Binghamton University (Sociology)
New York University (Graduate Coursework)
I have been involved with teaching individuals the majority of my life with having younger brothers and sisters. I am presently a substitute teacher, by which I substitute for elementary, middle and high school levels. I am requested to fill in for many specialized teachers in areas of math, chemistry, history, Spanish, special ed and many other specialties of which I enjoy very much in assisting students to advance to their greatest potential.
During the summer, I also assist special ed children (6-7 years old) being transported to a program daily by ensuring their safety, making sure they are seat buckled in as they are transported to the program daily, as well as providing instruction as they are being transported by practicing letters of the alphabet, counting numbers or encouraging proper pronunciation and grammatical correctness.
I have a substitute teaching certification as well as a certification in ESL/TESOL (English as a second language). I also have experience in teaching American sign language as well, which is a volunteer assignment I do every week. I also am a college graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology minoring in psychology. Also, in the example above with students we transport daily, I practice the alphabet and numbers with them in American Sign Language. I have been involved with teaching individuals the majority of my life with having younger brothers and sisters. I am presently a substitute teacher, by which I substitute for elementary, middle and high school levels. I am requested to fill in for many specialized teachers in areas of math, chemistry, history, Spanish, special ed and many other
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I have experience working with ADD/ADHD students for a number of years while working at a day program. I had one student in particular of which his goal was to get his permit which he did achieve and passed the permit test scoring very high. The student next goal was to get his GED which I assisted him in enrolling in a GED class which he continues to apply himself.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree and have been working in the social service field for some time which has involved working with ADD/ADHD students in classroom settings as well since I also substitute teach. I realize the importance of exhibiting a lot of patience and commendation with persons who have ADD/ADHD and also seeing the importance of reiteration in assisting them in getting the point of subjects being taught to maintain their focus.
I have been learning American Sign Language for over 5 years of which I am a volunteer in assisting and teaching persons who are hard of hearing or deaf how to better their lives through principles.
I participate in this volunteer service several times during the week in preparing for meetings in American Sign Language encompassing hard of hearing techniques, such as reading lips or communicating through written language as well as gestures, etc. I also have a certificate in teaching American Sign Language and also presently assist someone in communicating in ASL and communicating with her and others using communication avenues for hard of hearing persons as well. I feel eye contact and facial observances are vital in assisting hard/hearing deaf persons.
I have been working with special needs students for some time. I substitute teach and many times have been requested to fill in for a special needs class. I enjoy substituting for special needs classes because to see how a student continues to progress because of the undivided attention along with commendation you give them is very rewarding.
I also realize the importance of not enabling students but rather keep goals in front of them which are realistically attainable. This I feel is vital because it elevates their confidence levels and also gives them more determination to move forward and do their best. Commendations can be in the form of praise, gold stars, a favorite item they like, etc. I have put in to practice the above counsel with my personal experiences with special needs persons and I find it works.