Lehman College (CUNY) (music)
Lehman College (Master's)
University of So. Maine (Master's)
Working with children, especially preschoolers, is something I have always loved! I have been a special education teacher for 20 years; working with children who have academic difficulties. After that, I became a school psychologist who worked with students to determine why they might be having learning problems. I took an early retirement in 2014 and cared for several preschool children, some of whom I taught preschool skills and found that I really love this age!
I personally purchased a myriad of materials to use with preschoolers who need to develop the readiness skills they will need to become ready for learning. In addition to these materials, I have educational games and puzzles, finger paints, attribute blocks, manipulative materials for counting, educational charts, etc.
I have tutored students in elementary and middle schools in reading, math, pre-algebra, written language, and particularly in the new math. I also tutored one high school honor student in Algebra.
Teaching math, reading, and English in the resource room for 15 years has given me the experience to present math to students who don't ordinarily "get it". I have had students who were so afraid of math that they would freeze when asked, "How much is 1 + 1?" I promised them that if they would work hard and trust me, I would help them to understand math and succeed - and they all did!
While in the middle school resource room, I frequently taught English and Reading to my students in grades 6-8. During the summer, I would sometimes take on some students from grades 1-5 and tutor them privately if they had been struggling in school. I have many years experience working with students in small groups and one to one.
I was a Sunday School teacher in my church for many years and taught Bible Studies to children through middle school age.
Not all students learn how to read in the same way. Some students have no difficulties learning how to read, but others have difficulties because the approach to teaching reading isn't the best for them. There are students who need to learn using phonics; learning how to sound out letters and words. Some learn best using a whole word approach, and still others fare well with a whole language approach to reading. Since many of my students in the resource room had dyslexia, many had to learn phonics or word families in order to be successful. My many years of teaching experience enabled me to develop a wide range of skills in the teaching of reading.
While I have many years of teaching experience, it wasn't until I studied to become a school psychologist that I really learned how to determine a student's strengths and weaknesses in order to teach to the child's strengths. I am still in contact with some of my former students on Facebook because I always enjoyed being with my students. I would love it if you would give me a chance to show you just how well you can do in your subjects! Please contact me if you'd like me to work with you and help you to understand the subjects that are giving you trouble. Working with children, especially preschoolers, is something I have always loved! I have been a special education teacher for 20 years; working with children who have academic difficulties. After that, I became a school psychologist who worked with students to determine why they might be having learning problems. I took an early retirement in
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