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Richard Stockton State College
Sculpture
NIET National Institute of Expressive Therapy
Master's

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Richard Stockton State College (Sculpture)

NIET National Institute of Expressive Therapy (Master's)

About Elizabeth

I am a multimedia Artist qualified to tutor in visual arts and writing.
I thoroughly enjoy enriching a students' life by inspiring them to expand their unique creative qualities for enhanced learning and personal growth. I worked as an Art Teacher after-school for 6 years for ages 3 - 12; also assisting with homework in all subjects. I've also facilitated community-based art workshops for preteens, teens and all ages; one-to-one and in group settings for 18 years.

My writing experience is with writing poetry, facilitating poetry workshops, writing articles for online magazines and web-sites; and essays about creativity. I encourage all students to develop writing skills which inevitably provide useful lifelong tools for all chosen careers.

I am furthermore qualified to tutor children and individuals with special needs including hard of hearing with 15 year experience assisting children and individuals, of diverse backgrounds and various health conditions, as an Art and Recreation Therapist.

Creative activities develop individuality as the creative mind is stimulated, overall learning abilities are enhanced.

My major in college was sculpture which included extensive study in drawing and painting techniques.
I acquired my MA degree as an Expressive Art Therapist which involved intensive study in sensory stimulation through art,
counseling and the values of creative expression.
I am a multimedia Artist qualified to tutor in visual arts and writing.
I thoroughly enjoy enriching a students' life by inspiring them to expand their unique creative qualities for enhanced learning and personal growth. I worked as an Art Teacher after-school for 6 years for ages 3 - 12; also assisting with homework in all subjects. I've
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Travels within 25 miles of Albrightsville, PA 18210
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Science:
Ecology, Psychology, Sociology
Music:
Drums
Art:
Art History, Art Theory, Drawing,
Graphic Design,
Painting
English:
English, Grammar,
Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Graphic Design
Language:
Speech
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Handwriting,
Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Sports/Recreation:
Fitness, Sewing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ADHD

My MA thesis was about sensory stimulation through art. All my research and field work throughout my studies has served me well when addressing the behaviors associated with ADD and/or ADHD.

experience with tutoring youngsters with ADD and/or ADHD has mostly been in private setting in their home. Although I have had students with ADD as an after-school Art Teacher. Since the children (aged 3 - 12) had been in school all day, most of them had characteristics of ADD anyway such as a short attention span, difficulty focusing, trouble prioritizing and completing their homework. They would also become easily distracted if any of the other children became disruptive and or tend to be disruptive themselves. Certainly a few of them had ADD and/or ADHD though, due to the fact that they had the same behaviors throughout the day, according to their full-time teachers. Being empathetic to their long day and the frustration they must feel at times, I worked with them by making their studies as interesting as possible so they would do as much of their homework as they could. Some were able to finish and welcomed having an art activity to do since many children (people) with ADD are known to be free-thinkers and quite creative. Though they would have a longer attention span for art, I did need to help them with organizational skills such as keeping the crayons with the other crayons and gathering their belongings neatly prior to departure.

Addressing kids with ADD and ADHD at their homes has been a little easier because I haven't had to deal with chain reactions by other kids being disruptive and could give them my undivided attention. It's easier for them to stay engaged in one task at a time since their peers aren't present. [ Unfortunately, they are often teased by their peers due to awkward behaviors such as abruptly changing the subject and becoming distracted so easily. ] It is also easier for them to be organized as long as they have certain places where they generally keep their things, remember to put things and are accustomed to consistent reminders; i.e., an eleven-year-old boy I worked with was diagnosed with ADHD and on medication to address the hyperactivity. Hence, it was rare that I saw him extremely hyper unless he hadn't taken his meds in a timely manner. His hyper behavior was usually simmered, yet he would become impatient with himself at times, during such times I would calmly re-direct him back to the activity at hand. Being an artist myself, I thoroughly enjoyed creating art with him following assistance with his homework. He especially enjoyed the tactile experience of mixing paints and making his own colors.
Prompting students with ADD & ADHD to focus can be challenging at times but I find that if the activity they are engaged in involves sensory stimulation, they respond well; in addition to just using verbal guidance,

When I worked as a Recreation Counselor, I had a few diagnosed as "Mentally Challenged", supposedly with a low IQ, though I could tell their condition was more apt to be ADHD. I had a teenaged girl whose behavior was quite erratic but with patience it was possible to calm her down by engaging her in a creatively oriented activity such as making a collage or beading a necklace. She enjoyed sorting the selection of papers available and was even able to follow a certain pattern with the large beads. These activities proved increase her attention span.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I completed course study in order to acquire Certificates of Achievement from BAS; the Bureau of Autism Services of PA. They are advanced studies in Autism required for positions as a Behavior Specialist who's role is to provide direct care and supervision of residents with Autism and oversee their assigned staff. I have seven and 1/2 years experience working in New York City and Morris County, NJ assisting children who have this condition.

The first required training I took was Behavioral Specialist Service Training 101, entitled, "Required Initial Training". This training required passing eight tests. The second part, Behavioral Specialist Service Training 102, entitled "Required Initial and Continuing Trainings", entailed five intense training modules.

The best course throughout the entire training is "Behavior is Communication", which is so true. It is a fascinating overview for identifying specific mannerisms and behaviors. Though it served as informative review for me, I view each child as individuals with their own unique traits and attributes.

Additional training and certification :
Effects of Aging on Emotions and the Five Senses 2/22/2014
Detecting and Understanding Levels of Pain 2/22/2014
A Pill’s Journey: How Medications Work 2/22/2014

Drawing

I have experience tutoring students in drawing from ages 3 – 18 and up. When I facilitate art workshops, no matter the community setting or workshop theme, I guide participants in drawing.
Private tutoring with drawing has usually been in accompaniment to homework assignments, for enhancement purposes, such as the design of a book report or diagram in support of subject matter. I spend more time with students who take a special interest in drawing and help them increase drawing skills in order to best represent what they choose to draw. For students who are more advanced with drawing, I challenge them with new approaches as far as experimenting with various graphic set ups of their work, utilizing new & different medium and expanding upon the elements of drawing.

I encourage all students to explore different mediums for drawing. It's good for them to discover for themselves which medium suits their chosen subject matter the best. Certainly changing colors of a sunset can be expressed differently in pastel than in colored pencil. A sunset can even be depicted in various grades of graphite and/or charcoal. Thus, experimentation proves to enhance the development of individualistic style. This applies to whether a student cares to render art materials in the characteristic of Realism or abstractly. I encourage each student to probe the vast world of drawing as their unique artistic process advances.
My approach to each student is individualized; dependent upon each students’ ability for learning. I take into consideration level of cognition, interests, goals and desires into consideration and challenge them relative to the process in which they advance.

In a more formal setting, I taught students drawing as an after-school teacher for six years, with children 3 – 12. I engaged students in drawing following help with their homework.

I have been drawing throughout my life since a young child. My public schooling provided art classes all the way through High School. I may not have gotten As and Bs in all subjects but I always succeeded in excelling with art. Though my major in college was sculpture, a lot of drawing was required. In fact, I still find it beneficial to my sculpture designs to also have intermittent sketches in progress.

Drums

I am qualified to teach and tutor beginner drumming with primitive type drums such as Djembes, Conga, Bongo, Frame and Slit drums. (I do not claim to be experienced with full drum kits)

I studied Haitian drum rhythms for 3 1/2 years with a Master Haitian drummer who also introduced me to rhythms of NW Africa, Ghana, Brazil and Afro-Cuban rhythms. I attended workshops with Music for People for 4 1/2 years where I would part-take in music improvisation with my percussion instruments, voice and dance.

Elementary (K-6th)

I worked as an after-school teacher with children aged three through twelve; Montessori through 6th Grade, for six years.
I helped with their homework and engaged the children who finished it, or had no homework assignments, in an art activity.
Their homework assignments ranged from phonics to writing short stories, spelling one's name to research skills, reading one syllable words to reading biographies, arithmetic to numeric conversions, learning the names of colors to flag colors of the world, and learning animal identification to learning their natural habitats. I also encourage children to draw and paint something that relates to what they're studying in school, whether it be science, social studies or other subjects.

I tutored eleven-year-old twin boys while their grandmother was caring for their two-year-old sister. I helped them with short story structuring and writing reports about a current event. One day, following assistance with homework, one of the boys opted to draw and the other chose to play videos games. It wasn't long before the other came out from his room curious to see what we were doing. Next thing I know, he's rendering his favorite super hero in vivid color. This in turn gave him idea for storytelling group on Friday.
On another occasion one boy greeted me with enthusiasm; "I've got to show you something." He then brought me a three-dimensional design he'd constructed as an extra credit project for science class. He hadn't really liked science and wasn't doing well in it. Getting more creative stimulated his interest. I had explained to the boys that though it's fine to like some subjects more than others, it's important to make an effort in all subjects.
A well-rounded education is a strong education. It is always rewarding to see children build confidence through their work and experience a sense of true pride.
My time with children has proven to me over and over that they are more intrigued with learning when they're stimulated creatively. The imagination, sparks curiosity which prompts questioning which keeps learning fresh and interesting as it builds character. Creative activities enliven the experience(s) of learning, whether in school or home for homework. I so enjoy spending time with children; especially inspiring them to develop their creative attributes.

My Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, along with PA state and Federal background check clearances, were verified and are up to date.

Grammar

I have tutored many children in Grammar; as young as three through middle school.
I helped one child at a time as an After-school Teacher, at length as needed.
I've also taught & coached quite a few children one-to-one.

A lot of patience is required to teach grammar, which I have. All children learn to have their own growth process. What I do is check and re-check that children understand the relationship(s) between the sounds of letters. The need to make sense of the relationships between the sounds of the words and the coordinating spelling of vowels, consonants and letter combinations.

The trying moments of challenge as they learn are actually beneficial to mastering grammar.
As they repeat back to me I encourage any questions they may have, the pieces begin to fit together until one day, they are able to form phrases and sentences on their own.

Graphic Design

My experience in tutoring in graphic design privately has been with collage, photo-montage, and assemblage (collage of mixed-media). I believe that students need to approach such designs with great consideration of the entire plane with while executing their work. I've found that students often forget to step back from their work intermittently as they become concentrated in one area of their work. Though attention to detail is extremely important to creating all artwork, it's vital that the full view of a work is not taken for granted. E.g., I have also tutored students with the basic use of a camera. How strongly the subject of a photo emerges is dependent one how the initial view is set up.
When I tutor students in drawing & painting, I teach them that the overall visual effect and success of a work is dependent upon the graphic design as being the essential foundation and most empowering feature of all.

I had the opportunity to teach collage as an after-school Art Teacher for 5 years. Provisions for this setting were such that we used scissors rather than more technical tools such as X-acto knives. Yet, I was able to teach them various approaches to set up, layering, contrasting colors, shape rearrangement(s) and use of adhesives.

My graphic art experience is with hands-on original graphic design more-so than with computer programs. My assignments were often singled out in an advanced college class at SVA; School of Visual Arts in NYC, which I took following acquiring my BA in sculpture. I've been further complimented often for my "good eye" in response to my collage of mixed-media and photographs. I also achieved certification for Graphic Design; "Image Design" and use Adobe Illustrator for design purposes. I create fliers and design pamphlets and charts. However, I do not claim to be advanced with graphic design using various computer programs. For students who care to become proficient in graphic design on a Mac or PC, I highly recommend that they also acquire knowledge of designing "hands-on" with traditional art materials and tools.

Handwriting

I have extensive experience tutoring handwriting both as an after-school teacher of six years and in home settings with children 4 - 14.

I instructed first and second graders the correct way to form small and capital letters. I use symbol to sound correspondence intermittently as children practice writing the letters of the alphabet. The five vowels are emphasized as first letters learned to write properly since they are the most often used in combination with other letters of the alphabet.

When tutoring children how to write in cursive, I stress to them that it's important to establish good printing first. Many kids I've taught tend to get anxious while enjoying the fluidity of joining letters as cursive.

Due to the advancement of technology, and increased use of letters which are already established with the press of buttons, many children become better with using a keyboard before even learning how or thoroughly learning how to write. This is unfortunate because it acts as an interruption in the learning process in terms of spelling, word use and sentence structure.

I have the patience to help children be able to learn writing and show them that writing skills actually enhance their ability to use a keyboard and other tech devises.

My printing and cursive are especially neat, even and readable because I have chosen to print or "write" at every opportunity rather than type. I enjoy the act of writing for note-taking, poetry, essay writing and good old-fashioned post office gift cards and letters.

It is a joy to share my writing skills and witness the pride of students from their writing as work well done.

Hard Of Hearing

I have engaged quite a few children and adults who are deaf, or partially deaf, in creative activities. I am an empathetic person with exceptional patience for assisting and working along with others. Furthermore, my MA thesis entitled "Touching from the Inside" focused on sensory stimulation through The Arts. I was highly praised for my extensive research of the five senses. As I was formulating the thesis, I was employed as an Art Therapist creating art with a group of individuals who were both deaf and blind.

Painting

There are infinite ways to paint. Whether one likes the ooze of acrylics or challenge of detailing with oils, one can express a sense of joy or melancholy with qualities of stillness or vitality. Whether using a Chinese brush painting combined with ink or altering a Caran Dache crayon drawing with water, painting is a wondrous endeavor.
For students who have not yet experimented with various paint types, I encourage them to do so. For students who have, and discovered their paint type of choice, I challenge try fresh and daring approaches to painting. Establishing visual intrigue and graphic balance are just two of the challenges of combining line, shape, texture, tone and more with paint.

I happen to believe that the history of painting is the most fascinating avenue of history to study. So much can be learned about the history of mankind through the world of painting for painting is, and art for that matter, is a reflection of time and place. Moreover, painting reflects inner being and is able to express often what words cannot.
Whether a student is fond of the The Etruscan Era or fascinated by German Expressionism; amazed by the paintings of Early Renaissance or curious about Dadaism, one can develop their own unique style in spite of what they have been impression-ed by. Knowledge of previous painting does nothing more than enhance the personal exploration of painting and the many ways to use a paintbrush.

My personal experience painting is in watercolor with traditional cakes and Caran Dache crayons, oil on canvas, acrylics on wood and in combination with other art forms.

I am a multimedia artist and currently conduct weekly painting workshops with acrylics, as a volunteer, for individuals undergoing a major life transition.

Phonics

When I worked as an after-school teacher, most of the children enrolled were three to six years old. The first graders and second graders were being given their first homework assignments; learning the alphabet and forming words.

With consideration that they had just undergone a full day of school, I utilized my experience with art to help keep them focused by using colors. They used certain colors for vowels, consonants and/or simple words as we echoed the sounds of words, letters and combinations of letters. Depending on the attention span of a particular child, we make take a break from letters and follow up with drawing. E.g., draw a pink cat or blue dog. This approach helped prepare them to more easily use their pencils and record the letters for their homework more legibly with less erasing.
I've have found that young children respond well to examples that are colorful and fun. And by taking their time with a process such as this, they learn to take pride in their work.

I had the opportunity to attend exceptional public schools when I grew up. I was taught good diction and grammar beginning with phonics. I recall that examples for learning phonics were often presented with pictorial images and graphics to reiterate spelling and the sounding out of words.
A sound foundation in phonics certainly helps to make reading comprehension and the development of writing skills more fluent.

My Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, along with PA state and Federal background check clearances, were verified and are up to date.

Reading

I have helped many children acquire good skills for fluent reading (and writing).
I present easily understood word definitions and teach phonics by thoroughly describing the correlation between spoken letters and sounds to writing words; phrases, sentences and paragraphs.
As fluidity in reading improves, I assist children in identifying features of reading material for ease in developing good comprehension.

Sewing

My hand-sewing stitches are impeccable and I am knowledable about the approriate stitches and type threads to use for a particular task. In addition to mending all my own clothing, I have been employed privately to mend clothing for others. As a shop assistant, I repaired Victorian beaded handbags. A lady once hired me to create a monster costume for her daughter.
I taught my mother, a neighbor and two young girls how to sew by hand and am willing to show students how to use a sewing machine. My artistic designs for facilitating art workshops have also entailed puppet, doll and mask-making which entailed hand sewing. I have also used my sewing machine for making clothing and home decor accessorizing.

Special Needs

I have assisted children with special needs for an accumulative of nine years as a Recreation Therapist and Counselor with United Cerebral Palsy of Morris/Somerset NJ for their respite program. Our team engaged children in creatively productive activities, assisted them with ADL needs and escorted them to events, cultural and educational sites. Our relationship with the children tended to be quite personable for we cared for them for full weekends at a time.

The training of UCP was both extensive and intensive as agencies such as this are particularly thorough about the special needs associated with Developmental Disabilities and Autism.

My CPR and First Aid certifications are up to date. I have very good references upon request.
Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, along with PA state and Federal background check clearances, were verified and are up to date.

Speech

As a tutor, I’ve primarily supported children to speak more clearly so they may be more easily understood by their peers and in social settings. When tutoring students in writing, including vocabulary, spelling and word usage, I have needed to pause for help clarifying pronunciation and diction. At times, a student has delay in cognition which prompts me to coach the student with additional prompts for listening and observing my examples more closely. Repetitive pronunciation need be done by myself and the student.
Thus, tutoring speech development has much to do with posture, eye contact, coordination while developing cognition; especially listening skills.
I approach coaching children with speech impediments by also helping them to develop good listening skills such as breaking down words into syllables, repeating words and asking them to imitate me. [ I serve as a power of example for I have a fairly broad vocabulary and good diction.] Breaking down words into syllables helps them to become more conscious of saying what they wish to say.
When I notice a youngster express themselves with poor diction or grammar, I respectfully suggest that they repeat what they said to see if they notice for themselves that they said something incorrectly. If they do not, I compare the appropriate way and the inappropriate way with them. Depending on the level of comprehension I'm addressing I will then choose whether or not to describe, explain and repeat the difference(s).

As a Respite Counselor I supervised clients who are developmentally disabled; toddler age up through eighteen. Some of them were non-verbal, and also had trouble with communication overall. So it was imperative that they be spoken to more slowly with pronounced accentuation of each syllable for every word. In such cases, I took the time to enunciate vowels with exaggeration and pronounce consonants with conscientious deliberation of articulation.
Many of the clients who I helped spoke in a slurred manner by which words ran into each other without pause. I approached this by emphasizing the rhythm of words, pausing and exaggerate the accents of syllables. This approach clarifies timing and space between words.

I had a few very young children, as an after-school Art Teacher, who were just learning to carry out conversations and were in the process of learning the value(s) of communication. They needed to learn that though they understood what they were trying to say, they needed to speak more slowly and clearly so who they were talking to could also understand them. I was often called, "Miss BefF" rather than "Miss Beth". This is just one example of the need to make differentiation between sounds by sounding out words slowly and clearly for them in accompaniment to demonstrating actual movement of my lips and tongue.

In addition, I empathize with individuals who have difficulty speaking and expressing themselves. I respect that this can be for mental, physical and/or emotional reasons. Because they don't generally talk much, they lack practice in speaking. With patient and understanding, I am able to provide an atmosphere of comfort and trust. I do not push them but rather allow them the time they need to open up. They get to a point when they actually begin to initiate conversation.
I’ve often been able to reach youngsters who others have had difficulty reaching.

My Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, along with PA state and Federal background check clearances, were verified and are up to date.

Study Skills

Prior to writing my MA thesis, I took on an intern and had her accompany me to a site where I was employed. I helped her improve her study skills by way of keen observation for purpose of recording significant notes, how to take notes most efficiently and how to organize them for her written summary of the experience. She then became able to identify the value(s) of the work we were engaged in. This involved writing case studies; when to be concise with wording and when it's appropriate to expand writing with specifics and details.

As a tutor privately, I have primarily assisted preteens with developing styles of writing, art projects and social studies. I've had the opportunity to apply my culturally diverse background to helping them learn the differences between expository, narrative and persuasive styles of writing through identification of traditions, origin and characteristics unto various cultures. My guidance in writing has also entailed establishing essential components and designing the structure for writing an essay or report. Designing an artistic cover for their assignments helps them to enhance the values of what is learned. It also declares one’s efforts.
Reading comprehension tends to be an issue with many students of this age group. Establishing the essence of what was read and making differentiation between primary and secondary information specifically. E.g., a dramatic part of a story is not necessarily the essence of a story.
Another common study skill that arises for these youngsters is developing writing skills; applying their knowledge of spelling, vocabulary and parts of speech into cohesive and comprehensive sentences and paragraphs. I've often needed to stress the importance of considering the reader of what one writes. Role-playing proves to be very beneficial approach to this; trade-off as reader and author. Reading aloud also helps to clarify what may need be re-written.

As an After-school Teacher for six years, with students 3 - 12, it was my responsibility to assist with homework in all of their subjects : reading, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, phonics, math, science, and social studies. Many had trouble concentrating because they had just had a full day of school. I encouraged them to accomplish one thing at a time. I also helped them prioritize their studies.
I continually needed to remind a few children not rush and tell them that faster isn't better and by taking their time, their work is clearer. I cared for them to feel proud and confident in what they were doing.
The subject that I have the most experience in tutoring is writing, whether it be legibility, spelling or sentence formation. Often I help little children sound out words and assist youngsters five through twelve learn "parts of speech". Many need learning what they are and their correct placement within sentences. By understanding what each one is by use of comparative examples of what they misunderstood, sometimes accompanied by pictorial images, they tend to guess less often. I suggest to students that they will remember better if they actually know rather than guess. Furthermore, I take the time for children to figure out as much as they can for themselves. I propose questions to them in order for them to do so.
When difficulty with math came up, it proves to be helpful to them to remind them of the examples in their books. Right there in black and white is their proof and explanation. Though I am capable of guiding them step-by-step through a problem, it's important that they learn to take advantage of their own resources. Information is retained better when one takes the time to seek an answer by way of one's own accord. I would help them learn how to best use their references. It is important that youngsters do not become in the habit of inquiring verbally as they already have information available to them. This direction also serves instrumental as preliminary researching.

It is important that students learn early on to be diligent about their work. At times, I've found it necessary to suggest a child refocus so he/she doesn't become frustrated. E.g., when having trouble writing curvy letters, present a more rigid shaped one, then return to the curvy one. E.g., when stuck on particular content of an essay, refer to the previous and following paragraphs. Considering the essay as whole often helps to adjust a problem area and considers fluidity throughout a writing.
I encourage students to ask questions and initiate work as much as possible. In order to achieve a MA degree, I was required to embark upon my own avenues of research which was a worthwhile learning experience unto itself. My Thesis was totally of my own design and I succeeded with all A's and outstanding reviews of my reports, presentations and thesis.

My Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, along with PA state and Federal background check clearances, were verified and are up to date.

Writing

One of my students thanked me with a gift card stating,
"Thank you so much for helping me. I was afraid I wouldn't finish my paper on time. I like writing better now too."

Richard Stockton State College
Sculpture
NIET National Institute of Expressive Therapy
Master's

Education

Richard Stockton State College (Sculpture)

NIET National Institute of Expressive Therapy (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Travel policy

Elizabeth will travel within 25 miles of Albrightsville, PA 18210.