Williams College (PSCI)
CUNY -Lehman (Master's)
I have been a classroom teacher (through the NYS Department of Education and at a charter school) for the past eight years. I have taught elementary students reading, writing, and math - providing both remediation and enrichment. I have also taught secondary students English (literature), English as a Second Language, and American History. For the past four years, I have taught seventh graders American History. It has been a pleasure getting to see my students in different academic contexts, as well as being able to use their strengths from one class to help them excel within others.
I have also worked through the Department of Education to provide supplementary one-on-one tutoring for students in grades ranging from first through twelfth. The best part of working with students one-on-one, is getting to see them meet their individual academic goals on a more personal level than what would happen inside a traditional classroom setting. I also enjoy getting to know about my students' long-term dreams, so that I can help them in ways that will provide both short-term and long-term guidance.
Often times, students who struggle with reading and writing are students who don't find those subjects to be enjoyable. My greatest strength as an English teacher is being able to provide students with material that is challenging, but which they also find interesting. Everyone has something that interests them, and it's great to help students realize that there are characters in literature who share hobbies and interests similar to their own.
George Santayana said "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." I find this to be even truer in today's age of social media. Students often say that history is boring, or just about dead people - but it's not. I love showing students how to find connections between things that happened 50, 100, 1000 years ago and their personal lives today. I enjoy showing students how various groups are connected in ways they never imagined. Having taught American History at multiple grade levels, I have a unique understanding as to how the new Common Core Standards progress across the grade levels.
I can't wait to learn more about your academic goals, and help you to reach them! I have been a classroom teacher (through the NYS Department of Education and at a charter school) for the past eight years. I have taught elementary students reading, writing, and math - providing both remediation and enrichment. I have also taught secondary students English (literature), English as a Second Language, and American History. For the
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