Pam L.

Wakefield, RI


I love to teach, and have others love to learn!

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/10/14
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Salve Regina University
Regular, Special Ed.
Rhode Island College
University of RI, Providence College and Salem State University


Salve Regina University (Regular, Special Ed.)

Rhode Island College (MEd)

University of RI, Providence College and Salem State University (Master's)

About Pam

Hi, My name is Pam and I know all individuals can learn and accomplish great things, provided they are given the right tools, strategies and encouragement. I will provide the skills and strategies for your child to become an independent learner/worker in the areas of reading, writing, math, organizational skills and daily living skills. I will provide all of these as well as enthusiasm, innovative methods and just plain fun to motivate your child to do his or her best. I am certified in special education and regular education by the Rhode Island Department of Education and have a Highly Qualified Endorsement. For more than 20 years, I had the great pleasure of teaching students in grades PreK - 8 in inclusive settings. During those years I also tutored students in grades K - 12+ during vacations.

I provide customized and specialized instruction in reading, writing, math, homework assistance, foreign language (Spanish/Espanol) organizational skills (executive functioning), test preparation and daily living skills. I believe in student centered learning, integration and that students can learn in many different ways from each other. I have specialized training in language arts (reading, writing) and math. I am Orton-Gillingham, Wilson, Fundations, and Stevenson trained/certified. I am also trained in Hands On Equations: Making Algebra Easy, College Planning Forum, as well as numerous assessments. I have worked extensively with behavior specialists and am trained to work with emotionally and behaviorally challenged individuals. I am passionate in my desire to help individuals reach their goals.

I try to be flexible with time. While I do have a 24-hour cancellation policy, I offer makeup sessions.

I will provide service at your residence or a mutually agreed upon site.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you/your child achieve your goal.
Hi, My name is Pam and I know all individuals can learn and accomplish great things, provided they are given the right tools, strategies and encouragement. I will provide the skills and strategies for your child to become an independent learner/worker in the areas of reading, writing, math, organizational skills and daily living skills. I will Read more

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Travels within 30 miles of Wakefield, RI 02879
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"Great Start!"

- Jennifer, Wakefield, RI on 5/15/16

"Pam is wonderful."

- Cr, Newport, RI on 6/11/15
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I am certified in Special Education, trained in IDEA, 504 and RTI (response to intervention) and have more than 20 years of teaching students with ADD, ADHD, those who have behavior disorders and are emotionally disturbed. I provide counseling to parents/advocates, have written many IEP's and 504s.

I do my best to make any suggestions, goals understandable and user friendly. It is not unusual for me to speak with a student, parent/guardian on the phone to help them work through a situation or meet on a weekend to discuss ideas when they feel they are at a crossroad.

Algebra 1

I have been teaching math (Algebra) in the regular class in a co-teach, collaborative classroom and in resource classroom for students when needed for more direct, systematic small group instruction. I use a variety of methods and materials to make Algebra more inviting and fun than the old days of rote memorization. I determine each individual's strengths and needs and strengthen them/remedy them. If you're ready to make Algebra a little easier, let's get started.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I have more than 20 years of teaching experience and am certified in regular and special education, have a Master's Degree in Special Education, as well as Special Education post-graduate work. I was originally trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to work with students with ODD, Autism, Asperger's, to name a few. I attend (and always have) conferences, seminars, workshops and trained with several behavior specialists. I've taught extensively with regular classroom teachers, worked closely with the behavior specialist, social worker, school psychologist and parent to develop a program that will meet the social and academic needs of the ASD child. If needed we'll use PECs (pictures) to assist the child, teachers/parents.


I am trained and certified in several approaches to provide students with strategies to use so they will become stronger readers, enjoy reading and struggle less! I use what works best for my student; this can be the Orton-Gillingham method to Reading, Writing & Spelling, the Wilson Reading System, Fundations, Telian Learning Concepts (TLC), Stevenson Reading Approach, to name a few. With all these approaches students learn phonics, rules and spelling. Sometimes a student may find it beneficial to have these approaches combined, depending on their learning style. What works for them, works for me! :)

These are multi-sensory approaches. This means they use all the senses while learning! Sometimes we write letters in the air or may use music/rhythm to help them with learning rhyme, reading. The list goes on!

Elementary (K-6th)

I hold an Elementary Education Teacher Certification, Grades 1-6 (Life Professional) and also have Highly Qualified Endorsement from the state of Rhode Island.

I am dually certified (regular and special ed.) and have been fortunate to co-teach in regular classroom settings reading, writing, math, social studies and science. This allowed me to use and share specialized strategies, different techniques with the regular classroom teacher). We all (teacher & students) found this beneficial, as not everyone learns the same way! Plus, everyone is equal!

Elementary Math

As a regular and special ed. certified teacher who has taught math both in the regular class and when needed in the resource room for small group intensive instruction I am very successful in helping students understand more difficult problems/concepts. Together we break the problems down into smaller, more understandable steps and work to a solution. I believe in using their personal learning style. When a student starts with me, I always ask them to complete a short learning style inventory so I can best meet their needs. Please text or email... I hope to hear from you!

Elementary Science

I am certified in regular and special education, and have co-taught in regular science classrooms. When needed the regular teacher and I break the class into small groups for more direct, individualized instruction. One of my jobs is to make the vocabulary more meaningful to them. A great deal of the science (at any level) is hands on. This makes it more exciting and easier for the students to remember. Most of science is related to the world around them. It's always so much fun to see the excitement on their faces when they finish an experiment or discover/realize something on their own. Teaching doesn't get any better than that!


As an undergraduate and then a graduate student I was expected to be competent in the effective use of the English language. As a parent and a teacher it is my hope to raise and teach youngsters who develop effective work habits, become competent in reading, writing, speaking and listening and eventually grow into independent, respectable adults. A great deal of my coursework lends itself to the instruction of the English language at various grade levels. The Orton-Gillingham and English Language Arts Class modeled after J. Bellafiore provided me with even greater knowledge of rules of the English language and word roots based in Latin. Students learn the rules of the English language and effective ways to summarize their work in the most logical way.


I firmly believe that with a students' understanding of grammar and writing, their written work will continue to improve and help them reach their full potential. To aid students' learning, I often work with them on sentence structure and grammar concepts. After they gain understanding of one concept, another skill/concept is added. A visual activity I have often used in the regular classroom with colleagues is sentence diagrams. The students use diagrams (written on paper, or in small groups using sentence strips) to see the sentence elements - grammar, compound/complex sentences. They have fun working in small groups and take pride in their accomplishments.


I work with students, regular classroom teachers, occupational therapists and parents to guide students in becoming independent when printing or using cursive. When I began teaching I was trained with the D'Nealian Handwriting program. This program is makes it easy for some students to transition from manuscript to cursive because of the stroke. Since I started teaching I have been trained in many handwriting programs, such as Zane Bloser, Loops and Other Groups, and Handwriting Without Tears. I work closely with the classroom teacher and occupational therapist to choose what works best for certain age groups and children when needed.


I first became interested in literature when my mother gave me the book The Canterbury Tales when I was in middle school and then in eighth grade our class had to read Don Quijote in Spanish. Of course that was topped with reading Romeo and Juliet in high school. It took a little work with our tenth grade teacher, but he was the best and helped us work through it. This teacher helped us develop an appreciation for great literature and drama. This appreciation continued in college when I took several classes on How to Teach Great Literature in the Classroom! This applied to comprehension at several grade levels. Since that time I continue to read literature from the Renaissance period, text in Middle English, poetry, etc. I have a collection of these in my six book cases (with many other trade books) from the library book sales I go to in order to get the best buys for my students! I know I have several copies of The Scarlett Letter and many others.


A great deal of my reading and writing training in education is "specialized". Much of the instruction I use with students uses a multi-sensory approach to phonics, reading, writing and math. Some of the phonics based programs I have used successfully with students are: the Orton-Gillingham method to reading, writing and spelling, the Wilson Reading System, Fundations, Telian Learning Concepts, Explode the Code, to name a few. These programs are engaging and use mnemonics to help students remember important information when needed.


I have been teaching math (Pre-Algebra) in the regular class in a co-teach, collaborative classroom and in resource classroom for students when needed for more direct, systematic small group instruction. I use a variety of methods and materials (scales, tiles, etc.) to make this easier to understand, less intimidating and add some fun. It does not require the rote memorization of previous programs. I determine each individual's strengths and needs, work with the strengths and remedy any needs. So, let's make this easy! Call , text or email. Let's get going! :)


I have instructed students in grades kindergarten - high school (and a few beyond). I have helped them develop writing skills in several formats (business letters, essays, final reports, etc.). Throughout the writing process students are taught several proofreading strategies that focus on conventional correctness. During this the students learn to look at issues such as spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, etc. and are given several tools to assist them. Often colleagues and friends call me to edit, proofread and/or help them revise their work. I have high expectations for my teaching, my students and myself.


My degrees are in regular education and special education. I am trained in a variety of reading approaches and assessments, including Fountas & Pinnell, Seven Keys to Comprehension by Zimmerman & Hutchins, Reading A-Z, 6 Minute Solution; A Reading Fluency Program as well as Great Leaps to name a few. Over the years I've taught (and still do) a wide variety of students who've struggled with reading. These students learn many strategies and tools to overcome and become independent readers. I also tutor several students before and after school, supporting them as needed in specific content areas (reading being one of them). We often email or text upcoming weekly plans, and I am always willing to provide additional support materials if needed. I use an approach that works best for each individual, as well as trade books that interest them.

Social Studies

When pursuing my undergraduate degree, I had a choice of Science or Social Studies; I chose both! I felt it was important to learn more about both content areas and that I could take this greater, deeper knowledge into the classroom. With that in mind, I attended several classes in Social Studies at Salve as well as several other colleges beyond my master's degree. Students learn about history, geography, government, people and so much more. I've taught Social Studies in the regular classroom, resource room when needed for small group instruction and in tutorial sessions.


I became interested in learning Spanish when I was entering the eighth grade, summer ended and my new friend was from Madrid! The next best thing was...for the first time ever my school was offering Spanish... in grade 8!!! I loved it so much (earned a grade of A) that I decided to take four years of Spanish in high school and two more in college. To finish the story about my middle school friend, we became pen-pals. Stories don't get much better than this!

Special Needs

I am certified by the Rhode Island Dept. of Ed. (RIDE) as an Early Childhood Special Educator (Life; Professional; Highly Qualified) and am also certified as an Elementary/Middle Special Education Teacher, Grades K-8 (Life; Professional; Highly Qualified).

I have spent my entire career teaching young children, adolescents and even young adults in the Special Education field. When asked why I teach Special Education, the answer is easy...this is what I was meant to do, I love to do and find joy in. When I see a student smile after they finally write their name or complete a math paper, I feel great, too!


I am trained to teach spelling using several methods (Orton-Gillingham, Fundations, Words Their Way, Wordly Wise, Cast-A-Spell, etc.). I have taught several of these in regular classrooms as a whole class and others in the regular class but in small groups with the regular class teacher. Several programs are age/grade specific and many use a multi-sensory approach. I have also used the O-G method for tutoring with older students/adults (this program can be used K-adult). I like to use/choose a program based on what is either already working &/or their learning style. Of course input from others!

Study Skills

As part of my special education certification and training, I've taken (and still do beyond my master's) many classes, attend conferences and workshops to continue to learn new strategies that will provide students with easier or more useful ways to develop study skills that will work for them. Many of the courses and conferences I have attended focus on Executive Functioning. Executive Functioning is a broad category with many characteristics that can affect ability to manage life's tasks, both adults and younger people. I have included a short list below of Executive Functioning abilities; working memory, emotional control, planning organization, self monitoring.


Since I started teaching I have always taught reading. I also support regular classroom teachers through reading in the content areas of science, social studies, health and computer literacy. A critical element to reading is comprehension/understanding the vocabulary. I work with regular students, disabled learners as well as adults to help them increase their vocabulary. My students have not only developed a stronger vocabulary, but their reading comprehension has improved, they have become better writers! For some, this has helped boost their self-esteem by leaps and bounds.


I have used several methods to teach the art of writing, whether sentences, short stories, poems, letters, essays or research papers. I am trained in programs such as The Write Source, Empowering Writers, Accordion Paragraph, as well as Creating Writers; Using the 6 Traits, to name a few.
I can help you or your child develop strong writing habits and become a great author. Call, email or text...I look forward to working with you!

Salve Regina University
Regular, Special Ed.
Rhode Island College
University of RI, Providence College and Salem State University


Salve Regina University (Regular, Special Ed.)

Rhode Island College (MEd)

University of RI, Providence College and Salem State University (Master's)

Great Start!

She helped my son with his math homework. She spent time assessing him using math manipulatives and worksheets as this was their first session together. Great start!

— Jennifer, Wakefield, RI on 5/15/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Pam will travel within 30 miles of Wakefield, RI 02879.