Univ of Mass. Amherst (Elementary Education)
Boston College (MBA)
Northeastern University/MESPA (Other)
I graduated from the University of Mass in Amherst Magna Cum Laude. During this time I spent a year in Germany and substitute taught German students in grades 5-8. Most of my 25 year teaching career in private and public school was spent teaching pre-algebra and algebra as well as three years teaching fifth grade and two years as one of two elementary math specialists (Grades K-5). I challenged my students to explain their thought processes both verbally and in writing. The students not only enjoyed learning but also did extremely well on standardized tests.
When I moved to public school and taught 5th grade, I used project based learning and experiential learning. I very much enjoyed communicating with students and parents, and I did it frequently.
I also tutored a girl for two years in both pre-algebra and algebra. The daughter was getting grades of C and mom thought she should be doing better. For the next two years she received grades of A and one grade of B+ in eighth grade. Mom offered to let me use her name as a reference.
I am an outstanding tutor for several reasons. I try to make learning fun and I encourage a high (yet appropriate) level of success. I explain topics well, and when students have a hard time understanding, I give more frequent and specific suggestions. Homework is important whether it comes from me or the teacher. Additionally, I try to make smooth transitions from one topic to another. And I find that showing is a better tool than telling.
While teaching writing in fifth grade, I encouraged students to write about personal topics. When reading picture books, I always asked students to predict what would happen from the title and the pictures. For one science unit on electricity, the final project was to design a house (material was provided). At least one room needed to be wired with series circuitry and the other parallel circuitry. Many students (boys too) brought in furniture from their sisters' doll houses. For the famous egg drop contest, I was able to get the fire department to bring the ladder truck. Almost all the parents were their to watch and take pictures.
At one point I was reading "The Call of the Wild" to my fifth grade class when the superintendent walked in unannounced. I always liked that. He stated that he had read the book with his ninth grade class and we discussed how I made it accessible to my fifth graders.
Please contact me with any questions. At the moment my hours are flexible. And remember, I offer a free consultation. Thank you for taking the time to read this overview of my skills and successes I graduated from the University of Mass in Amherst Magna Cum Laude. During this time I spent a year in Germany and substitute taught German students in grades 5-8. Most of my 25 year teaching career in private and public school was spent teaching pre-algebra and algebra as well as three years teaching fifth grade and two years as one of two
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I have about 20 years teaching both Algebra and Prealgebra. Students enjoy class and experience success.
I successfully taught fifth grade in Lexington for three years. During this time the principal and superintendent, Jeff Young, regularly stopped in to my classroom. Dr. Young and I periodically engaged in a discussion of my teaching strategies. In one discussion he asked how I made "The Call of the Wild" accessible to my fifth grade students since he taught the book to his ninth grade students in Lynnfield. I enjoyed those discussions. During my time as a fifth grade teacher the parents were regularly invited in to visit, and frequently wrote letters of praise to me, my principal and the superintendent. I loved those years of teaching as well as my subsequent years as the elementary math specialist.
After nine years teaching 7th and 8th grade math in private school, I moved to public school where I taught fifth grade math (and other subjects) for three years. During this time I also taught a before school program which taught students how to solve algebraic equations using a manipulative approach. Basically all of my students came in early to participate in this program. Although still wanting to teach fifth grade, the superintendent and principal convinced me to become an additional elementary math specialist. I reluctantly agreed. In this role my major responsibility was to develop and give demonstration lessons in grades K-5. After giving a math lesson to kindergarten students (based on the movie "Toy Story") the teacher told me I had just taught her kindergarten students how to do algebra.
I was encouraged to move up in the administration, but my love was always in the classroom. My goals have always been to help students be successful, have confidence in themselves, and enjoy learning. I have been quite successful in helping students achieve these goals.
I have taught all levels of Prealgeba. My students enjoy class and experience high levels of success. I have a number of references. Mark
My fifth grade students thoroughly enjoyed it when I would read a picture book with them, discuss the content (comprehension) and follow up with a writing assignment. Although both students and parents would consider me a serious teacher, they would also consider me a teacher in whose class the students had fun. In our free initial consultation I should be able to bring many letters of reference from parents.
Although no longer certified, I did receive my LGT and WSI. I also taught swimming and diving for many years mostly as a camp counselor. I taught ages 7-15. I had great success.