For 11 years, I taught a self-contained classroom for students in grades 3-5 with behavioral and emotional challenges. I was responsible for their evaluative academic testing, curriculum design, Individual Educational Plan writing and implementation, and behavioral modification plan implementation. During the 13-14 school year, I had been fortunate to have taught a transitional classroom, for students ready to attempt to transition to general education classrooms. My classroom had been very successful, having 4 students transition fully to general education, and 2 transition partially.
For 2 years, I taught Basic Education skills to inmates. As the county prepared to move the Center to a brand new facility in Ludlow, I was offered the new position of College Coordinator. I designed and implemented a college program which was offered long-distance with Atlantic Union College of South Lancaster, MA. After a number of years with AUC, my supervisor and I created a working relationship with STCC of Springfield, MA to provide on-site college courses.
I was responsible for the entire implementation and running of the college programs. Application for financial aid, registering for courses, assigning instructors, distribution of materials, were all under my pervue. During my tenure as college coordinator, I published articles in 2 national periodicals reporting the effectiveness of college programming on recidivism rates ("American Jails", "Journal of Correctional Education").
I taught behavior classrooms for 12 years. The majority of the students in those classrooms had ADD/ADHD.
I enjoy teaching, but like tutoring even more, as I get to know the individual student. I love the challenge of getting to know the strengths and weaknesses of each of my students, and creating strategies that will help them be most successful.
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