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Giana K.

New York, NY

$65/hour

Learning Specialist: Helping students reach individual goals!

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Smith College
Psychology and Neuro
LIU
MEd
Teaching Yoga To Students With Disabilities
Other

Education

Smith College (Psychology and Neuro)

LIU (MEd)

Teaching Yoga To Students With Disabilities (Other)

About Giana

I have worked in NYC schools as a classroom teacher, special educator and literacy intervention teacher for several years. In this time, I have helped students to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. I strive to create a relationship in which students enjoy learning by providing them with strategies specific to their needs and explaining content in a way that they can understand and appreciate.

My goal as a teacher/tutor is to make life a little less frustrating and evoke confidence in students. I try to do this by both cultivating student strengths and interests, as well as helping them experience success in subjects areas of struggle. In my experience, I have encountered many types of learners. Once I am aware of how someone learns, I am able to teach them strategies, which ease any difficulty they have previously experienced.

I am a NY state certified teacher in general education and special education. I'm also certified in teaching yoga to children (including those with special needs). I hold a Master of Science degree in Education and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Neuroscience.
I have worked in NYC schools as a classroom teacher, special educator and literacy intervention teacher for several years. In this time, I have helped students to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. I strive to create a relationship in which students enjoy learning by providing them with strategies specific to their needs and explaining Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Rate is negotiable based on distance, student needs and frequency of sessions.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of New York, NY 10012
In-person lessons
Math:
Algebra 1, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra
Science:
Anthropology, Biology, Nutrition, Psychology, Sociology
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, College Counseling, GRE, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
Anthropology, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE
Sports/Recreation:
Fitness, Track & Field

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

I was a psychology/neuroscience major and minor in college and received my graduate degree in education, specializing in learning disabilities. Additionally, I have been a special education teacher/tutor for close to a decade, during which I have had extensive experience teaching and working with ADD/ADHD students. In spite of the frustration and struggle people diagnosed with ADD/ADHD experience, I am equally well versed and aware of strategies to compensate and overcome their challenges, in addition to using and highlighting the strengths and exceptional abilities of individuals with ADD/ADHD. Finally, I have also worked with The institute of Pediatric Neuroscience, as research assistant on studies focused on understanding ADD/ADHD. Thus, I am well read on the most current research on ADD/ADHD.

Last but perhaps most importantly, I greatly ENJOY working with individuals with ADD/ADHD.

Aspergers

I have been working with students with Aspergers for over a decade in private, research-based and school settings. I currently have my Masters in Special Education and I am a licensed NY state special Educator. I believe I express a deep understanding for the individual experience unique to each student with Aspergers (frustrations, anxieties and of course often extraordinary abilities and successes. I have grown to adore working with these students and I have experienced great success at reaching them; both reducing struggle and facilitating success.

I believe in creating an individualized program that will best meet the unique needs of each individual. When I work with a student their goals are clarified, progress is monitored and questions/suggestions are always welcome.

Autism

I have worked with children with autism for over a decade. In college I was a psychology/neuroscience major and minor in college and received my graduate degree in education, specializing in students with disabilities.

I have extensive experience working with children on the spectrum both with very little verbal output and hyperlexic. I understand the nuances that accompany autism and I adore working with them.

In spite of the frustration and struggles people diagnosed with autism experience in navigating this complicated world, I have acquired a myriad of strategies research-based and creative to address each unique individuals needs.

I have worked one to one, under an autism consultant, as well as in integrated classrooms.

One of the achievements I take greatest pride in is original research I compiled that funded a study at The Institute of Pediatric Neuroscience, as research assistant. Thus, I am well read on the much of the most current research on the neurobiology. I can help navigate families through the education system, as I acted as district representative for my school, as well as IEP teacher and special ed. liaison. I have offered teacher support services to help inexperienced teachers understand and improve their own instruction addressing the needs of children with autism.

I have furthered my own education and knowledge of instructional strategies by attending a training for teaching yoga to students with disabilities. This has tremendous academic advantages, particularly for those with autism.

Dyslexia

I have been teaching special education in NYC Public Schools for 7 years, and I have tutored students ages 5 to adult. I have been trained and certified in a specialized, research based, multi-sensory reading intervention program, developed specifically for individuals with dyslexia. Additionally, I have a strong understanding of the neurobiology and cognitive processing specific to those with dyslexia; thus, I apply this knowledge to each instructional strategy I make. While this is a great advantage, I am sensitive to each individual's unique needs, and I believe strongly in the need to create individualized programs that best meet those needs.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have NY state certification. I have worked in NYC school for nearly a decade, as a classroom teacher and learning specialist/intervention teacher.

Phonics

I am certified to teach the Wilson Reading Intervention program (a systematic multi-sensory phonemic awareness program) in the classroom and have a certificate that states I have completed the initial certification training. Additionally, I have attended a number of Prof. Dev. days for using Words Their Way word study program. Additionally I have a Masters Degree in general/special education from LIU.

Special Needs

I have my Masters' in Education (Special Ed. from LIU, Brooklyn Campus). I have been a special education teacher in NYC as an employee of the DOE for 6 years. I have a Bachelor's in Psychology from Smith College and NY state certification for teaching special education.

Study Skills

I have my Masters degree in special education and a Bachelors in developmental psychology and neuroscience. Thus, I pull from knowledge acquired during my education, in addition to 6 years experience teaching students' ages 5-adult to best meet students individual needs.

Study skills are not often taught in schools, but is essential to fostering a curious mind and love of learning. As a learning specialist and tutor, I am able to work with individual students, introducing strategies and skills that will best meet their needs. This, in combination with my experience creating classroom environments that are designed to manage multiple subjects and monitor all students has allowed me to develop a variety of strategies for structuring studying. I aim to best meet each students needs, depending on their unique abilities and struggles.

Additionally I am certified in teaching yoga to students with disabilities. When appropriate, I incorporate mindful strategies that diminish anxiety or frustration and facilitate better self-regulation, attention and thus organization, fostering successful study skills.

Smith College
Psychology and Neuro
LIU
MEd
Teaching Yoga To Students With Disabilities
Other

Education

Smith College (Psychology and Neuro)

LIU (MEd)

Teaching Yoga To Students With Disabilities (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Rate is negotiable based on distance, student needs and frequency of sessions.

Travel policy

Giana will travel within 15 miles of New York, NY 10012.