Lafayette College (English)
State Univ. Of New York -- New Paltz (MEd)
I am a retired educator who has taught English for 27 years. Most of that time was having fun teaching English to middle school students and several years to freshmen in high school. My love for language and my background in Latin have helped many students who have claimed to "hate English" gain at least an appreciation for the complexities of our oft confusing language; many of my students have gone on to major in English education in college and have returned to thank me. I have reared three children -- two of whom were my students in a classroom setting!--who each approached their academics with totally different skill sets. Each one of my own children have met with success in college and beyond.
My experience has taught me about learners -- how we all learn differently, and we all have strengths and we all have areas in need of improvement. It is my job to help you focus on your strengths as well as strengthening academic areas that may be temporarily challenging. Reading comprehension, vocabulary scaffolding, grammar, written expression, and the process of editing and revising are areas in which many students need a boost now and then. I would enjoy the experience working with you.
I hold a New York State permanent teaching certification for English, grades 7-12.
I hold a New York state permanent teaching certification for Reading, grades K-12.
Tutoring subjects to include English grammar, reading, vocabulary, writing, study skills.
I am available afternoons, evenings, and Saturday morning if scheduling necessitates. I look forward to meeting you and helping you meet with success. I am a retired educator who has taught English for 27 years. Most of that time was having fun teaching English to middle school students and several years to freshmen in high school. My love for language and my background in Latin have helped many students who have claimed to "hate English" gain at least an appreciation for the complexities of our
Price per hour-session is less if there are 3 sessions per week.
Valerie has helped out my son in improving his English and communication skills. She did a great job, and I would recommend her for the job well done.
My son has an IAP and struggles with both attention and English. Valerie's years of teaching experience is very apparent. We will be asking for her help again very soon!
Thank you. It has been my pleasure to get to know and work with your son.
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I have taught English Common Core for grade 9 in New York State for two years. These two years have given me familiarity with how to actively engage students in reading a text, annotating, questioning what they read with an analytical mind, and developing responses -- both verbal and written -- to that text. My experience has also underscored what years of teaching have made me conclude: middle school and high school students generally need to boost their vocabulary foundation in order to improve their reading comprehension. Common core has helped somewhat with that.
I am only familiar with the New York State Regents examination in English which has been administered to eleventh grade students. The test there has been pared down from a six-hour, two-day exam to one session of three hours. Finally NYS realized the previous decades of that test were overkill. The NYS Regents is a test of thinking, analyzing, and presenting in written format an evidence-based argument on a given topic about which they read three or four articles.
In my 27 years of teaching, 21 were in the middle school. Basic study skills were taught daily in my classroom. I also taught 10-week study skills classes for several years when that was still a formal part of the building educational program.