Columbia College (Early Childhood Ed)
Columbia College (Master's)
madison university (PhD)
I am an educator with particular expertise in early childhood and elementary education. Understanding the developmental ages and stages of learning has attributed to a better understanding of students and how students learn best. I have extensive classroom experience in teaching preschool, kindergarten, and first grade and am certified by the state of SC to teach PS through 6th grade. I love deciphering how each student learns best and presenting information in a format which best matches their individual learning style! Learning should be fun, engaging, and meaningful!
My B.A. is from Columbia College with an emphasis on early childhood education. My M.Ed. is also from Columbia College in Divergent Learning. When I completed this program, I was asked to adjunct teach in the same program. I left the early childhood classroom to accept a position in the undergraduate school at Columbia College to teach young women who desire to be classroom teachers as well as graduate students working on their M.Ed. across the state. It's fair to say I have taught ages 4-64! I have a particular interest in the teaching of reading and math. I am also asked to consult on students who are displaying at-risk behaviors as well as demonstrating difficulties in the academic arena in school. In graduate school, I taught Psycholinguistics (how language is acquired and what happens in the brain), Learning Styles, Characteristics of the Divergent Learner, Math for the Divergent Learner, Learning Styles, Learning Processes, Mediation/Cooperative Learning, and was a primary reader and second reader of many research theses.
My Ph.D. work in also based in Early Childhood Education. I am also a published author with extensive research, data collection and analysis. I have presented at conferences locally, state-wide, nationally, and internationally. I love working with students who are experiencing difficulties or at-risk in one arena or another. I volunteer as a Guardian ad Litem, Juvenile Arbitrator, and serve on the Board of The Dickerson Children's Advocacy Center for physically and sexually abused children in the Midlands.
So much more, but so little room. I hope you can glean some insight into how I can help your student. I look forward to the opportunity!
I am an educator with particular expertise in early childhood and elementary education. Understanding the developmental ages and stages of learning has attributed to a better understanding of students and how students learn best. I have extensive classroom
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I have specifically taught many children who were diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. I have worked with pediatricians and psychologists as part of a collaborative team to relay feedback to these practitioners regarding the prescribed medication and the effect on the child in the classroom. Most times the initial medication would need to be altered or modified in some way. It's often not a "one time fits all" nor a "one medication fits all" solution. A team based approach is best.
I have taught several children diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome over the years. I have also made my undergraduate students research this topic as it has become more relevant in today's classroom in the last 10 years and will be something new teachers need to know about before getting their own classroom. It's important to know the medical diagnosis as well as the qualifying descriptors for diagnosis. This can often be an "umbrella" diagnosis, therefore, it's important to know exactly what typifiers relate to this syndrome.
I hold a valid and current teaching certificate issued by the State Department of Education of SC. I have a Ph.D. in early childhood education, have taught undergrad and graduate courses in the College of Education. I have taught students from ages 4-64 across our state!
I have taught preschool, kindergarten, and first grade for over 10 years. During these years, it's imperative to know the developmental stages of writing and how each child passes through these stages. For example, a teacher must model the two finger spacing when writing or an emergent writer will never know to start on print on the left, moving to the right, then return sweep to the line which was previously written. Teachers must know when how to accommodate the child who has difficulty in holding a pencil or crayon, and make sure that child is given other opportunities to strengthen the tiny, developing muscles in their hands (such as tearing paper, working with play-doh, using eye-droppers, etc).
I have taught preschool, kindergarten, and first grade for over 10 years. During these years, it's imperative to know the developmental stages of reading (including prereading, symbolic reading, etc.) and how each child passes through these stages before they ever learn to read print in a book. Children also need to know their basic letters and sounds as well as the physical parts and attributes of books and reading. For example, a teacher must model the return sweep when reading or an emergent reader will never know to start on the left and read to the right, then return sweep to line under the line just read.
I played volleyball throughout high school and was awarded a scholarship to play at the college level. After college, I have played on indoors 6-man women's team as well as played outdoor grass and sand tournaments throughout the southeast. I was awarded MVP on my college team two of the three years I played for my school (I graduated in three years). I was also recognized as an All American Scholar Athlete my senior year of college. Combining my teaching skills with athletics enables me to break a skill down to the basics and teach it to the beginner. I now have my own daughter who is playing competitively in high school and on the 1's team of our local club with a goal of also playing in college. It's been a part of our family for over 25 years!