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St.. Lawrence University
Johnson State College (Master's)
My experiences with the French Language include classroom study from second grade on up through a Bachelor's degree that included study at the Faculte des Lettres of L'Universite de Rouen, Mont St. Aignan, France. I spent a summer in Belgium on Lions Club Exchange. I have held provisional New York State certification to teach French in grades 7-12, but had to let my certification drop during a period of intensive family caregiving needs. I taught French at a small private school for a year, and have provided substitute teaching services in French and other areas through the WSWHE BOCES Substitute Teacher Registry. Native French speakers have assured me in the past year that my spoken and written French remain of excellent quality.
With regard to the areas of English where I have offered tutoring services, while I have not held certification in English, my grasp of the English language has certainly served as the base on which my success in studying other languages is built. (I do speak a functional amount of Spanish.) My written language abilities are available for review in issues of The Glens Falls and Saratoga Business Journals, where I am a contributing writer. I certainly have applied English language teaching in special education classrooms.
I am willing to work with individuals with special needs in multiple areas, whether in classroom academics or working with children or more challenged adults teaching some social, housekeeping, or other life skills. My special ed degree is one with an accent on residential services, so I have a background in teaching a lot of hands-on and social interaction skills. I have an extensive background in working with individuals with special needs in direct care, respite house, and service coordination capacities in addition to subbing in multiple classrooms for BOCES and area school districts. I have worked with students at all age levels, with a variety of challenges, in multiple subject areas.
For any of these tutoring options, I am willing to travel to Glens Falls or Saratoga and some of the closer outlying areas. My experiences with the French Language include classroom study from second grade on up through a Bachelor's degree that included study at the Faculte des Lettres of
I have been a writer for the local business journals for seven years. I have done commentaries on literature in both French an English and certainly needed to have had experience in the first in order to have accomplished the second. In the course of helping special education students in their various courses, I have certainly included tutoring in English among helping in all of their subjects studied.
I studied French from second grade on through a bachelor's in the language. I spent my junior year of college in St. Lawrence University's program at l'Unversite de Rouen. I spent a summer in Belgium on Lions Club Exchange. I was provisionally certified to teach French 7-12, but the certification dropped during the time that I was caring for a parent with Alzheimer's. Native speakers assure me that my spoken and verbal skills remain quite intact. I do occasionally sub in French classrooms. I taught three levels French for a year in a small private school.
I have been a writer for seven years for the Glens Falls and Saratoga Business Journals. My grasp of English grammar is sufficient to have enabled me to major in a foreign language and to have studied two others. As a long-term sub in public schools I have taught English in both regular and special ed classrooms.
This is scary to write. If I make any errors and don't correct them, it doesn't reflect well on my ability to proofread. I can only say that seldom does a story that I submit to local business journals sneak into print with a typo. When it does, I chalk it up to how much my editor trusts me not to have done his own proofreading.
Reading and analyzing texts is an ongoing part of the educational process regardless of the subject being studied. I did take a graduate level course in reading in the content areas. Helping out in reading across all subjects is an ongoing aspect of helping out in the special ed classrooms where I sub.
Granted, it's been a while a since I scored a 628 on the verbal aspect of my SAT and a 685 on the English achievement, but those skills remain intact. I earned perfect scores on written sections of the standardized teacher certification exams. While skills in writing for local business journals may not translate exactly into teaching for SAT writing exams, my English language writing tutoring is ongoing in the course of substitute teaching in special education classrooms.
In more than 30 years of working with children and adults in the area of developmental disabilities, I have worked with individuals of pre-school age on up to octogenarians. I have worked with people with profound and multiple handicaps and autism as well as with individuals whose challenges were more subtle and primarily evident only in a learning context. My degree in special education, with an emphasis on residential services, was geared toward teaching people the hands-on and social skills to be optimally independent in the environments where they function in their homes and community. The two semesters of applied behavior analysis included in the curriculum focused on teaching to motivate people toward the acquisition of new skills and the reduction or elimination of problematic behaviors. I've worked as a member of clinical teams with both of these kinds of goals in mind. I would willingly serve as an adjunct for teaching these kinds of things as well as basic academics in a student's home environment to complement what they may be learning in school or day program. I have experience in residential, classroom, respite house, day habilitation, and service coordination contexts.