University of Chicago (Master's)
As an avid and wide ranging reader and writer, I love to work with students and to find out what their interests are so that I can support their love of reading and learning via tapping into and sharing their passion.
I am a parent of four grown children with distinct differences--oldest daughter is in finance, older son is a PhD. mathematician, younger son is a sculptor with a hearing and speech impediment and youngest daughter is an organic farmer, print maker. Obviously I have experience with supporting and developing a range of learners within my own immediate family. However, I am also an experienced educator with over 20 years in public education as a literary specialist and administrator (Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Academic Challenge Director, and Elementary School Principal, as well as a classroom teacher). I have also worked 10 years in private schools as a resource teacher supporting middle and elementary students and as a life skills teacher for high school drop outs seeking a GED.
As an experienced tutor, I know that it is essential that I develop a solid and clear understanding of each student's interests and of their learning style in order to develop lessons that are engaging while at the same time focused on individual goal(s) (e.g., reading fluently with comprehension, writing an analytical essay, improving spelling, increasing vocabulary, developing study skills, etc.) As an experienced educator and tutor, I have worked with students from primary through college level. Most recently I have worked as a skills/resource teacher in a private school for elementary and middle school reading/writing instruction. I provided individual and small group instruction.
My passion for learning enables me to be a dynamic teacher as I open to each student's individual passion and unique learning style in the service of supporting and developing their goals for tutoring. I have several master's degrees in English --Comparative Literature, Religion and Literature, Teaching English, Wilson Reading Training and Orton-Gillingham Training (multi-sensory). Before becoming an educator I was a project manager for a international consulting firm where I supervised other assistant and learned to work closely with the editing/proofreading departments in production of
reports. I have a background in languages (Latin, Greek, German, French, Spanish, Arabic. I am sensitive to differences in learning and cultural style differences. I have a strong ability to differentiate curriculum and assessment.
It is important to tutor in a quiet, consistent environment that has the work materials at hand. This can be in my home work space or in the student's regular home work space, or in an alternative space (e.g., library). I require 24 hour notice of cancellation or schedule change. I value feedback and incorporate input into my lesson planning.
I look forward to hearing from you and to working together to meet your needs. As an avid and wide ranging reader and writer, I love to work with students and to find out what their interests are so that I can support their love of reading and learning via tapping into and sharing their passion.
I am a parent of four grown children with distinct differences--oldest daughter is in finance, older son is a PhD.