Lesley University (Education)
Lesley University (MEd)
I love working with children, finding out what makes them unique, their likes and dislikes. I want to know how they intake and process information and work from where they are. Always with a positive attitude, I utilize ways for the student to track their own progress so they can concretely account for the progress they have made. Students can get themselves in a closed way of thinking about their abilities. I work to uncover, highlight and connect the skills they have and link those skills and strengths to build confidence and tools for handling things that are difficult.
My experience includes 15 years of teaching in a public school setting and several years as a preschool teacher. I was a classroom teacher for grades 2 and 3 and a literacy coach for grades K-5, and a Reading Recovery Teacher with grade one students. My strengths are in early literacy, giving each student the skills and teaching behaviors to accelerate their progress in reading and writing.
My teaching methods are customized to the child. I spend time getting to know the student, I adapt my lessons to their interests. My Master's degree in Creative Arts in Learning allows me to create dynamic lesson plans with multi-sensory approaches. My lessons are presented using all the senses. I have a passion for literature, reading, writing, presentations, and making real world connections to instill a love of learning to my students.
Initially I meet with parents to discuss concerns, areas of need and then assess your child's interests, their learning preferences, strengths, and non-strengths to plan a course of study. I enjoy working with students struggling with poor study skills or a poor image of themselves as a learner. We begin where the child is, and make the learning engaging, supportive, and affirming. I communicate with parents on the day of the lesson, keeping them posted on their child's progress, and respond to any questions. I love working with children, finding out what makes them unique, their likes and dislikes. I want to know how they intake and process information and work from where they are. Always with a positive attitude, I utilize ways for the student to track their own progress so they can concretely account for the progress they have made. Students can get
I taught grades two and three for 11 years in the Concord School system and in elementary education for 14 years. As a classroom teacher I worked with students of various strengths and difficulties including very strong students, students diagnosed with ADD and ADHD, Aspergers, ELL learners, and other learning issues. My interests are in literacy, and I lead the intermediate team of teachers in adopting the workshop method for reading and writing.
I taught the Handwriting without Tears program for 8 years in grades two and three.
I took the Wilson program for teaching phonics and have had introductions to other programs such as Fun-Damentals. I have taught spelling and vocabulary and have been certified to teach Reading Recovery since June 2010.
I have taught study skills to grades two and three since beginning my teaching in 1999. I worked with small groups of high achieving students in Acton, MA to improve their test taking skills for the MCAS. I worked with low achieving students to give them strategies for test taking, such as, highlight key words in problems, determine the question being asked, determine irrelevant information and set about a plan for approaching the problems.