Lauren D.

Elizabethtown, PA


Compassionate, Motivational Elementary Teacher

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Elizabethtown College
Elementary Education


Elizabethtown College (Elementary Education)

About Lauren

My name is Lauren and I am an elementary school teacher! I am a Teach for America alumna who is certified in Elementary Teaching K-6. The past two years, I have taught 24 compassionate and determined kindergarten students! Together, we have made over one year's worth of reading growth in our short 10 months together! My awareness of every child's distinct learning level, deliberate instruction, and continual encouragement are all key components that I use to help each child succeed! Previous to kindergarten teaching, I was a teaching paraprofessional for two years in an elementary special education class for children with multiple disabilities. I have had successful experience working with typically developing children, as well as children who have a range of disabilities, including children who are non-verbal!

My goal is to not only educate, but inspire the students who I work with to have a love for learning and the confidence to know that they are successful learners! I am an encouraging and motivational teacher who loves to get to know my students for who they are as people! I am also goal and growth oriented and strive to differentiate my teaching to every learner so that each one will succeed. In recommendation letters, principals and supervisors have described me as "visionary in the field of teaching," someone who "champions for the at-risk learner," and who has an "unwavering commitment to improving student learning outcomes." I have a passion for teaching and helping learners succeed!

I am an elementary teacher who has seen outstanding growth (over one year's worth) from my class of at-risk students! I provide targeted instruction to every student and have written and received grants that have provided me with rich online learning tools to help advance learning! I know that reading is comprised of not only decoding and sight word knowledge, but also comprehension and understanding of the book and how it relates to other books, characters, and students' lives! I provide opportunities for my students to write based on their understanding of what they read. I also provide creative opportunities for my students to write as well to exercise critical thinking in many different ways! I have created writing goals for my group of students and have students self-evaluate their own writing so they are self-aware of how they write and their next steps for improving their own writing!

I have taught the elementary Common Core curriculum for the past two years and have created all of my lesson plans according to this set of standards! I understand the depth that Common Core goes into and have provided targeted instruction to my student so they can fully master each of these standards!

I have had 8 years of professional experiences in a range of elementary classrooms! (4 years in college and 4 years out of college) I have taught kindergarten for the past two years, taught special education for two years prior as a paraprofessional for grades K-4. In college, I had student teaching internships in grades pre-k, kindergarten, 2, 4, 5, and 6.

Phonics and phonemic awareness is key to building the foundational skills needed for reading! In my classroom, I assess and provide targeted instruction to each learning need by using differentiated instruction during guided reading. I am acutely aware of the areas of strength and need in each of my students and provide research-based interventions and specific games to grow my students in this area!

I am a passionate and encouraging teacher with a love for my profession! I am deliberate in my teaching, and have a growth-mindset that motivates my students! In addition, I have excellent references including both of my principals and my Teach for America regional manager! I hope to have the opportunity to speak with you regarding opportunities for tutoring!
My name is Lauren and I am an elementary school teacher! I am a Teach for America alumna who is certified in Elementary Teaching K-6. The past two years, I have taught 24 compassionate and determined kindergarten students! Together, we have made over one year's worth of Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Elizabethtown, PA 17022
In-person lessons
Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
Common Core
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Elementary (K-6th),

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Common Core

For the past two years, I have taught the Common Core curriculum to my students! I use these set of standards in each of my lessons to help my students grow. I understand and know first-hand that this set of standards requires an in-depth, all-inclusive understanding for the child to have mastered each standard. Common Core has "upped" the rigor for learning in many states and as a result, the rigor in my teaching has adjusted to deliberately reach the depth in understanding that Common Core requires. My students have successfully made growth in state testing the past year! This shows my commitment to my students meeting the rigor of the Common Core!

Elementary (K-6th)

I majored in elementary education in college and earned my PA and NC state teaching licences. I successfully passed the PRAXIS exams. I have successfully taught kindergarten. On an mClass Reading 3D state reading assessment in NC, my students made over one year's worth of growth in reading. I have worked in internships and/or professionally in grades pre-k, Kindergarten 2, 4, 5, and 6. I am highly recommended by my principals and Teach for America manager. I am qualified to teach/tutor Elementary grades.


I am a kindergarten teacher and I teach phonics in my classroom every day! I use research-based interventions with students such games from Florida Center for Reading Research and Intervention Central in my classroom to help kids in the area of phonics. We focus on letter recognition and letter sounds so that students can begin to decode words in their reading so they can be successful readers! We look for patterns in words, high frequency words, and other recurring structures in words to help us read better!

Elizabethtown College
Elementary Education


Elizabethtown College (Elementary Education)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Lauren will travel within 20 miles of Elizabethtown, PA 17022.