Augustana College, Rock Island, IL (Elementary Education)
Roosevelt University - Schaumburg, IL (MEd)
For the last 10 years, I have taught students of varying ages and backgrounds. At the start of my teaching career, I taught English at the college level in Seville, Spain. Shortly after, I gained experience as a bilingual teacher and later as a general education teacher in grades 5 and 6 in one of the top public school districts in the Northwest suburbs of IL. It was during this time that I worked with a variety of learners, including children on the spectrum and gifted learners. Most recently, I worked as a gifted/enrichment coach and as an instructional coach. I support teachers in the Common Core, create and lead staff development opportunities, write challenging and engaging curriculum for my school district and promote higher level learning activities for students ranking within the 10th percentile nationally.
In my experience as an educator, I believe that all students are capable of excellence. I motivate learners to push through challenges, overcome blocks, and think outside the box. I love to work with students of varying learning abilities as I believe it makes me that much stronger of a learner myself. It is a top priority of mine to make learning fun and create an environment where asking questions is always encouraged! I have been rated excellent overall for several years in a row in teacher evaluations and have consistently exceeded standardized growth projections when I had my own classroom. I also have my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership that includes a Type 75 certificate (administrative).
My areas of expertise include reading comprehension, reading fluency, early literacy, assessment, writing, mathematics, and test prep (PARCC, MAP, ACT).
My rate is higher than average because I believe my experience as a gifted teacher, enrichment coach and instructional coach offers profound value. I spend time getting to know each learner through anecdotal records and informal assessments that inform the creation of each lesson that acts as a cohesive learning unit. I spend time outside of lessons planning just right materials for each child that are engaging, comprehensive, and fun.
Some additional notes: I am willing to travel or meet in an agreed upon location. Families requesting pre-K and K tutoring typically run 30-45 minutes in length with the same rate. I kindly request a 24-hour notice for any cancellations. For the last 10 years, I have taught students of varying ages and backgrounds. At the start of my teaching career, I taught English at the college level in Seville, Spain. Shortly after, I gained experience as a bilingual teacher and later as a general education teacher in grades 5 and 6 in
This rate applies to lessons at the Bucktown-Wicker Park Library and includes travel, unless commute is longer than 20 minutes.
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I currently work with a company called ACT UP that is designed to help high school students learn how to speed read effectively to maximize their time on the test. When preparing for the ACT English test, I give high school students a pre-test designed to assess the skills they are needing support in and then teach them those specific skills so they can be successful on the test.
I am a former gifted teacher and enrichment coach and have extensive training in teaching literacy. I currently teach high school students how to prepare for and master the ACT.
As a classroom teacher, I have had students with Individualized Education Programs (IEP). I have taught numerous students with ADD/ADHD and am very familiar with how to support students with learning needs. I make my instruction very tactile and engaging to motivate students to learn.
I have taught students on the spectrum for the last 2 years. In my 5th grade self-contained general education classroom last year, I had a student with Autism. I incorporated his fascination for trains in instruction daily-- for math problems, for book topics, etc. This year, as a Gifted Teacher, one of my students is Autistic and is extraordinarily bright. I am always finding new ways to challenge him through his fascination with Minecraft and Pokemon.
I have served on our literacy task force in our school district for the common core curriculum implementation. Also as a Gifted Teacher, I am always aligning standards at least 1-2 strands above grade level to challenge and enrich students. I am very familiar with both ELA and Math common core standards as an Enrichment Coach/Gifted Teacher in my school district.
As a former elementary classroom teacher for over 8+ years, I have extensive experience teaching math and understand the Common Core Math Proficiency Standards. In my position as a Gifted Teacher and Enrichment Coach, I have helped students master challenging math tasks, develop confidence as mathematicians, and gain the skills to persevere through challenging math problems.
As a Certified Professional Life Coach, I am a public speaker. I lead training sessions for professional organizations that are tailored to their mission and purpose. Most recently, I led a workshop for 100 women pursuing their MBA at Loyola University in Chicago on taking risks. As a former teacher, I incorporate tools on engagement and interaction to help audiences feel excited and motivated towards action.
As a classroom teacher, I provide study guides, handouts, and reviews for students to practice content. I teach students how to read for clarity and understanding, create check-lists to self-monitor, and organize their thinking to help them prepare for important exams. I model for students how to develop these skills so that they can be self-sufficient with these skills.