Tufts University (Early Childhood Development)
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI (Master's)
University of Southern Maine, ETEP Teacher Certification Program (Graduate Coursework)
Hi, I am a longtime educator and parent with years of experience in working with children aged 3 through 10. I have worked in a wide variety of educational settings, from preschool daycare and K- Gr.8 public schools, to international, school and public libraries that served a community of children ages 3 through 18. I am a life-long learner who loves reading, books, science, art, music, nature, languages and computers. I lam happy to share any and all of these interests with your child.
My educational background is extensive--children's lit, early childhood development and art, also in teaching English as a Second Language. I have some familiarity with American Sign Language and Spanish as well and great interest in cultural diversity. Over the past three years, I have volunteered in my daughter's class one morning each week and have so enjoyed working one-on-one with young kids that I've decided to try it professionally.
My teaching methods would depend your child. Once I have had a chance to evaluate what your child's needs are by speaking to you, meeting him or her and looking at some samples of your child's schoolwork, I can create a learning plan that will outline what I see as the most important skills to work on with that child, and how my lessons can use your child's existing knowledge and interests to help him or her stretch into new learning.
I am very flexible and creative in my methods, and I know how to combine learning and fun for elementary students. I want the children I teach to both succeed academically and to feel capable as learners whatever they study. Hi, I am a longtime educator and parent with years of experience in working with children aged 3 through 10. I have worked in a wide variety of educational settings, from preschool daycare and K- Gr.8 public schools, to international, school and public libraries that served a community of children ages 3 through 18. I am a life-long learner who
A 10% discount will be applied after 3 initial hours of tutoring, once an agreement is reached on a regular schedule for lessons.
I have an Early Childhood Education Degree from Tufts University, including a lifetime ECE teaching certification. I have since worked extensively with children of all ages, including both student teaching and doing an equivalent stint as part of receiving my library media specialist certification. I have worked as a school librarian for many years in elementary settings, creating lessons and curricula for children PK through 8th. As a public librarian I have helped hundreds of children with reports and explorations of hundreds of subjects ranging from volcanoes and biographies to narwhales and puppetry. I am an all around elementary generalist.
I have studied hearing impairment and Deafness extensively over 30 years, beginning with three college level ASL courses, which all emphasized social and community issues around hearing impairment and Deafness. I have continued on with additional readings and courses around linguistics, especially that of the ESL learner, which is in some ways analogous to the process Deaf and H.I. people go through mastering spoken English. I have worked with many H.I. people in many areas of my life, including both my parents, and I have myself become hearing impaired in recent years, to the point of using a hearing aid in one ear.
I have taken undergrad and graduate level courses in the reading process, both for English language natives and for ESOL learners. I have done student teaching and volunteer work in K-3rd grade classrooms, watching the reading process unfold, and have been fascinated by the predictability of the levels of phonic awareness and production. I am aware of the difference between Whole language and Phonics views in the educational community.
I have worked as a library media specialist for about 12 years, a job where 'learning how to learn' is always the focus. I have also spent many hours as a public librarian helping children understand how to find whatever they are looking for, whether it be a particular book or an answer to a research question. I actually taught a weekly or twice-weekly study skills class to middle school students for two years running during my tenure at a K-8th school, where we did research projects and found out about how to best use information resources. I actually wrote a curriculum for this class, as there was none in existence at that time.