Keene State College - Keene, NH (Elementary Ed K-8)
Keene State College - Keene,NH (MEd)
University of NH - Durham, NH (Graduate Coursework)
I was fortunate to have grown up in a home where both parents were teachers and books were just an accepted part of our lives. I was read to often and developed a level of comfort with language and books early on. I have recently retired as a public school teacher where I worked mostly with children in grades K-5. My 34 years of teaching experience in the area of literacy learning has given me a wealth of opportunities to guide students as they improve their reading skills. Over the years, I have tutored a variety of students from Kindergarten to adult and find each an individual challenge and pleasure. I like working with people of all ages. My calm, patient, caring manner is sympathetic to the frustrations that struggling readers and writers often experience.
Reading and writing provide a life line to everyone. In a world of increased technology use, reading and writing is becoming more critical than ever. Tutoring is a rewarding way for me to continue to share my knowledge of reading with those who desire to improve there skills and grab hold of an opportunity to become more confident with reading.
I am a trained and experienced Reading Recovery Teacher and feel that this particular training has helped me to understand the very foundation of how learners learn. My graduate work in Art-based Literacy instruction has transformed my approach to teaching struggling readers. These qualifications have given me the tools I need to help students gain confidence and experience success with literacy learning.
I'm not afraid of the Common Core. That's really what makes me able to address them. They can appear extremely overwhelming but my belief is that the standards are embedded in all good program instruction. It is a matter of determining what is learned already and then concentrating on what remaining essential standards need to be introduced and/or reinforced. I have worked with the Common Core since they were conceived.
I have a strong background in early childhood development which provides a solid foundational understanding of how children learn and when they are most ready to learn. My understanding of learning styles compliments instructional methods determined for each student. With that as my initial assessment of any given student, my 7 years as a Reading Recovery teacher and 20 years of Art-based Literacy serve me exceptionally well in finding successful approaches to assisting students who struggle with reading and writing and having fun while we do so.
I would welcome you to contact me so that we can decide if I can be of assistance to you. I spend most of the spring, summer and fall in Maine (at this time) so my schedule needs to be flexible since I have some teaching commitments in New Hampshire as well as Mane. I look forward to hearing from interested students who have a desire to improve their literacy skills in an enjoyable, engaging format. I was fortunate to have grown up in a home where both parents were teachers and books were just an accepted part of our lives. I was read to often and developed a level of comfort with language and books early on. I have recently retired as a public school teacher where I worked mostly with children in grades K-5. My 34 years of teaching
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As an elementary classroom teacher I was trained to teach three different handwriting programs that have served me well over the years while working with a wide range of students. One is Handwriting Without Tears. This is a good introduction to handwriting. The second is Retrain the Brain which incorporates multi-sensory exercises that have proved to be helpful for children who need to learn impulse control and also need to improve attention. The third is the Rinehart Functional Handwriting System which is the one I learned myself as a child and have used successfully with older students. My favorite is Free hand calligraphy, learned in England while doing graduate work. I wish to share my love of handwriting.
Although I have worked in the public schools for 34 years, I have assisted homeschooling families in a variety of ways. I have been hired by parents to guide their children through a bookmaking process that can be used toward credits and learning hours in literacy, art and science using an art-based literacy program called Picturing Writing. This hands on process is highly engaging and produces an impressive finished product. I have also assisted parents of young children by administering developmentally appropriate assessments to help determine developmental age(s) that inform individual learning goals.