Northern Illinois University (Speech Pathology)
Hello! My name is Kierstin and I am entering my senior year at Northern Illinois University this upcoming fall semester! I am majoring in Communicative Disorders and minoring in Spanish. My heart is for language in its entirety! I absolutely love learning all that I can about this subject area because I really feel that it's what brings people together and also what makes us all so unique!
I specialize in English and Spanish. English reading and writing has always come very naturally to me. I scored a 28 on the ACT reading portion and a 35 on the ACT English portion with no preparation. I was able to place out of numerous beginner level English courses upon entering college because of my skill level. During the past school year, I worked as a paraprofessional teaching assistant in the Belvidere school district. During my time there, I assisted the classroom teacher in creating writing and reading lesson plans for our sixth grade students. I greatly enjoyed coming up with creative activities that our students loved, and I hope to bring that same kind of spunk to my tutoring! Writing is a true passion of mine! For fun in my spare time, I often journal and write my own slam poetry (I haven't quite gotten the guts to perform live yet - but I'm working on it!)
I also have some knowledge about American Sign Language. I was introduced to ASL last year and I've fallen in love! I currently work one on one with a participant in my summer day camp program who solely uses ASL to communicate and I am learning A LOT! Talking with your hands really is such a beautiful thing, and I plan to pursue this more and more!
I have taken over eight years of Spanish language instruction, three of which were at the college level. I am currently pursuing a minor in Spanish as well. I have a strong understanding of not only the language and syntactical structure, but also of Hispanic culture. While working in the Belvidere school district, I often assisted in translation for parents and children who needed services. I am proud to say that I conducted an IEP meeting in coordination with the classroom teacher where I was required to translate the entirety to a Spanish speaking parent. I have a real love for Spanish language, literature, values, and culture.
I have also taken about a year of American Sign Language classes through Northern Illinois University in adjunct with working one on one with a participant in my summer camp program who strictly uses ASL. I feel comfortable tutoring ASL 1 (basic American Sign Language) because I have a strong grasp on the sentence structuring and formalities of the basic level of the language. I am still pursuing more opportunities to further my education in the subject in order to offer more services!
English writing and reading have always been favorite subjects of mine. I received a 28 on my reading section of my ACT and a 35 on my English section, which helped me to place out of beginner level English courses upon entering college. I have recently taken an English grammar course at NIU where I solidified my knowledge of all of the various parts of speech, clauses, and phrases in the English language and excelled with an A in the class. I am majoring in Speech-Language Pathology and have always had a significant passion for helping others to express themselves through both written and spoken forms of communication. While working for district 100, I co-taught reading and writing lessons daily to sixth grade students. In my spare time, I often enjoying journaling or writing slam poetry to fuel my own creativity!
If we would be a good fit or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me! I would be more than happy to help you achieve your goals in anyway that I can. I am currently available in the DeKalb area most Monday-Thursdays after 1 pm and can provide my own transportation if need be. Hello! My name is Kierstin and I am entering my senior year at Northern Illinois University this upcoming fall semester! I am majoring in Communicative Disorders and minoring in Spanish. My heart is for language in its entirety! I absolutely love learning all that I can about this subject area because I really feel that it's what brings people
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