SUNY Albany (English)
Mercy College (Master's)
My passion for teaching and helping children, comes from being raised by a family of teachers. As a special education teacher of over 15 years in New York City, I know that the connection between a teacher and their students is important for a student to achieve the greatest success. I’ve had the privilege of helping hundreds of students, and through their hard work, nothing gives me greater pride then when I see the growth my students are able to make, not only in their grades, but in their test scores as well. It would be an honor and pleasure if I had the opportunity to do the same for you!
I understand today’s students fear math and the anxiety that goes with any type of math. For the past 15 years I have worked with many students who feel this way. Through my love of math and knowledge, I can help you with any type of math issues you might be having. Whether I help you with your homework, getting reading for classroom and math state tests, I am confident I can help students get over their math fears, and give them the strategies to achieve for not only today, but the future as well.
When I was young, everything about math, came from math textbooks. It was boring and it just didn’t engage me. I thrive in making mathematics come to life and believe in taking a constructivist approach to math. Through this approach each student needs to create their own understanding of each mathematical concept, so my role when teaching math is not to lecture, explain, or otherwise attempt to teach mathematical knowledge though boring, out dated methods. A good math teacher creates real-world situations for their students that will help them make the necessary connections to not only recognize the math expected of them, but to bring it to life in a way that makes it practical for them to understand.
Throughout my 15 years of teaching, I’m lucky to have received training in all aspects of reading. I have a wide experience of working with hundreds of children in the New York City school system. I have worked with just about every type of reader and this includes non-readers, struggling readers, readers who are affected by learning disabilities, and readers who were at or above their age appropriate reading level.
A good reading teacher is always assessing their students and helps them acquire the necessary skills required before they become the best reader they can possibly be. I believe all children have the ability to learn how to read, but reading isn’t like walking or even talking, reading is something that must be taught. To become a reader, you must be able to recognize that words are made of sounds and these sounds must be blended together with letters in the alphabet. For a student to understand what they read, they must read every day and they must develop fluency (tone for what you are reading). No matter what type of reader you may be, I will always model my reading strategies to help students improve their reading skills. Phonics, predictions, retelling, shared reading, and guided are all techniques that I use when teaching and this will lead to successful independent readers. I know that that some children believe we read for a state test or getting the highest possible reading level, but I can’t stress enough, whether you are a student or adult, we read for pleasure of it and in time this will help develop a lifelong reader, and though reading, it opens a door to never ending possibilities.
At a very early age, I knew my life would include being an elementary school teacher. I graduated from SUNY Albany and received my Bachelor’s Degree in English. I then attended Mercy College and received a Master’s Degree of Science in Elementary/Special Education. Beginning in 1999, I have worked in the New York City Public School system and I have taught grades K – 6 in the Bronx and Manhattan. Since I began working in these schools, I have worked closely with some of the brightest administrators, specialists and classroom teachers. When working in grade 3 – 6, I have prepared and helped administer city and state tests and written IEP’s for my students with disabilities. I possess excellent communication skills and interact with all members of the school community; administration, teachers, paraprofessionals, various in-school service providers, students and parents.
My job is very simple and it includes doing everything I can possibly do for my students, which gives them the best chance to succeed. Since my first year teaching, I have worked as a tutor and after school teacher. I believe when struggling students are in smaller groups and one-to-one sessions, some struggling students are more than willing to take chances, which more times than not include making mistakes. From the first day of teaching, I have lived by the same principles, you can make mistakes, feel bad about it and get down on yourself, or you can make mistakes, learn from them, and use what you have learned to further your educational success and everyday life. I can promise you, I’m far from perfect and I make mistakes, but how you are truly defined as a person is how you react and learn from mistakes. I believe this is important not only inside the classroom, but outside of it as well.
For more than 15 years, I have been teaching and tutoring elementary school students on both individually and in small groups. While I believe it’s important to focus on Reading, Writing, and Mathematics, I am more than willing to assist any student who might be struggling with their homework, provide extra help and prepare students for state and classroom tests in any and all subjects.
I am available 7 days a week, and because I know how valuable your time is, my hours are extremely flexible. I prefer that we tutor in person, and I'm open to any and all destinations. I believe tutoring in person helps me make that connection with a student, a connection that sometimes gets lost online. I truly believe I can benefit all type of students out there and I strongly encourage you to not only contact me, but to get to know me as well. I believe you will be more than satisfied with my credentials and through our teamwork, commitment and hard work, we will see progress in a short amount of time. I hope to hear from you soon! My passion for teaching and helping children, comes from being raised by a family of teachers. As a special education teacher of over 15 years in New York City, I know that the connection between a teacher and their students is important for a student to achieve the greatest success. I’ve had the privilege of helping hundreds of students, and