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Westfield State College, Westfield, MA
I have been a third grade general education teacher and a special education teacher for grades one through five, with experience writing Individual Education Plans (IEP's) and analyzing psycho-educational testing to determine special education eligibility. As a professional elementary school teacher and substitute teacher, I have over ten years of professional experience with students from diverse populations of all cultures and economic levels. I have a B.S. in Liberal Studies with Business Management, Computer Science, and Philosophy concentrations. I also have an A.S. in Computer Information Systems from Holyoke Community College.
I am an experienced, self-motivated, and detail-oriented administrative management and teaching professional with advanced computer proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Power point, and Access. Throughout my employment history I have demonstrated superior customer service aptitude and adeptness; exceptional interpersonal relations including phenomenal communication savvy; and an effective, efficient ability to adapt to a diverse, ever-changing environment.
At Westfield State University I was also a volunteer assistant lecturer for the Philosophy Department, tutor of undergraduate courses, and supervisor and administrator of student examinations. My enthusiasm to teach struggling students how to excel and boost their confidence is my top priority. I am looking forward to explaining the enigma of subjects including special needs reading and math in a clear and concise manner that permits even the most skeptical student to succeed. I am looking forward to working with you soon and please request my assistance with the confidence that price is no object; I am willing to negotiate a rate that meets even the tightest budget. Providing my services and allowing students the opportunity to learn means making any accommodations necessary to meet that goal. Don't hesitate contact me now!
*ATTENTION PROSPECTIVE MASSACHUSETTS TEACHERS: I CAN TUTOR YOU TO PASS THE FOLLOWING MTELS:
*Communication and Literacy
*Foundations of Reading
*General Curriculum (Elementary Education 1-6) I have been a third grade general education teacher and a special education teacher for grades one through five, with experience writing Individual Education Plans (IEP's) and analyzing psycho-educational testing to determine
My daughter, 8 years old( 3rd Gr.), she has a great work with Ms. Colleen since 2 years. My daughter has improved an english literature a lot.. she becomes a good writer...
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Communication and literacy skills writing. I like her ability to answer to my specific needs. She always provide me different exercises, books to help me to achieve my goal.
Colleen is extremely professional, competent and patient. She took the time to understand my son's need and adjusted tutoring to meet his specific needs. My son loves her. Apart from the regular teaching hours, he always wants to spend extra time with her to play different games. Her teaching abilities and directions made my son confident in maths and also developed his writing skills significantly. I highly recommend Colleen and will use her as a tutor again in the future.
Colleen helped prepare my daughter for the SAT this Fall. She is extremely professional, competent and patient. She took the time to understand my daughter's strengths and weaknesses and tailored her tutoring to meet her specific needs. Colleen's teaching techniques and strategies instilled a new confidence in my daughter's test taking abilities. I highly recommend Colleen and would not hesitate to use her as a tutor again in the future.
Ms. C. has been tutoring my two children (6 y.o. boy and 4 y.o. girl) since last summer. My kids love her and follow her lessons every time. My 6 year old's reading skill has improved tremendously. In the beginning he barely read a word, but now he can read a short story. My daughter is starting to learn phonics and she enjoys learning from Ms. C. She begins to get interested in books and likes to imitate how Ms. C reads a story to her.
I truly thank Ms. C for teaching my children. In addition, Ms. C is very responsible, always on time, and really concerned about her students to do well. She is not only teaching my children English, but also she is being a good model for our children. Each lesson, I've always been satisfied and rated 5 stars. I highly recommend Ms. C that she is an excellent and hard working teacher.
Our son was having so many difficulties making the sounds of each letter in the alphabet and remembering them. He was getting very overwhelmed in class that he was not focusing!!! We were worried he was falling very behind in class, so we were on a mission to find the right tutor. After reading a handful of profiles, Colleen was who we chose and she has been the PERFECT fit!! In the first few sessions we saw a big difference and we are at our 5th session and lets just say our son isn't only get used to the sounds of each letter, but he's actually reading 4 word sentences! We definitely will be using Colleens services for sure because she has the right approach to help our son understand and gives him the confidence to continue to wanna learn!!! Thanks so much Colleen for helping our son catch up in class.
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I was JV Guard and Captain for 3 years in High School.
I taught 3rd grade at Weatherbee Elementary School. I substitute taught all grade levels, including elementary for over 10 years for the Gateway Regional School District.
From 1996-1999, I student Symbolic Logic and Many Valued Logic at Westfield State College. I also served as a volunteer teaching assistant.
While a Special Educator for Springfield Public Schools I was trained in teaching phonics to students grades 1-5.
As President of the Lambda Sigma Honor Society at Westfield State College and a regular public debater, I have perfected the skill of public speaking, from the creation of a written speech to effective presentation techniques including appropriate posture, eye contact, and voice inflection.
I was a pitcher and right fielder in JV Softball while in High School.
I utilize proven phonics techniques as well innovative and engaging applications to aide in the learning and retention of both school assigned spelling words and SAT word lists. Pattern recognition, frequent exposure, and use of new spelling words is key to mastery. Understanding phonetic rules and patterns also aides in the recall of the accurate spelling of difficult words. I encourage students to use new spelling words in his/ her writing to learn both the meaning and spelling of the new word in context.
I have successfully utilized and implemented the SQR method to students in grade school as well as college. My techniques are explained in a step-by-step fashion both clearly and concisely. Consulting me on study skill techniques will make your study time efficient and effective.
With the tax deadline fast approaching, I am here to assist any last-minute, anxious people in the use of free online tax software to complete their taxes accurately and efficiently. I can also assist with completing the old-fashioned paper and pencil forms. Although I cannot provide tax advice, I can assist with basic calculations and explain the sometimes complicated instructions.