East Tennessee state Univ. (Elementary Education)
University of South Carolina (Master's)
I retired from teaching after 30 years experience which included five years of experience working with college students in a teacher training program. My specialty is early childhood, ages 5 - 8, all subjects. I was teacher of the year at a creative arts school where I taught for nine years and first runner up for our district. I was a teacher trainer of Full Operation Science kits and gave numerous in service trainings on a variety of topics related to best practice.
I believe young children work best in a supportive environment that recognizes their individual strengths while addressing targeted areas for needed growth. My lessons actively engage students in order to increase interest and motivation. Parents are welcome to observe lessons which begin with a few minutes of sharing in order to create a positive relationship between teacher and child. Informal assessment data is collected to monitor student progress over time and feedback is given to parents/caretakers.
I love to read and to teach children how to become good readers! I begin reading lessons with phonics activities that will translate to the written text as children explore new words. Strategies that good readers use (in addition to phonics) are incorporated, including increasing background knowledge, using context clues and developing vocabulary.
Spelling is best taught when it follows explicit phonics instruction - See below. Handwriting is appropriately paired with spelling, if needed.
Phonics/Spelling lessons begin with phonemic awareness activities which help students to better listen and manipulate the sounds they hear in words. Explicit instruction in the phonograms and rules used for reading and spelling are taught and then applied as students read high interest books that are "just right" in terms of level of difficulty.
Feel free to call me for a phone interview in order to see if your child and I might be a good "fit." I look forward to hearing from you! I retired from teaching after 30 years experience which included five years of experience working with college students in a teacher training program. My specialty is early childhood, ages 5 - 8, all subjects. I was teacher of the year at a creative arts school where I taught for nine years and first runner up for our district. I was a teacher
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