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Ohio University (Elementary Education)
Central Michigan University (Master's)
With a strong commitment to student learning and success, I have always made an effort to be respectful and fair, as well as sensitive to factors that influence student learning. I have always found that when you have a good rapport with students, they are more motivated to work hard with you.
Because I consider myself to be a life-long learner, I have embraced every opportunity to grow professionally since I obtained my undergrad in elementary education from Ohio University in 2000, and my master's in curriculum and instruction from Central Michigan University in 2006. I enjoy opportunities to learn about Best Practices and Research-based instructional strategies, and when working with students, I pull from this knowledge to use frequent formative assessments to gauge student learning and adjust these strategies to best fit the individual needs of the student with whom I'm working. There is no silver bullet in education, and an advantage to working with a student one-on-one is the opportunity to work with them in the ways that most benefit them personally. In the classroom, I organized my classes so that I had to time to confer with students individually and in small groups so that I could give them the kind of individual attention that they needed to be successful.
After ten years in the classroom, I became an Instructional Coach in my school and later, for the district. I worked with teachers to help them refine their craft and also facilitated school-based and district-wide professional development. I modeled lessons for teachers, I participated in curriculum planning meetings, and I facilitated monthly Literacy Leader Network meetings as well as the district professional development for over 300 ELA teachers. These positions outside the classroom afforded me ample opportunities to grow professionally, and I look forward to taking this growth to the next level when I begin working with students again soon.
I've been staying at home with my three-year-old son since my husband's relocation with his job in September of 2012. We are fairly new to the area, and while I love staying at home with our child, I miss teaching. I would embrace any opportunity to work with students again.
Jennifer W. With a strong commitment to student learning and success, I have always made an effort to be respectful and fair, as well as sensitive to factors that influence student learning. I have always found that when you have a good rapport with students, they are more motivated to work hard with you.
Because I consider myself to be a
My son was struggling with a homework writing assignment and was scheduled to go see Jennifer for his ACT tutoring lesson. I asked Jennifer if she could help him with the homework assignment instead and the outcome was amazing. My son told me Jennifer helped him a lot and he produced a paper he was very proud of. Jennifer is very flexible and supportive to her client's needs. It was great to be able to turn to her for help outside the boundaries we had originally setup for our tutoring needs.
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I graduated from Ohio University in 2000 with a degree in Elementary Education. I then earned my Master's in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction in 2006. In the last thirteen years, I've taught grades 2, 6, 7, & 8 full time, and I've substituted in grades K-12. I have a strong background in literacy, and I have received training in literacy coaching in the elementary and secondary grades.
As a middle school teacher, helping students learn how to best prepare for classroom assessments and standardized assessments is necessary. Because I have over ten years of experience as a classroom teacher, I have helped hundreds of students become better organized and helped them to utilize study strategies that are most effective for their own personal learning styles. In addition to this, I have taught units on effective test taking strategies, and helped students to understand that reading passages on tests should be considered their own "genre", and I help them to figure out the best strategies for this genre.
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