching license. I have my Reading Endorsement and hope to eventually become a Reading Specialist. After I have taught for 3
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My only qualifications come from being a mother of a 14 year old son with ADHD, and the students I have encountered with it during student teaching. I have done research to learn about diet, routine, stimulation, sleeping needs, conflict resolution, medications, etc. My experience has been trial and error and the things I have learned through that.
My degree will be received at the end of February for Elementary Education from Graceland University. I can supply an Official Transcript. I also have excellent references with University supervisors and elementary school teachers whose classrooms I have worked in.
I have taught handwriting to the 4th grade students I am currently student teaching. We are using the Words Their Way program to learn cursive writing. I also have to have clear handwriting when I write on the board for lessons, and when I create charts to hang on the walls of the classroom.
I have my Reading Endorsement. Phonics are covered extensively in the courses I was required to take. I also did my Practicum with a Title 1 Reading teacher at Mt. Ayr Elementary.
I have worked for Southern Iowa Resources for Families (SIRF) in Leon, Ia, for 2 1/2 years. I am a community support specialist, meaning I help special needs individuals learn life skills like cooking, budgeting, safety in home and public, and take them to activities to give them time outside of home.
In college there were units in Psychology classes that discussed various ways to study. I experimented with several till I found what worked for me, which I discovered incorporated several different approaches. Personal motivation, team work, repetition, taking occasional breaks that could involve physical movement, and rewards are important aspects of studying.