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Maddi F.

Centerport, NY

$75/hour

Have FUN and LEARN with a highly experienced Reading Specialist!

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5.0 average from 86 ratings
Excellent reading specialist
— Sandra, Huntington, NY on 11/28/15

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CW Post LIU --- School of Education
Elementary education
CW Post College of LIU
Master's

Education

CW Post LIU --- School of Education (Elementary education)

CW Post College of LIU (Master's)

About Maddi

As a child, I did not like reading, we were taught using the sight word approach. We had to memorize each and every word. The books we read were Alice and Jerry and Dick and Jane. We all laughed at the ridiculousness of the controlled vocabulary "Look, Alice look! See Spot run! Run, run, run!"
I used to think, "This is not how we speak; this is so boring!" I had no desire to read. That was a contributing factor in my becoming a reading specialist. I knew how it felt to not want to do the first thing I was asked to do in school. This so colored my attitude toward learning!

Now, I am a certified teacher, with a Bachelor of Science In Elementary Education, a Masters of Science in Reading and an additional certification in the WILSON Reading System. I have worked with elementary students for 25 years.

When I am introduced to some of these children, whose only experiences in school have been negative and they feel so horrible about themselves because they know how hard it is for them and not others, it is heartbreaking. Learning needs to be fun, creative and interesting. Success for the student needs to be embedded in their learning tasks. I am sensitive to their learning needs and know how to encourage my students to learn and laugh!
As a child, I did not like reading, we were taught using the sight word approach. We had to memorize each and every word. The books we read were Alice and Jerry and Dick and Jane. We all laughed at the ridiculousness of the controlled vocabulary "Look, Alice look! See Spot run! Run, run, run!"
I used to think, "This is not how we speak; this
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24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Centerport, NY 11721
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In-person lessons

"Excellent reading specialist"

- Sandra, Huntington, NY on 11/28/15

"Highly experienced, educated and skilled!"

- Marianne, Huntington, NY on 9/25/16

"Excellent"

- Lynn, Huntington, NY on 10/28/15

"Great Wilson and Reading/writing tutor."

- Ann marie, Centerport, NY on 10/6/15

"Great Wilson and Reading/Writing Tutor"

- Janet, Centerport, NY on 5/26/15
Test Preparation:
Common Core
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Dyslexia,
Phonics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

Within the 25 years that I was a reading specialist, I had the opportunity to teach a variety of classified special needs students. Many of my students were mainstreamed. I would push into the classroom or they would work in my room and receive small group instruction. Some children were attention deficit, with or without hyperactivity.
Depending on the severity of the student's attention deficit issues, behavior plans were written or "check in check out" charts were created, to address the student's behavior throughout the day. Those students would then earn a meaningful reward.
I was a member of our building's Child Study Team. We were entrusted to listen and evaluate all the students brought before the team and would set plans or try to determine if a referral was appropriate.

Common Core

In the school district where I taught for 18 years, the teachers attended many workshops on common core and it's methodology. As a reading teacher, I had been using many of the concepts to support my more advanced students. Deeper reading was one of the strategies I used. All my students were introduced to the comprehension focus of the lesson and would continue to reflect back throughout the course of the material. The students were always encouraged to ask themselves important questions to grasp the more intuitive meanings.

Dyslexia

To work more effectively with my struggling students, who were non-readers in 3rd and 4th grade, I spent a year receiving certification in the WILSON Reading System. This is a very structured, scripted 10-step multi-sensory approach to the acquisition of sound - symbol relationships. Through the manipulation of sound cards and tiles, blending of sounds, recognizing the patterns in our language, reading, writing and understanding of the written word, students become motivated readers through their investment in their own learning. They enjoy the repetition of the steps and learn to depend on the structure and inherent success as well as the ownership of their success! Seeing the glow of acknowledge in their eyes is all worth it!

Elementary (K-6th)

As a certified teacher, with a Bachelor of Science In Elementary Education, a Master's of Science in Reading, and an additional certification in the WILSON Reading System, I have worked with elementary students for 25 years.
A third grade student who is a non-reader often considers him/herself a failure. That is a horrible thing to see in a child! His eyes avert yours or he is so anxious it is impossible to sit and attend. These sad children have tugged at my heart strings. So, to be able to work with these students and see their faces change, smiling more easily, better posture and charging into my room to set up for his class, that is my dream. It is so worth the time, sometime years, that we have spent together.
Every so often I run across an old student. The face may look familiar, then the young person before me will say " You were my reading teacher!" They can't wait to tell me about their lives, and how productive they are. We both laugh, I am the one with tears in my eyes.

Grammar

Grammar is a difficult subject to teach to children. Oral language is the basis for all future learning. When children have not developed the basics of oral language and reciprocal conversation they have difficulty with reading, writing and of course grammar. I engage my students in appropriate everyday language, teach the rules to them and then have them listen carefully to the sounds and the correctness of what is being said to them.

Literature

Children love hearing and telling stories! When they begin to realize they can access the world of literature through their own reading skills it makes them feel so empowered.
Showing them the methods of comprehension, deep reading and that their own opinions have real value is a gift to be a part of.
I have taught whole class lessons in literature in elementary grades, middle school classes, as well as freshman classes as an adjunct professor.

Phonics

I have taught phonics for 25 years, and my students have become successful and motivated readers. The techniques I have utilized in the past were structured sound symbol relationship exercises, context clues, slotted sentences, and Cloze procedure, depending on the level of each student.
Ultimately, I studied the WILSON Reading System and became certified in this Process. This is a highly structured ten step multi sensory procedure that allows the students to gain and retain the individual sound symbol relationships then blend them into words and then manipulate them into sentences.
This system incorporates sounds, blending, reading, writing and comprehension. I had a lot of success with my students in the public school where I taught for 18 years!

Reading

Reading, of course, is my first love, after my two grown daughters and my granddaughter. I was not read to as a child, different times perhaps, however intuitively I recognized the value of reading to both my girls! Rarely was there an evening when at bedtime, they were not read to.
When I was completing my master's and I was a graduate assistant and teaching, my younger daughter asked me to read to her, and so I asked her to read to me instead! The reading continues: my daughter has been reading to her daughter since she was an infant.
I have a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education, a minor in Literature, and a Master's of Science in Reading, grades K-12th.
I received an additional certification in reading for students who truly struggle with the acquisition of sound symbol relationships. The WILSON Language System has afforded me a much deeper grasp of our language and the patterns that can be recognized and predicted to aid in reading skills.

Spelling

Teaching spelling in the whole class setting through a spelling series has been mastered. My WILSON training has given me additional insight and a greater knowledge of the methods of knowable patterns contained within our language. The students ultimately enjoy finding these patterns and learn to apply them to their spelling as well as using context.

Study Skills

In addition to the reading support and teaching of study skills in both my small groups as well as my whole class instruction, I taught a "Saturday Academy" for middle school students.
The course was designed to prep them for the coming state assessments. The curriculum was based on content area material and how to read it in a meaningful, organized way.
I taught the students how to preview a chapter, turn the major headings into questions, then read specifically to answer those questions. This was an effective way to read, comprehend and take notes to study from.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary, I believe, is fun to teach. I generally use atypical vocabulary with my students and define it with its context. When children realize they are being spoken to with genuine respect they take on a different demeanor. They like using more advanced words! Now when teaching vocabulary we usually focus on recognizable base words and spend a lot of time with the utilizing of context clues; the CLOZE procedure is a fun way to gain meaning using the whole paragraph with a variety of types of clues.

Writing

I love teaching writing! I introduce each of the 5 types of writing: descriptive, expository (to explain), persuasive, narrative and practical. One is introduced at a time, defined, then modeled.
We analyze the piece to make sure it has the necessary elements of a proper piece of writing, introduction, body and conclusion paragraphs. This is not an easy process, but the students are given the basic formula, the definition of the type of writing they need to create and listen to several models written by me, and then a short piece of literature which clearly illustrates the specific type of writing. Some children may struggle, but they learn to persevere and they will need several individual remedial lessons.

CW Post LIU --- School of Education
Elementary education
CW Post College of LIU
Master's

Education

CW Post LIU --- School of Education (Elementary education)

CW Post College of LIU (Master's)

Excellent reading specialist

Maddi has great passion for teaching children to read. She has only worked with my daughter for 2 weeks now, but my daughter absolutely loves and feels comfortable with her -- which is extremely important for a productive learning environment. Maddi is an expert on breaking the extremely complex task of reading into small steps that actively engage children and allow them to learn the needed knowl

— Sandra, Huntington, NY on 11/28/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Maddi will travel within 10 miles of Centerport, NY 11721.