Morehouse College (Political Science)
Tennessee Technological University (Master's)
Educational Technology (Other)
I am a middle aged African American Male from Neptune NJ. My parents (who are deceased) were a married two-income family. They were able to send me to Catholic school for my primary education and then to Morehouse College. I participated in wrestling and the literary society in high school. While in college, I participated in ROTC and went to Advanced Camp. I graduated from college and applied to several law schools. I was not accepted nor did I become an officer in the military as these were the only two opportunities that I did not accomplish. I have no regrets. What I am conveying in this essay, I could have easily not made it through college and attended grad school on three occasions: obtaining a Master's degree in Special Education, an Ed. S in Educational Technology and certification in Educational Leadership. My mantra that has helped make me thus far is Ad astra per aspera.. which means to the stars through perseverance.
I have 18 years of teaching experience. Since that time I have taught self contained special education, resource special education, instructed adults in technology applications, become a School Library Media Specialist on all levels: college, elementary, middle and high school. Lastly I was a Head Wrestling coach. My greatest accomplishment is that I took 5 young men to wrestle in the state tournament.
In one of my previous positions, I taught special needs students Algebra 1. When I taught that subject for that population, I was able to identify key areas of the curriculum, concentrate on the district's expectations and identify my student's strengths and weaknesses. Success occurred when they were able to think through the problems, develop projects and apply what they learned to real world applications. My teaching style allowed me to break down the problems into multiple steps, help them decode and decide the information from the problem and then push for traditional and non traditional solutions.
As an English tutor- reading instructor, my main focus for the students is take ownership in their comprehension skills. I believe success happens for students as they make connections from the text they are reading to their lives, thus identifying the purpose for reading. In addition to connections to readings and reading with a purpose, I employ a lot of strategies: Read Think Write.. KW, Close and SQ3R methods. By employing these methods, students are able to improve their reading scores on standardized tests and performance in the classroom.
I believe I would be a great motivator to you and your children. I want to push them to succeed. I am a middle aged African American Male from Neptune NJ. My parents (who are deceased) were a married two-income family. They were able to send me to Catholic school for my primary education and then to Morehouse College. I participated in wrestling and the literary society in high school. While in college, I participated in ROTC and went to
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When I taught on the high school level, select teachers were commissioned to assist the guidance department. One the duties was to coordinate weekly sessions with college bound seniors. In the sessions, students and faculty discussed narrowing their college focus, major(s) of study, financial aid and career opportunities. While during the sessions, students did online research of colleges, started and completed college applications, completed their FAFSA forms and developed their college admission essays. Although I had the honors students, all were admitted to a college of their choice however five of the students were admitted to Ivy league college and universities.
In addition to those duties, I was the Head Wrestling Coach. Upon my own initiative, I assisted all of my senior wrestlers with college and community college admissions applications. Of the ten seniors that I coached all but one attended college. He enlisted in the Navy after high school.
I have a master's degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in Special Education from Tennessee Technological University. I have a total of 8 years of special education service from resource to self contained.
When I taught in the high school as a Special Education Teacher, I had to teach study hall. Inclusive of study hall, students were given the opportunity to complete homework assignments. While in study hall, students were introduced to use of three ring binders with dividers. Each one was developed for the student's subjects. The dividers had pockets for incoming and outgoing work. Students had write out their assignments along dates for completion and turn in to teacher, grade and lists for areas of improvement. The dividers had spaces for journaling, writing assessments, notes, tests and study guides. By organizing the students and their assignments, the students were able to improve their achievement by at least one letter grade. For example, if the student had a ( average overall improvement was up to a B or better.