Experiential and multimodal learning is essential to my teaching and tutoring practices. My experiences in and out of the classroom have taught me that students will better retain and ultimately relate to material when they have a hand in not only creating it, but also reacting to it, on both personal and social levels. In this respect, my philosophy also embraces the importance of self-evaluation and accountability. It is not enough to say, "I disagree with that opinion;" students must, as engaged learners, strongly utilize the world around them to offer us a reason why.
I am a proponent of the MI curriculum. I enjoy incorporating several sources: visuals, games, videos, music, etc. when I can. I am an active learner. As Howard Gardner writes, "Learning through a variety of unique experiences allows us to better understand ourselves as lifelong learners, and to see how others acquire knowledge and apply their skills." Challenging, engaging, and broadening the worldviews of my students is my ultimate goal, no matter the type of learning environment.
I have 12 years of experience in tutoring high school, college-level, and, most recently, middle school and adult students of diverse backgrounds on all aspects of the writing process, reading comprehension, test prep, and executive functioning skills, including auditory processing. I also have proven abilities in editing and proofreading, evaluative measures, facilitation of peer workshops, and personalizing instructional strategies to meet the needs of my students.
Currently, I am an instructor and academic coach, where I work with students on writing and reading skills, ACT and SAT prep, and executive functioning. My students, who include middle, high school, post-secondary, and adult learners, come to me on a weekly basis, and together we build their essay writing, reading, organization, time management, and visual learning skills.
I was also the Writing Center coordinator for a small public school housing K-12 students in Northern Vermont. Here I was given the freedom to design the center from the ground up, and to advocate for the types of successful learning communities created through writing centers. Ultimately, I was able to carve out a space for students to reflect upon and take risks in their writing, as well as a library of resources on writing and reading comprehension, learning standards, and popular literature.
I have been an E-structor for an online company, providing academic services to a wide range of colleges, universities, and secondary institutions. I have taught at several colleges and universities throughout New England. My responsibilities at each institution have included the instruction of first-year basic writing and composition students. A primary goal in each of my courses was to enable students to utilize technologies to enhance their writing process, while also constructing effective expository essays and research and documentation assignments. This coursework, along with the incorporation of supplemental materials such as visuals, music, and games, allowed my classroom to become a forum for discussions about what it means to be a critical, liberal thinker.
I thoroughly enjoy engaging and challenging my students, and learning and being challenged by them as well. I hope to work with you soon! Experiential and multimodal learning is essential to my teaching and tutoring practices. My experiences in and out of the classroom have taught me that students will better retain and ultimately relate to material when they have a hand in not only creating it, but also reacting to it, on both personal and social levels. In this respect, my
Kellie has really helped our son prepare for the English portion of the SAT/ACT. Although he still wants to get a higher score, he received a very strong score on his first test! She is very aware of what is currently on these tests and does similar practices along with helpful strategies so that the students have the best shot.
Kellie C. was consistently prompt with her responses to me as I sought to locate a tutor. It was easy to set up a first appointment and she was on time and ready to get to work when we arrived. She was extremely well prepared for our session. She did a great job of connecting with our student, assessing where to get started and helping us to make the most of our time with her.
During our meeting, she was positive, encouraging, and gave feedback that was motivating for our student. The information and guidance she provided was helpful and just what was needed. Our student left feeling excited about the material and ready to get to work. We plan to meet with her again.
Kellie is tutoring my daughter in preparation of the ACT test this fall and she has exceeded our expectations! She is approachable, and has a great sense of humor. She has the skill to pinpoint where a student needs help, and the tools to educate and direct from there.
Kellie has only worked with my daughter twice but already she has been such a HUGE help! She is congenial, wise, and thorough. She makes great suggestions and has a wealth of expertise in study habits and skills. She also has a wonderful style that really gets my daughter to buckle down and think. We are so fortunate to have found her!
She has a lot to give and is very knowledgeable about writing good papers and how to start them on your own.
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I have experience preparing students for the ACT, including the Essay. Have created and compiled worksheets on test-taking strategies, essay tips, and improving vocabulary skills.
As I hold a B.A. in English and Communication Studies, I have taken courses in the art of speech, visual and media rhetoric, and, of course, public speaking.
Because of my experiences not only in the classroom but also as a presenter at several writing conferences, I can help you to develop and foster the skills you need to prepare and deliver a successful speech or presentation, whether it be for class, a conference, an awards ceremony, or other speaking engagement. These skills include confidence-building, storyboarding, developing a creative edge, and responding to your audience.
Resources incorporated include Andrew Dlugan's Six Minutes and Toastmasters International, a non-profit educational organization which "helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening, and thinking – vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, [and] foster human understanding.
I have 10+ years of experience in helping learners build or fine-tune their Executive Functioning skills, including time-management, organizational, and study skills.
My techniques include instruction in the Cornell and Two Column system of note-taking, the OK5R and SQ3R Textbook Study Systems, time-management tools (i.e. use of electronic applications, task breakdowns, color-coding, etc.), and critical reading strategies. Each of these strategies is essential in the development of critical thinking skills and in the processing and managing of new information.