Boston University College of Liberal Arts (sociology)
Boston University School of Education (MEd)
I have taught elementary school for 13 years and recently retired as an educational editor, writing and editing K-6 reading and language arts, math, science, and social studies textbooks for a major textbook company. I love teaching students one-on-one. It is my belief that young children need to learn the language of the subject they are studying as well as develop skills and techniques for mastering the content. I use engaging materials and make learning rigorous and enjoyable.
I am familiar with understand the Common Core and Massachusetts Standards.
I am an outstanding writer and editor having worked in the field of elementary textbook publishing for 21 years and also writing a history of the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra for their centennial season, 2015-2016.
I taught first in Acton, MA as a kindergarten teacher and then in Duxbury, MA as a kindergarten and then a third grade teacher for 9 years. My expertise is in reading, language arts, and social studies. I found that children in third grade often have missed some critical understanding about the reading/decoding process and once they are taught that missing skill, they begin to make substantial progress in their reading abilities. Social studies for me is an avenue for content learning that links to all other subjects. Children can practice reading skills as they read about people, places, and adventures today and long ago. They can use math and science skills as they construct projects related to social studies topics.
For me, learning is part of living. People who have curiosity want to learn. They bring great joy to their lives by finding out the who, what, why, where, and how of what interests them. All learning stems from our interests. I believe I have away for engaging children in learning through their own interests and questions. I have taught elementary school for 13 years and recently retired as an educational editor, writing and editing K-6 … Read more
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I taught both kindergarten and third grade in the Acton,MA public School system and the Duxbury Public School system. I was an editor for HoughtonMifflin Harcourt for 21 years, writing and editing textbooks in the areas of reading/language arts, math,science,and social studies.
During my time as a teacher and an editor I have read many professional articles about study skills, those that are relevant to young students and those that are not. I believe that organization is a key element in all studies. Students need to organize their time, their thinking, and their reading habits to be successful. I have encouraged children to use simple graphic organizers, that can anchor concepts so they are easily remembered.