University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
University of Phoenix-online (MEd)
I am a semi-retired special education teacher and tutor. I have taught phonics and reading comprehension to young students for over 15 years, and have seen a wide range of gifts and talents in all of them! I have 10 years of teaching experience in a small, private school for children with learning disabilities, and several years of experience as a special needs teacher in the public schools.
I am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin in special education, K-8; and my master's degree is in curriculum and instruction for elementary education. I've taken extensive classes and workshops in the areas of reading comprehension and phonics, and have had a lot of experience working with children who have various types of dyslexia and processing difficulties.
I tend to favor a multi-sensory approach in my teaching method, where the student is engaging a variety of senses in the learning process. I also like to make the tutoring session a combination of activities that are relevant to the student's life in some way, either through the reading materials or games involving phonics and/or vocabulary. Overall, I consider myself a student-centered teacher and tutor. I am a semi-retired special education teacher and tutor. I have taught phonics and reading comprehension to young students for over 15 years, and have seen a wide range of gifts and talents in all of them! I have 10 years of teaching
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My qualifications for tutoring ADD/ADHD students include a long history of working effectively with academically and behaviorally involved students and their families. Throughout my teaching career I've taken numerous courses and seminars directly related to addressing ADD/ADHD issues, including: "Mega-Answers to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder" Univ. of Wis.; "Teaching with Love and Logic", Viterbo Univ.; "Orton-Gliilngham Multisensory, Phonetic Instruction", Edgewood Collge; and, "Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes", San Luis Obispo, CA. My training in teaching and tutoring has provided knowledge of the characteristics and neurological aspects of specific learning processes in students, and some of the best methods for addressing problematic areas and issues.
My qualifications for teaching Elementary (K-6th) are based on my 15+ years as a certified, licensed special education teacher for PreK-8th grade. I've had many successful team-teaching experiences, working closely with regular classroom teachers in all curriculum areas to explore new ideas and flexible accommodations for wide-ranging, individual needs. I have taught in both private and public school settings, and have also worked with small groups within the classroom, as well as one-on-one tutoring.
My qualifications for tutoring phonics come with many years as a reading specialist teaching phonics to students, many of whom had some learning disability or dyslexia. The seminars and course work I've taken over the years to train for teaching phonics include: "Orton-Gillingham Multisensory, Phonetic Instruction"; "Lindamood-Bell Multisyllable Phonemic Sequencing Program"; and "Lindamood-Bell Seeing Stars Program", which focuses on integrating multisyllable tracking, decoding, and spelling, and includes establishing multisyllable orthographic expectancies. Most of my training has involved knowledge and teaching techniques focused on using a structured, multisensory phonics-based approach to learning.