St Mary's (Education)
As a certified teacher with more than 40 years of classroom experience, the success of students has always been my top priority. Student success is measured in much more than mere grades: self esteem, understanding the material and knowing how to apply the material is so important. When students are comfortable with the subject matter and its application, they are more likely to take appropriate academic risks. I love both the classroom and the tutoring setting. Each offers a unique set of challenges and rewards but both produce the same results.
In addition to being a classroom teacher, I have been a tutor for more than 20 years. I recognized the need for additional support and I felt tutoring often fills a specific niche the classroom environment cannot provide. My students and their families have provided great positive feedback and the Guidance department at the school where I teach refer many students my way, as do staff within my district. I have actually tutored many children of staff members, and have also tutored siblings of current or former students. Seeing a child understand, apply and succeed is incredibly rewarding.
Learning the basics of Algebra come well before the Algebra 1 class. Being comfortable with the pre-algebra terminology and application helps to insure success. I always make sure students understand the pre-algebra format before teaching Algebra. Being able to provide 1:1 support to students and show them differentiated means of instruction lesson anxiety, increase confidence and productivity. Ultimately, grades improve. In addition to being a certified instructor, I am also a Highly Qualified [HQT] math instructor as identified by Federal and New Hampshire statutes.
The human body and life science is an amazing field of study. Allowing students to understand how every cell and organ system is connected and how amazing the human body actually is, is incredibly exciting. Providing varied and interactive activities allows students to appropriately learn about their body without making it uncomfortable, intimidating, or stressful. In addition to being a certified instructor, I am a Highly Qualified [HQT] science instructor as identified by Federal and New Hampshire statutes.
Having been trained in many forms of reading, writing, and their instruction, teaching students to explore the world of literature and express themselves using the written word opens up a new world of adventure. Breaking down the reading and writing process into small and manageable pieces allows hesitant readers and writers the gift of exploring new reading ventures and producing amazing pieces of writing.
History of these United States is fascinating and ever influences current and future political and social issues. Most students feel History is dry or boring, but when the lives of those who came before us, are brought to the present day in a way students can relate to and understand, History is an exciting format. Having students become part of the past, understand the who, the what, the where, the why and the how, makes History relevant. When we understand and relate to both people and events, History is alive and vibrant and draws students in. In addition to being a certified instructor, I am a Highly Qualified [HQT] history instructor as identified by Federal and New Hampshire statutes.
Students come first with me. They always have and they always will. Students must be engaged, interested and motivated. Nothing is more boring than being told to complete assignments you don't understand, get no support to complete , no feedback during or after, and no opportunity to understand the material before being told to 'move on'. A big old nasty red D on the paper makes students feel powerless to succeed. Making sure the material is manageable and applicable is crucial. That takes different methods and differing time frames for each student. No student learns or applies material in the same way. What I always tell my classroom students and my tutoring students has not changed: 'I decide what to teach, based on state standards, but you decide how fast we go.' No student learns when being rushed or pushed through material. No student learns when feeling anxious or incompetent. As a certified teacher with more than 40 years of classroom experience, the success of students has always been my top priority. Student success is measured in much more than mere grades: self esteem, understanding the material and knowing how to apply the material is so important. When students are comfortable with the subject matter and its
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I am a certified educator with more than 40 years of experience. I have done international tutoring in writing with students from China and France.