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Seminole State College
University of Central Florida- Bachelor's (EdD)
Having worked in the public school system for ten years, I have seen students left behind by teachers who don't have the time to help them. I have the time, the patience, and the skills to guide students from struggling in a subject to feeling confident. I have tutored students successfully from the preschool level up through college, including special needs students.
Although I have taught general education classes, my bachelor's is in Exceptional Child Education. Many of the strategies that help students with special needs (deaf/HH, SLD, dyslexic, behavioral), also help students in the general population that are struggling with specific issues. Once these students realized that I was not going to let them just sit through class and fail, they accepted my help and passed.
All students are unique in how they learn, so there can't be just one way to teach. I will utilize the particular strategies that will work best for you. I will teach you how to learn with critical thinking skills, so that you will become an independent learner for life. I have seen the light bulb go on in the eyes of my students, and the subsequent rise of self-confidence as they know they really can do it. Let me do the same for you. Having worked in the public school system for ten years, I have seen students left behind by teachers who don't have the time to help them. I have the time, the patience, and the skills to guide students from struggling in a subject to feeling confident. I have tutored students successfully from the … Read more
Christie is extremely knowledgable and she is also very caring. She really wants to help . We appreciate her very much.
Ms. Christie is a perfect fit for our family. We have a hearing non-verbal 8 year old son. With her special education background and sign language knowledge, we can't go wrong! After one lesson, we are well on our way. Looking forward to the weeks ahead.
Excellent tutor. Uses real world application of ASL with her experience in the classroom. My child was losing interest in ASL due to difficulties in the classroom. She was able to help him refocus and he did a fabulous job on his exam.
Christie is a amazing tutor. She has made a big difference in my daughters test grades from making 50's to making 100/90 after the first tutoring session. Christie has patience and you can tell she loves what she does. I highly recommend her to anyone is looking for a amazing tutor.
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Deaf and Hard of Hearing students have special needs for learning that can only really be understood by someone who has extensive experience in these situations. I am a certified teacher in Deaf Education in the state of Florida. I have also been an ASL interpreter since 1996, mostly in the educational field of expertise. I have extensive knowledge in the necessary accommodations and methods of teaching to help deaf/hard of hearing students maximize their learning potentials. I have assessments to determine at what level the student is currently comfortable with in order to build their knowledge and understanding on a solid foundation. Nothing can be assumed because a teacher/tutor doesn't know what information, or incidental learning, the students may have missed throughout their lives due to their challenges in hearing. I have the necessary tools and materials with which to teach them. Deaf and Hard of Hearing students can learn anything they need to, in order to be successful in school and in life, with the appropriate accommodations and teaching matched to their needs.
With a BS in education, I have taken classes in Public Speaking and used the proven techniques throughout my various jobs as teacher and interpreter in the educational system. The basic techniques are to know your material, organize it, make it interesting, and practice it enough that you are comfortable with it; use eye contact, speak clearly and at the appropriate level for your audience, and dress according to the specific function/environment. Public speaking skills are necessary at all ages, from the kindergartener participating in Show and Tell, to the high school or college student giving a presentation, to the business professional communicating with his/her coworkers or trying to make a sale. The techniques are basically the same, and only need to be fitted to each situation in order for the speaker to be successful. I have the materials for the student, that can be adjusted to fit their particular situation.
I have an educational degree from UCF, and also have my Reading Endorsement. I have taught regular education students as well as those with special needs, various learning styles, and learning disabilities.
I have been a sign language interpreter since 1996 in the state of Florida. Most of my interpreting has been in the educational setting. I have participated in workshops to meet continuing education requirements. I am able to communicate fluently in sign language at its various registers, teach various subjects using sign language, and also to teach sign language classes themselves. I have taught ASL classes at the preschool, elementary, middle school, high school, and college levels since 2000.
My four year degree from UCF is specifically in education of students with varying exceptionalities. I have taught general education as well as special needs students. I did my internship at the elementary level, substituted at the middle school level, and have taught at the high school level. My students included: Down's Syndrome, mild/moderate/profound intellectual disabilities, autistic, ADD/ADHD, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing. All of my students improved in some way under my tutelage.
As a 9th grade English teacher, I had to provide my students with the study skills they would need to be successful in my class, and other classes, as well as future classes. Study skills involve many different techniques in order to be successful. Often I would hear students say, "Just tell me what I need to memorize." Memorizing a bunch of words is not the way to become successful in the manner of studying. I have materials to show students how to organize their classwork, and how to make the most efficient use of their study time. I can teach them how to actively listen to what is being taught, learn to pick out what is important enough to write down in their notes, and how to test themselves for actual comprehension. There are many techniques and strategies that students can use to become successful at any age. It is important to determine what type of learner the student is in order to focus the various strategies most effectively. Believe it or not, stress management also plays a major role in studying effectively.