Vassar College (Drama)
Virginia Commonwealth University (MEd)
Learning is an energetic and organized process that should leave room for fun.
I like to help students of almost any age who want to be a little better at something -- reading, writing, editing, vocabulary, planning or organizing , studying for exams, or finding the right information in a sentence or paragraph.
I enjoy working with struggling readers; helping students develop initiative; teaching study skills and strategies to promote organization; and helping with social and/or behavioral challenges that might be impeding progress in the academic setting.
I was a professional performer and I have years of stage experience that make me a comfortable public speaker - this helps me advise students who wish to be stronger self-advocates with their teachers, and it also makes me an effective and experienced public speaking advisor.
I have a Master's degree in Education (General Education/Special Education) and I regularly refresh and update my training. I've taught in all kinds of classrooms and I have worked in both public and private schools. I am at home with all students -- from highly motivated learners to less confident students (who may even have academic or other challenges, such as ADHD, Executive Function, or Learning Disorders.) I want every learner to succeed.
I am positive, supportive, and honest --- and I will be the first person to tell you (or the first person to listen, if you tell me) that you might learn better from someone else. I look forward to working with you. Learning is an energetic and organized process that should leave room for fun.
I like to help students of almost any age who want to be a little better at something -- reading, writing, … Read more
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I received a Master's degree in Special Education (General Ed/Special Ed) with a focus in Disability Policy in 2012 from Virginia Commonwealth University. There, I received specific instruction in best practices/teaching methods for students with a range of diagnosed disabilities. I am certified to to teach special education and was a special education teacher (in both self-contained and collaborative classrooms) and supervised a caseload of students annually, many of whom had an ADHD diagnosis.
I have a Master's Degree in Education (Special Education) and I have a particular parallel interest in autism (through the lifespan,) as I have a child with autism, who is now a young adult. As a result, I have been educating myself -- formally and through my community -- since the early 1990's in autism; I have been the president of the Autism Society of America - Central Virginia Chapter, and I've participated in countless seminars and autism-related workshops. I am particularly interested in helping individuals who struggle with difficult behavior and managing the social expectations of their environment (academic or otherwise) successfully.
I have a Master's Degree in Special Education, but I also have a child with autism, who is now a young adult. As a result, I have been deeply involved in educating myself in every aspect of his world since the early 1990's. I made it my formal profession, but I also became very active in the autism community, serving as President of the Autism Society of America (Central Virginia Chapter,) and tirelessly seeking to educate myself (however necessary) in best practices -- be it positive behavior support, customized employment for transition, "social thinking" framework for successful management of the environment, or any other aspect of autism. This is the population most dear to my heart.
I have a Master's Degree in Education (Special Education) from Virginia Commonwealth University, and I am a certified special education teacher. I have taught students with a range of learning disabilities, including those with reading disorders (Dyslexia). I recently (August, 2016) completed a full 6-day (40-hour) training in the Orton-Gillingham approach, which is one of the oldest and most effective interventions available to students identified to have reading challenges.
In addition to a Master's degree in Special Education, I recently (August, 2016) completed 40 hours of training in the Orton Gillingham approach which focuses on (among other features) phonics as part of its multi-sensory approach to reading.
I received a bachelor's degree in drama from Vassar College, and then moved to New York, where I was a professional classical singer for several years. My experience ranges from theater, to opera and cabaret. I'm at home with audiences of any size. When my children were teenagers, I returned to graduate school to study special education and get my teaching certificate. I have taught in general and special education high school classrooms, where strong public speaking skills are essential, as any seasoned teacher can tell you. I love to help others gain confidence in their ability to communicate, be it with one person or one hundred people.
Particularly familiar with the Orton-Gillingham reading approach - recently completed 40-four intensive training.
I have a Master's degree in Special Education from Virginia Commonwealth University (2012) and was a Special Education teacher in Richmond, Virginia before moving to KC. I am currently a learning specialist at an independent school.
I have received training in positive behavior support, and regularly find opportunities to refresh my understanding of best practices for students with mild learning disabilities (and a range of other challenges) in the academic setting.
I am also the parent of a 23 year-old with special needs and have served as the President of the Central Virginia chapter of the Autism Society of America.