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fontbonne college (Elementary ED)
Rockford University (Master's)
I am a retired elementary school teacher with 35+ years of experience. I have a special education background with Deaf and Hard of hearing students. My career includes time in a self contained hearing impaired class as well as 14 years with fourth graders and 7 years with 5th graders. For several years I was in a co-taught inclusion classroom , so I have worked with special needs students and prepared many differentiated lessons for individual children. I currently do substitute teaching with K-5 students. I am also a coach with the Girls on the Run program in an area school district.
I believe a student's academic success is built not only on the skills required for each subject, but also on building up confidence and self esteem. I try first to help struggling students see what they can do as opposed to what they can not do! I work hard to incorporate all of the different learning styles in each lesson. I also have a good working knowledge of educational apps that help students have fun while learning. My greatest joy is witnessing the "aha" moments when a student grasps a concept!
I have had 35 years experience teaching elementary school math. I have worked the past 4 years with the new Common Core standards as well. I believe in using manipulatives when possible to help students grasp difficult concepts.
Over my years of teaching I have worked with many struggling readers. I have experience with many techniques geared towards helping struggling readers in each area from phonics to fluency and comprehension. I have a large personal selection of learning games that help students become more proficient in both reading and writing.
I was actively teaching when the transition began to Common Core standards. I am familiar with several sites that can aid students in understanding those standards. I am always researching these sites to stay informed and up to date with these changes. I also have memberships in several sites that offer practice pages for all Common Core Standards.
I taught all of the subjects as an elementary classroom teacher. I have experience teaching science and social studies for the content area, but also focused on the reading skills needed to be successful in those subjects. Improving study skills was also a very important component of each lesson. I helped student learn to study for tests and how to use valuable strategies when taking the tests.
As a classroom teacher, I understand that each student is an individual with strengths and weaknesses. I want to help students do the best they can in school and feel confident in their abilities as well as prepare them to be successful in life. I am a retired elementary school teacher with 35+ years of experience. I have a special education background with Deaf and Hard of hearing students. My career includes time in a self contained hearing impaired class as well as 14 years with fourth graders and 7 years with
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Over many years of teaching I was involved in curriculum planning in the area of language arts. I have experience with many approaches to teaching reading, including whole language activities, balanced literacy strategies, as well as teaching the common core standards. I am proficient at keeping running records, evaluating reading skills, and assessing reading comprehension.