Penn State (Elementary Education)
University of Pittsburgh (MEd)
I have been teaching students, student teachers, and teachers as well as tutoring students in reading and writing for over 30 years. As a teacher I am trained in elementary education from Kindergarten through grade 6. I am also a trained Reading Recovery teacher through the program initiated in the US by Fontaus and Pinnell. I have been a literacy leader at the state and local levels and am now a teacher trainer and literacy facilitator for teachers throughout the state.
I truly love working with students and helping them develop the important skills and strategies they need to become successful readers, writers, and thinkers.
I have provided training to educators using the Common Core to plan instruction and differentiate instruction to support all learners.
I have received awards on the state and local levels in exceeding expectations in literacy growth and development. I meet each student at their level and provide the important skills and strategies needed for success.
As a trained literacy leader I deeply understand the important elements of reading beginning with phonemic awareness, where sounds are introduced and moving onto phonics where the sounds are matched to the letters. As students read, they use the letters and their sounds to successfully decode while matching this to the three cuing system.
I look forward to meeting and supporting new students as we work together to develop the necessary skills and strategies needed for success. Each student is unique and each tutoring session is based on the specific needs of the individual. Please feel free to contact me to begin our successful collaboration. I have been teaching students, student teachers, and teachers as well as tutoring students in reading and writing for over 30 years. As a teacher I am trained in elementary education from Kindergarten through grade 6. I am also a trained Reading Recovery teacher through the program initiated in the US by Fontaus and Pinnell. I have been a literacy
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I use the Common Core standards to plan instruction. I have also presented workshops and seminars for teachers to help them understand how to use the Common Core to plan and differentiate their instruction using grade level standards.
I have been a teacher in elementary education for over 30 years. I have a BS degree from Penn State University in Elementary Education for Kindergarten through grade 6. I have a Masters degree in Curriculum and Supervision. I have taught all academic subjects in grades K - 6.
I have trained student teachers in all academic subjects as well for a period of six years while they attended Penn State. I have tutored students for over 10 years from various elementary schools.
As a literacy leader on the state and local levels I am well aware of the 5 essential elements of reading, which include phonetic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Phonics instruction allows students to see how words work. It is the important instruction that helps students develop the skills and strategies needed to read successfully. With beginning readers knowing to look at the beginning letter to produce that specific sound will help the child use the picture cues and then the beginning sound. So, if the picture was a bunny or a rabbit, seeing the letter ^r" sound the child would know the word was rabbit. As this student progresses taking words apart to distinguish onset and rime is also part of word study, looking for parts of words that the student knows (chunking) also helps readers. Knowing how words work through instruction in phonics supports readers of all levels!
As an instructor in the Penn State school of Education, I developed and taught a course in Praxis Preparation. My outcomes were successful as my students passed the various tests needed to become educators. I also tutored others in the Praxis who were successful. In fact, one student with a learning disability tried 3 times and couldn't pass, but after our sessions she was successful!