Temple University (Elementary Education)
Temple University (MEd)
My love of learning and my love of children led me to my long career as a teacher. For many years I taught kindergarten and first grade instilling in my students a belief in themselves. I always set high standards for my students and gave them the tools and encouragement to reach their goals. I never allowed them to say "it's too hard" but instead they learned to say "it's hard, but I'm going to try." Seeing my students succeed and find joy in their accomplishments made me understand on a daily basis why I loved being a teacher.
After many years in the classroom, I was asked to be a teacher leader. This meant that I had the responsibility to help and support the other teachers in my school by modeling lessons, giving feedback on their lessons, building on their strengths and developing plans to improve their classroom instruction. I also supported them in designing lessons and behavioral plans for students having difficulties in the classroom. During this period in my career I also taught small groups of students primarily in reading instruction in grades 3-5.
I have tutored just a few students at my home. It was exciting to me to see their success and the positive change in how they felt about themselves when they could read on grade level and improved in all subject areas.
Because of my love of teaching, I continued to work as a substitute teacher after my retirement. I love the joy I share with a student who "finally gets it" and feels so good about him/herself. That is the satisfaction the student and I will share when in a tutoring situation.
I have taught reading for more than 45 years, taking courses and workshops over the years to update and improve my skills. My last position before retiring was as a Literacy Leader for my school. In this position I worked with all the teachers in the school to improve the literacy programs in their classrooms. I also brought programs into the school such as the 100 Book Challenge and Read to Me which were introduced to enhance the school district standardized curriculum as well as increase the students' love and skills in reading.
Phonics is the basis of reading. Most children who have difficulty in reading lack some basic knowledge of phonics. Knowing the importance of phonics and the phonics skills needed, phonics would be incorporated in all levels of reading instruction.
Having been considered an outstanding elementary school teacher, reading, phonics, spelling and study skills were all part of my everyday curriculum. When great emphasis was placed on standardized testing, study skills and testing skills became a part of almost every lesson. At that time I was a teacher leader and also a testing coordinator in my building. Part of my responsibility was to help the teachers incorporate study skills and testing skills into the curriculum.
I see myself as a dedicated teacher and a person who takes all commitments very seriously. As a tutor I will arrive at your home on time prepared with all materials for your child's lesson. I will give your child the time he/she needs to complete our lessons for a given session even if it means going over the allotted time. In return I expect that the parents have the child ready for his/her tutoring session when I arrive and cooperate with any follow through I recommend such as requesting information from your child's teacher or some daily practice or review.
I also request that there be 24 hour notice for a cancelled session. Should I ever need to cancel a session, I will make every effort to make up the time. My love of learning and my love of children led me to my long career as a teacher. For many years I taught kindergarten and first grade instilling in my students a belief in themselves. I always set high standards
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For over thirty years I have been a kindergarten and first grade teacher. I taught phonics as an important early reading skill and know that a strong knowledge of phonics helps to make a good reader. I have attended numerous professional development sessions and summer workshops pertaining to phonics and other literacy skills. As a Literacy Leader in my school I provided the primary teachers with in-service sessions and modeled lessons in their classrooms.
Good study skills are important in order for a student to be successful. During my thirty plus years in the classroom I helped my students to develop these skills in school and I also helped parents to develop good study skills for their children at home. Some of theses skills involve, for example, how to approach a passage and subsequent questions, looking at bold face headings in a text book before reading, etc,. while others involve the organization of the work environment. I believe that before approaching a task a student needs to have all the tools needed for that task on hand.