Millersville University (Education)
Millersville University (MEd)
Teaching is my passion. I love being able to present material in a way that is helpful for a student who is struggling with a new concept, and I especially love the light bulb moments when a student grasps a new concept. My background is in elementary education, in which I hold both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree. I taught both second and sixth grades as a classroom teacher for many years and also have been an educational consultant, a testing administrator and a tutor for elementary and middle school students over the years.
Although I am comfortable tutoring elementary and middle school students in most academic subject areas, my current passion is working with students with dyslexia and other language based learning differences. Two of my sons have dyslexia, and in order to help them, I took a 60 hour Orton-Gillingham course. In addition, I attended and presented at the International Dyslexia Association Conference held in Baltimore. I have been tutoring my own sons as well as several other students with language based learning differences in reading and writing for the past few years.
I offer over 23 years of teaching experience of students of all ages, a passion for children and for learning, and the heart of a mother who understands what it's like to have a child who struggles academically. Teaching is my passion. I love being able to present material in a way that is helpful for a student who is struggling with a new concept, and I especially love the light bulb moments when a student grasps a new concept. My background is in elementary education, in which I hold both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree. I taught both second and
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In the summer of 2012, I took a 60 hour Orton-Gillingham Plus Certification course with Fran Bowman.
In the fall of 2012, I attended and presented at the International Dyslexia Association Conference which was held in Baltimore, MD.
I have taught students with dyslexia (including my own two sons) using a variety of curriculum designed for dyslexic students, including, but not limited to materials by Diana Hanbury King, the Verticy curriculum, and Fran Bowman's Orton-Gillingham Plus curriculum.
I am continually reading and researching on the causes of dyslexia and the best practices for helping and teaching students with this learning difference.
I hold a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Elementary Education from Millersville University, Millersville, PA.
I have six years teaching experience in the public school system. I taught second and sixth grades. While teaching, I was nominated for Teacher of the Year almost every year of my employment.
I have six years tutoring experience in all subject areas for elementary school aged children.
I taught in a public school setting for six years as a second and a sixth grade teacher. Mathematics was one subject that I taught daily.
For the past 11 years I have home-schooled my own children and tutored many others. I am currently teaching mathematics to an 11th grader, a sixth grader, a fourth grader and a second grader.
I believe strongly in providing visuals and hands-on examples to help students understand and grasp the meaning of mathematics problems.
I taught sixth grade for six years in the public school system in Pennsylvania. Grammar was one of the many subjects that I taught. In addition, for the past sixteen years, I have taught my own children at home, including grammar. I have utilized numerous grammar curriculum and have had the benefit of seeing how different textbook authors have organized and presented grammar concepts. Finally, for the past several years I have taught a middle school writing class which also includes instruction in grammar.
Although reading instruction has varied greatly over the years, swinging widely from "whole language" to "phonics based" instruction, I have always preferred phonics based instruction.
The English language is difficult, being made up of words from many, many different languages. Children need to solidly learn the sounds that letters and letter combinations make.
I have tutored students using strong, phonics based curriculum for the past 11 years.
I have a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Education. In addition, I am a qualified Orton-Gillingham tutor, having taken the Orton-Gillingham Plus course offered by Bowman Educational Services. I have also taken a Visualizing and Verbalizing course and a course in Executive Function. I have almost four years experience tutoring students with language based learning differences, which have included difficulties with phonics, spelling, comprehension, fluency, and writing.
For the past few years, I have taught homeschoolers in a classroom setting basic expository writing skills with an emphasis on descriptive and persuasive essays. This writing class is a year long course.
I also utilize several different materials / curriculum designed for students who struggle with writing when conventional writing instruction is too challenging for the student.