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BA, Hunter College, CUNY, New York (Eng. Lang. Arts and Elem. Ed)
MA, Hunter College, CUNY, New York (ESL) (Master's)
MS, Hunter College, CUNY, New York (Math Educ. and Reading) (Master's)
I am one of the fortunate ones; I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a teacher. In the summer I played teacher with my younger brothers and sisters. They were not always happy about it, but they played anyway. With my desire to teach, one would expect that I would begin teaching as soon as possible. Well, that turned out to be 16 years after high school.
There are a number of things that have happened since then. The first one happened on my first day at my first job. The Dean of Students came in to observe my teaching; after class she came up to me and said, "I like what I saw." She set my teaching career off to a good start. The years since then have been full of teaching and tutoring. During my last seven years as a teacher, I taught in a program where I worked with students one-on-one. I have always preferred to work that way. This is why tutoring works so well for my students and for me.
I listen and observe well, and I explain clearly. Math is my favorite subject to tutor.
Reading is the number one skill a student must acquire (and math is right after it).
Reading was very difficult for me as a child, so I know how it feels to be without that skill.
In the years since, I have become a permanently licensed reading teacher and enjoy the challenge of teaching students of all ages to read.
Handwriting and spelling are two skills that are often ignored, but they are useful. So if your child is lacking in either of these skills, I can help you. I have seven years of experience working one-on-one with students on these skills.
Phonics is the foundation for reading and spelling. I have taught phonics for seven years one-on-one.
School is frustrating when you are having difficulties. So let's get you over the hump and send you on your way. I am one of the fortunate ones; I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a teacher. In the summer I played teacher with my younger brothers and sisters. They were not always happy about it, but they played anyway. With my desire to teach, one would expect that I would begin teaching as soon as possible. Well, that turned out to be 16 years
For an adjusted hourly rate, I am willing to travel beyond a five-mile radius of my home. All mileage is as calculated by Google Maps.
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Math has always been my favorite subject to teach and to tutor. In my 26 years of teaching, elementary and middle school math was a major part of my teaching schedule. Although I taught in the classroom much of the time, my preferred way to work with students has always been one-on-one. It is the most effective way to work.
I have three certificates from the National Institute for Learning Development. Part of the training was in teaching handwriting. For seven years I taught handwriting one-on-one.
I have three certificates from the National Institute of Learning Development. Phonics is one of the major areas in which we received training, especially during our first training. I was already a licensed reading teacher, yet I found this phonics training very helpful.
I spent seven years using this program one-on-one.
I have been a permanently certified reading teacher since September 1996. Before then and since then, I have worked teaching reading in small groups and one-on-one. It is always a satisfying challenge to teach a student to read. It is a pleasure to see him/her gain or strengthen this necessary skill.
For spelling accuracy, one needs to develop the following skills: clearly recognize the sounds in a word; know the various ways to spell each sound, for example, "f" or"ph" for the sound of /f/; know how to syllabicate the word since the placement of the vowel(s) often determines the sound it makes; and be able to visualize the word in ones mind. These skills are developed over time, using phonics.
In 1996 at the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD), I learned phonics and about its relationship to learning how to spell. For seven years in a one-on-one program, I used phonics to teach spelling. It is the best way to teach it.