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Knox College (Sociology-Anthr.)
Loyola University Chicago (Master's)
I have always enjoyed being in various educational environments, whether in a classroom, a museum or a quiet place at home. I attended a very small high school which provided an intimate atmosphere enabling teachers to teach us more thoroughly and more creatively.
During my college years, I fervently sought out more learning, and, subsequently, teaching opportunities. My passion for education sparked my interest in becoming a teacher.
For 12 years, I taught 4th grade to richly diverse groups of ELL, English Language Learners. My interdisciplinary approach to teaching allowed my students to see relationships between reading, writing and other subjects. Five years ago, I embarked on a new phase in my teaching career--I transitioned from my position as 4th grade ESL teacher into my school’s library media specialist. My fluency in the Spanish language and my endorsements in bilingual/bicultural education and ESL have equipped me with very effective tools to have meaningful interactions with my students and their parents. I am an avid reader, I participate in numerous cultural activities, and during the summer, I enjoy traveling throughout the US and abroad to learn more about other cultures and educational practices. I constantly challenge and clarify my beliefs regarding the way I live my personally and professionally.
If you are interested in a tutor who is as eager to learn as she is to teach, fun, outgoing, and committed to providing others with a well-rounded education, I am the tutor for you! Please contact me so we can start the learning process for us both. I have always enjoyed being in various educational environments, whether in a classroom, a museum or a quiet place at home. I attended a very small high school which provided an intimate atmosphere enabling teachers to teach us more thoroughly and more creatively.
During my college years, I fervently sought out more learning, and,
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In December 1997, I earned a Type 03 Elementary Teaching Certificate. I returned to North Park in the spring of 1998 where I completed courses for endorsements in Middle School Language Arts and Middle School Social Studies. Monday through Friday, I teach students from Kindergarten to 6th grade. The instruction they receive ranges from distinguishing fiction from nonfiction texts to identifying character, setting and plot of stories to more complex activities like understanding author's purpose, tone and mood of a specific piece of literature-based or nonfiction reading.
Because I always instruct students using an interdisciplinary approach, any given Language Arts lesson may incorporate Science, Social Studies, Art, etc. Assessments are reflective of and chosen carefully based upon subject matter, grade level and student ability.
I have Illinois State endorsements in English As A Second Language--Primary & Middle School, Bilingual (English/Spanish) endorsements--Primary & Middle School as well as Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies endorsements.
After being complimented on my cursive writing for many years, the instructional coordinator at my school recommended me to Zaner-Bloser, the handwriting company. They asked me to edit one of their 4th grade instruction manuals. If I may so humble, I must have not only impressed them. It is clear that I did a great job of teaching my students. One of my 4th graders won the school handwriting contest that year. Representatives from Zaner-Bloser came to my school to acknowledge my student and me. She received a certificate and other items; I was given a beautiful wooden pen bearing the company's logo.
Loyola University-Chicago, Chicago, IL
Master of Arts in Sociology
Knox College, Galesburg, IL,
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology-Anthropology
My training in Sociology has enabled me to understand why students think, feel and behave the way they do. This guides my approach to and instruction of them, being more capable of providing children of diverse backgrounds and experiences with a well-rounded education, one that promotes self-awareness and self-respect along with academic success.