Regis University, Denver, Colorado (Elementary Education)
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (Other)
My love of reading began at an early age. Because of that, I enjoy seeing others gain a passion for reading. Seeing children become confident in their reading skills makes teaching reading more of a joy than a job. I worked hard in college, have high standards, and try to instill those qualities in my students. Having taught reading for many years, the greatest joy is watching as a student "gets it"!
I have a K-12 reading certification (expired) from the University of Wyoming. My specialty is reading and literacy, including vocabulary, spelling, phonics, and writing. I aim to have students feel challenged, yet realize success at the end of each session. I will often give assignments to be completed independently (or with a parent's help) after each session. These assignments are designed to further the student's learning and keep skills fresh. I will provide progress reports based on assessments.
Spelling goes hand in hand with reading and writing. By incorporating these skills into reading lessons, students gain a better understanding of words and how they work together to form meaning, thereby improving their comprehension skills.
Beginning readers need consistent phonics practice to understand how words are structured and the rules that apply in various situations. My fun phonics games for young readers make it easy to master the rules and become readers.
I look forward to hearing from you. Together we can learn and improve your reading and literacy skills. My love of reading began at an early age. Because of that, I enjoy seeing others gain a passion for reading. Seeing children become confident in their reading skills makes teaching reading more of a joy than a job. I worked hard in college, have high standards, and try to instill those qualities in my students. Having taught reading for many
Grammar is the set of rules, the structure of the language, that students need to comprehend what they are reading. When teaching literacy, I strive to teach the grammar rules as they are encountered as well as with direct practice of certain rules. Together, students and I may play games, create chants or phrases, use various tools, or do something physical to learn proper grammar.
Handwriting, although not technically related to literacy, plays an important part in helping students to become fully literate. When students are able to properly form letters, they are more able to write extended sentences, thereby building on the writing portion of literacy. I have worked with students for 9 years on handwriting and improving letter formation; word formation; and placement of letters, words, and punctuation. I use a variety of methods to improve handwriting, including having students use lined paper, rulers, and other tools to form proper spacing.
I have taught phonics to K-5 grade students for 9 years. I have a K-12 reading certification (expired) from the University of Wyoming. I use games, rhymes, chants, etc. as a means to teach phonics, along with traditional methods. I use various tools, such as flashcards or reminder cards, to help students learn and remember phonics rules.