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Sian M.

Special Education/ADHD/Autism teacher

Special Education/ADHD/Autism teacher

$40/hour

  • 1 hours tutoring

  • Chapel Hill, NC 27516

About Sian


Bio

Most students enroll in a tutoring program because they are struggling to reach an academic goal, such as graduation, or because they are not achieving a goal set for them by a parent. With this mindset, tutoring comes from a negative place of underachievement and can seem like an onerous task that simply confirms that school and learning are dull, upsetting and unpleasant. My goal is to work with you so that you understand why you struggle, to teach strategies that reduce or eliminate this...

Most students enroll in a tutoring program because they are struggling to reach an academic goal, such as graduation, or because they are not achieving a goal set for them by a parent. With this mindset, tutoring comes from a negative place of underachievement and can seem like an onerous task that simply confirms that school and learning are dull, upsetting and unpleasant. My goal is to work with you so that you understand why you struggle, to teach strategies that reduce or eliminate this struggle and to move you from boredom about learning to curiosity about learning. Can an English sonnet ever be interesting? - Yes! Ultimately, that sonnet is all about you.

I am a teacher in the Chapel Hill School system and owner of an education advocacy company. I teach students who struggle in the regular classroom or who are academically at risk and may be in a special education setting. If you spend most of your school day staring out the window or wondering what is happening on social media right now or waiting for the teacher to catch-up with you, then we are made for each other. If you are a student with autism, I will teach by including your inner world of images, lists and curious interests. I am particularly interested in teaching students who struggle to focus, to organize and who have "I can't" and "I won't" as their mantras. I use visual learning strategies, I teach test-taking strategies, and I use context to make what has to be learned relevant to your life. I enjoy watching students move from anxiety about learning, to success in learning. We work hard, but have fun. We are often silly, we are often drawing, and we are always talking and doing.

I have an undergraduate degree in English and Geomorphology, and post graduate degrees in both Clinical Psychology and Geomorphology. I have post graduate training in special education and hold a North Carolina teaching certificate in special/exceptional education. I have taught these subjects up to and including the high school level, Hons. and AP. I have a strong background in teaching literature. I am a writer and published editor. Literature is about identifying and knowing your values more than it is about knowing words. Good literature should make you think about your life and your values.

I'm old, I'm eccentric, and I'm a good teacher.


Education

The Victoria University of Wellington
Literature geography
The Victoria University of Wellington
Masters
NCCU
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $40
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 6/5/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Elementary Education

Reading,

Reading

I am a credentialed special education teacher with an undergraduate degree in English literature. My focus is in literature/literacy skills and pragmatic communication. I teach reading using levelled reading systems and supplement with activities designed to assess and support comprehension and written expression. I have also taught reading/comprehension skills using a grammar-based linguistic approach. I have considerable experience with ESL students, specifically students from China and Burma. As a special education teacher, I am qualified to directly help children with autism and ADHD improve their reading and comprehension. Reading can be fun!
Vocabulary

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I hold an undergraduate degree in English literature and Geomorphology, plus post-graduate degrees in Geomorphology and Clinical Psychology. I am a credentialed special education teacher. My profile is on LinkedIn.
Literature,

Literature

I hold a BA in English Literature. I have taught both standard and AP English Literature at the high school level. I am familiar with the current common core English Literature texts and AP testing format. In addition, I am a published writer and editor.
Reading,

Reading

I am a credentialed special education teacher with an undergraduate degree in English literature. My focus is in literature/literacy skills and pragmatic communication. I teach reading using levelled reading systems and supplement with activities designed to assess and support comprehension and written expression. I have also taught reading/comprehension skills using a grammar-based linguistic approach. I have considerable experience with ESL students, specifically students from China and Burma. As a special education teacher, I am qualified to directly help children with autism and ADHD improve their reading and comprehension. Reading can be fun!
English, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

Homeschool

Biology,

Biology

My undergraduate degree included several courses in human and ecosystem biology. I have been the inclusion teacher for high school standard course of study in Biology. I have also tutored several Homeschool students in this high school biology curriculum. I have a great deal of supporting teaching material for this course available to students who require additional help.
Reading,

Reading

I am a credentialed special education teacher with an undergraduate degree in English literature. My focus is in literature/literacy skills and pragmatic communication. I teach reading using levelled reading systems and supplement with activities designed to assess and support comprehension and written expression. I have also taught reading/comprehension skills using a grammar-based linguistic approach. I have considerable experience with ESL students, specifically students from China and Burma. As a special education teacher, I am qualified to directly help children with autism and ADHD improve their reading and comprehension. Reading can be fun!
English, SAT Reading, Writing

Most Popular

Biology,

Biology

My undergraduate degree included several courses in human and ecosystem biology. I have been the inclusion teacher for high school standard course of study in Biology. I have also tutored several Homeschool students in this high school biology curriculum. I have a great deal of supporting teaching material for this course available to students who require additional help.
Reading,

Reading

I am a credentialed special education teacher with an undergraduate degree in English literature. My focus is in literature/literacy skills and pragmatic communication. I teach reading using levelled reading systems and supplement with activities designed to assess and support comprehension and written expression. I have also taught reading/comprehension skills using a grammar-based linguistic approach. I have considerable experience with ESL students, specifically students from China and Burma. As a special education teacher, I am qualified to directly help children with autism and ADHD improve their reading and comprehension. Reading can be fun!
English, Writing

Science

Biology,

Biology

My undergraduate degree included several courses in human and ecosystem biology. I have been the inclusion teacher for high school standard course of study in Biology. I have also tutored several Homeschool students in this high school biology curriculum. I have a great deal of supporting teaching material for this course available to students who require additional help.
Psychology

Psychology

I possess a BA (Hons) Clinical Psychology from The Victoria University of Wellington. I took AP Psychology at Carrboro High School, Chapel Hill. I am the owner of a consulting service for children with special needs/exceptional learners.

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

I have over twenty years of experience teaching children with ADD/ADHD. I have a BA (Hons) in Clinical Psychology, 12 post-graduate semester hours in teaching Special Education, and a NCDPI lateral entry teaching certificate in special education. Additionally, I have passed the PRAXIS 5543 teaching exam in special education. I work as a special education teacher in a local school system. Pace and organization are key aspects of managing ADHD. I try to educate my students about recognizing their signs of high and low focus and how to mediate these states using sensory regulation in order to promote maximum learning.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I have over twenty years of experience teaching children with autism. I have a BA (Hons) in Clinical Psychology, 12 post-graduate semester hours in teaching Special Education, and a NCDPI lateral entry teaching certificate in special education. Additionally, I have Praxis 5543, 5391, and 5372 certifications in special education. I am familiar with management techniques for children with autism and Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDAS). I am the editor of a book concerning education for children with autism. I have specific experience teaching using Picture Exchange, social stories/mapping, ABA, and behavior shaping. I am the mother of two adult children with autism spectrum disorder.
Special Needs

Special Needs

I have over twenty years of experience teaching children with ADD/ADHD, autism, and special needs. I have a BA (Hons) in Clinical Psychology, 12 post-graduate semester hours in teaching Special Education, and a NCDPI lateral entry teaching certificate in special education. Additionally, I have passed the PRAXIS 5543 teaching exam in special education. I work as a special education teacher in a local school system. I use Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA) and ABA methods to support one on one teaching. I have direct classroom experience with children who have complex medical conditions requiring extensive adapted education and technology.

Summer

Biology,

Biology

My undergraduate degree included several courses in human and ecosystem biology. I have been the inclusion teacher for high school standard course of study in Biology. I have also tutored several Homeschool students in this high school biology curriculum. I have a great deal of supporting teaching material for this course available to students who require additional help.
Reading,

Reading

I am a credentialed special education teacher with an undergraduate degree in English literature. My focus is in literature/literacy skills and pragmatic communication. I teach reading using levelled reading systems and supplement with activities designed to assess and support comprehension and written expression. I have also taught reading/comprehension skills using a grammar-based linguistic approach. I have considerable experience with ESL students, specifically students from China and Burma. As a special education teacher, I am qualified to directly help children with autism and ADHD improve their reading and comprehension. Reading can be fun!
Writing

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I hold an undergraduate degree in English literature and Geomorphology, plus post-graduate degrees in Geomorphology and Clinical Psychology. I am a credentialed special education teacher. My profile is on LinkedIn.
SAT Reading
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Response time: 7 hours

$40/hour

Sian M.

$40/hour

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Response time: 7 hours