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Bekki B.

Chapel Hill, NC

$20/hour

Experienced Professional Educator

Background check passed as of 3/20/15

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University of North Florida
Elementary Education
University of Maryland College Park
MEd
Nova Southeastern University
Master's

Education

University of North Florida (Elementary Education)

University of Maryland College Park (MEd)

Nova Southeastern University (Master's)

About Bekki

Currently, I am juggling many things at once. I am a mother with two children ages 8 and 10. My ten year old is attending a private school for differently abled and non typically developing children. My 8 year old daughter is attending the North Carolina Virtual Academy, so she is studying at home. I work from home as a counselor for an au pair agency, which is a part time job that feels like a full time job (but I still love it!). I am also continuing my life long studies of photography and pursuing a certification as a professional photographer, and I am very excited to be starting a fellowship this fall at UNC in the Leadership and Education in Neuro Developmental Disabilities (LEND) Program. My previous lives have included being a middle school math and language arts teacher as well as being an elementary school counselor. I had many experiences while teaching and working in the public school system, and I worked with a lot of different types students. Although I have departed from public schools, I still teach in a variety of ways, and tutoring is one of them. One of my (several) degrees (because I can never stop learning) is in behavioral analysis, and I have used that to work with and tutor children with autism. My son has autism as well, and he is the one who inspired me to go back to school to study that. Currently, I am juggling many things at once. I am a mother with two children ages 8 and 10. My ten year old is attending a private school for differently abled and non typically developing children. My 8 year old daughter is attending the North Carolina Virtual Academy, so she is studying at home. I work from home as a counselor for an au pair Read more

Policies
Travel Radius
Travels within 0 miles of Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Background Check: Passed
English:
English,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary,
Writing
Computer:
Photography
Special Needs:
Autism,
Special Needs
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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American History

I have a BA in Elementary Education and taught social studies and American History projects to students. As a teacher for 6th grade, I worked extensively with 6th grade students on studying the Civil War. I was involved in several projects that included reenactments and hands on recreation of products used during the Civil War, as well as reading various literature on the subject. Also, I was the staff supervisor for student government when I taught at the middle school level. In high school, I was in AP and Honors American History and Government.

Autism

I have a teaching background and an M.Ed in counseling. I have advanced post graduate training from Nova Southeastern University in Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy for treatment of autism. I worked for two years for a home health care company providing therapy and tutoring services to young children with autism. I have a seven year old son with autism.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a BA in Elementary Education from the University of North Florida, and I have an M.Ed in Counseling from University of Maryland, College Park. I was certified in the state of Maryland to teach grades 1-6 and as a guidance counselor for grades K-12. I worked for five years in the public school system as both a 6th grade teacher and as guidance counselor. I taught English, reading, writing, math and technology as well as ran various clubs and activities for students. As a guidance counselor, I worked with students individually and in large and small groups in all grade levels.

Elementary Math

I taught 6th grade math and prealgebra for five years in elementary school and middle school settings. Math was my favorite subject to teach. I also taught after school remediation courses for students who struggled in math and I ran a club for girls called Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS) that was designed to get girls in the upper elementary and middle school grades to retain or gain their confidence in math skills and explore careers using math. I felt I really connected with and motivated students who were struggling in math and it was my personal goal to get that student who walked into my class saying "I hate math" and "I can't do math" to believe in themselves and be able to say "I love math" and "I can do it." As a student, math was NOT my favorite subject and I surprised myself by being very good at teaching it, but as it turned out, I identified with where the student who was struggling was coming from because as a young student, I had been there myself, and I was able to understand many error patterns that a "mathematician," for whom math is intuitive, did not 'get.'

English

I was certified as an elementary school teacher and taught English to 6th grade students. In high school I was an AP English student and scored very high in the verbal section of my SAT. I did very well in my English classes in college. I also studied French and Spanish extensively from 7th grade through college and beyond.

Grammar

As an elementary school teacher, I taught many grammar lessons. I also graded many writing assignments during my time. In high school, I was in AP English, and I remember well the days of diagramming sentences! Grammar is second nature to me. I studied two foreign languages from middle school through adulthood, and these studies enhanced my understanding and comprehension of English grammar.

Photography

I became interested in photography at age ten when I made a pinhole camera from an oatmeal box. I have shot with both film and digital cameras. In film, I have used both SLR and medium format cameras. I'm a Nikon person, and I currently own a Nikon D70 and a Nikon D5000. I have quite a collection of cameras, film and digital, and several antique cameras as well. I have all of the equipment for a darkroom, since I used to develop my own B&W negatives and photos. I also did my own matting for awhile. I worked as a wedding photographer back in the days of film, and I have worked on and off, freelance, as a portrait photographer. I am interested in many genres of photography, and I have tried a lot of them. Currently, I am interested in starting my own part time home studio featuring fine art portraiture and boudoir style photography.

Prealgebra

I taught prealgebra to 6th grade advanced math students for three years. It was truly a pleasure to teach students who were "into" math. I enjoyed my time as a math teacher and considered it a personal challenge to convert the 'nonmath' student to a believer in themselves as mathematicians and a believer in their ability to do math. I also taught regular 6th grade math classes, after school remediation classes, and I ran a math and science club for girls after school.

Public Speaking

I have been in many jobs and situations that have required public speaking. I performed in community musical theater for many years. In high school I was in drama and music. As an elementary school teacher, I was drama director for two school musicals. Also, I have a Master's in Counseling and a certification in school counseling and understand techniques to help people who have anxiety about speaking in public.

Social Studies

I have been certified as an elementary school teacher and have taught social studies in the elementary setting. I have previously tutored students in social studies.

Special Needs

I have previously been certified as an elementary and middle school teacher and taught 6th and 7th graders, including gifted and special needs students. I had a special education endorsement on my Maryland teaching license. Also, I have Master's level certification for Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University and have worked extensively with students who have autism using ABA techniques.

Study Skills

As a former certified elementary and middle school teacher, I have taught study skills to students as part of the curriculum. I am currently certified as a school counselor, and academic preparation, study skills and support, are a part of the guidance curriculum.

Vocabulary

I have a BA in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Counseling. I was a school teacher and counselor for five years. I studied two foreign languages since childhood (French and Spanish) and I studied Latin as well. I have always been interested in words and their meanings, prefixes, suffixes, root words, etc.. I have also studied the origin of language and how language is developed. I have been an avid reader of books, magazines and newspapers of all different genres since childhood. In high school, I was in AP and Honors English, History, Government, French and Spanish, and I scored very well on the verbal section of my SAT.

University of North Florida
Elementary Education
University of Maryland College Park
MEd
Nova Southeastern University
Master's

Education

University of North Florida (Elementary Education)

University of Maryland College Park (MEd)

Nova Southeastern University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $20.00

Travel policy

Bekki will travel within 0 miles of Chapel Hill, NC 27516.