Grove City College (Sociology)
I am a mom of four children ages 16 - 25. I have extensive experience designing and implementing educational and child development programs. My experience began with 11 years of schooling my own children at home, continued with in-home child care for children who experienced trauma, and finally, I became the executive director of a youth development program for at-risk youth. In all the positions mentioned, I designed curriculum which was tailored to meet the needs of the children. I am energized by the process of needs assessment and problem resolution.
In my mind, if the students are sitting and listening while I move and talk, I am failing. I love creative, hands-on lessons, incorporating the outdoors and creating a safe space for all learning styles. I enjoy messy, noisy lessons as well as quiet lessons which allow children to discover on their own or with gentle leading. I incorporate the reading of good books into all subjects. I don't rely on textbooks but turn to real books in order to engage children with quality reading material. My style of teaching is holistic, recognizing that education should teach children how to think and learn, not how to conform and memorize.
I love to read and write so teaching English is a means to a greater end, that of creating great readers and writers. I also understand that everyone in every field of study benefits from developing clear communication and comprehension skills. I have collected a variety of materials for teaching English to reach children with differing degrees of interest and a variety of learning styles.
I designed the elementary curriculum for my own children, researching and selecting a wide variety of educational resources. I also designed and implemented the curriculum for an after school program. There were a high percentage of children with learning and behavior issue, making it vital to create engaging materials.
As a home educator I taught my own children how to read. I also provided pre-reading support to non-readers in an after school program through one-on-one tutoring, reading aloud to them and with them, and using various phonics-based materials.
Please contact me and tell me about yourself. When I know your particular areas or interest, strengths, weaknesses, personality, etc. in regards to schoolwork and life in general, I can design lessons and supports which will meet your needs and spark your interest. Together we can determine what works best and make any necessary changes along the way. My work style is fluid. I am always evaluating and improving what I do. Let me know what you need and we can design a tutoring plan that works for you. I am a mom of four children ages 16 - 25. I have extensive experience designing and implementing educational and child development programs. My experience began with 11 years of schooling my own children at home, continued with in-home child care for children who experienced trauma, and finally, I became the executive director of a youth
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