keene State College, Keene, N.H. (Business Management)
Antioch University New England (Graduate Coursework)
I am an experienced educator with over 18 years of experience. Most of my career I was employed as a tutor, teacher, and lastly, principal of a small private school.
In tutoring, there are four essential parts in what I believe is needed to help a student become successful. One, identify the student's interests or what a student likes to do for fun. I use this information and try to incorporate it into some of the lessons to help keep the interest of the student. Two, identify strengths of the student. I believe we need to stress these skills in a lesson to ensure that students who struggle in some areas are good in others. Three, identify challenges or weaknesses. These challenges are probably why most people seek out tutoring. I use students' strengths to help build up their weaknesses as well. Four, develop a comprehensive plan. With the above information I can develop a comprehensive plan to help students succeed in the classroom and future educational settings.
I have a strong background in multi-sensory reading programs to help students who struggle learning how to read. These programs help those who struggle a little and just need a boost to those who have severe learning disabilities in this area such as Dyslexia. Also, I can help students who struggle in understanding English grammar with a multi-sensory approach to that as well. Along with this theme of teaching I can help students who struggle with learning the basic concepts in math and develop a tutoring plan that will help them succeed.
I also enjoy teaching math through Geometry, Civics, and US History.
Communicating effectively with students, parents, and teachers (if necessary) is essential in developing and implementing a quality program. I state this because at times students can become easily confused if different educators are trying to explain concepts in different ways. I am very good at identifying how a student learns and matching my teaching style to the student's learning style. I review each session with the students to see what they learned and need to do during our sessions apart.
I love sports especially basketball and golf. I enjoy strategy board games such as chess and backgammon along with trivia games. I am also learning how to play the Yu Gi Oh card game because my son is highly interested in it.
I am a volunteer coach for our local recreation department, and a USA stroke and turn official for swim meets. I am on the board of directors of a local swim team and I am past branch president of the International Dyslexia Association and a current board member of the South Carolina Branch of the IDA.
I hold a BS in Business Management and 23 credits towards a Master's in Education degree. I am an experienced educator with over 18 years of experience. Most of my career I was employed as a tutor, teacher, and lastly, principal of a small private school.
In tutoring, there are four essential parts in what I believe is needed to help a student become successful. One, identify the student's interests or what a student likes
Mr. A is passionate about teaching. He has reached my son with his style of teaching where no one else has in three years of special education. He genuinely cares that my son becomes successful. My son has been diagnosed with ADD and Michael has so much experience working with these kids that results were immediate. He took the time to conference with all of my son's teachers and develop strategies to motivate him to strive for better grades. He has become excited about school again because his tutor has given him confidence and continues to work with him not only on his academic skills but his self esteem. I consider the return on this investment priceless and one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Mike has been working with our son since last March. We found him as we were frustrated with our son getting no help at school. Our son has come so far, and has so many more "tools" to tackle his phonics problem and continues to improve all the time. The school just kept saying "keep reading with him." Mike knew it wasn't a fluency issue, it was phonics.
He also is able to bring our son into a good mood no matter what his attitude is when I drop him off. We had a couple weeks break before starting our school year this year and our son kept asking when he was going to see him again. As much as he fights help at home, he LOVES tutoring.
So thankful we found Mike!!!!
I work well with students who struggle with ADD/ADHD and help them use it as a strength rather than weakness. I ran a special education private school and tutored, taught, and designed programs for students with ADD and other challenges. I am well in tune with study strategies and accommodations used to help these students succeed. More importantly, I embrace students with learning differences and appreciate their gifts rather than their limitations.
My basketball knowledge comes from being a player for over 30 years, a coach for 6+ years, and an official for 2 years. I still continue to play basketball. I was a successful player in high school playing for the varsity team for two years. I continue to play today because I love the game. My position is point guard. I also coached basketball for over 6 years at all levels. I was a JV coach and Varsity assistant to a state championship team. I coached middle school and elementary school aged kids after this experience. My specialty is defense, shooting, and dribbling.
Dyslexia is a learning disability which is neurological in origin and can manifest itself in many different subject areas specifically with reading and math.
I am very well-qualified to help you if your child has Dyslexia. I am trained in 3 reading programs designed specifically for those with Dyslexia (Orton Gillingham, Project Read, LiPs). I have been working with clients with Dyslexia for over 15 years. I am a board member of the South Carolina Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Students with Dyslexia are typically very intelligent but don't feel that way because of the simple skills they can't do. I can help!
Also, I can advocate for your child in their school. South Carolina recognizes Dyslexia as a medical condition. Because of the language they use I can help you navigate the special education system that currently exists so you can get the services needed.
I am an experienced teacher and tutor for students in the elementary grade levels. My expertise is in teaching students with learning disabilities how to read and learn basic math concepts through multi sensory reading and math programs, but I am not limited to these skills. At the elementary school level, I can teach or tutor most subjects. I taught in a small private school for close to 20 years. I had to teach many different subjects depending on the needs of the students in our school.
Transitioning students well from one grade to another or from one school to another is also important. I can help jump start the year by getting student ahead is some of their weaker subjects or enrich their stronger ones. I teach organization and study skills for those students who need a little more direct instruction in these areas.
I have been teaching and tutoring for almost 20 years. I am trained in two phonics programs designed for students with learning disabilities but I have used them for any student struggling to learn the sound and letter concepts of the English language. The two programs I am trained in are the Orton Gillingham Method(OG) and Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing program (LiPS). I am successful using these programs to help students learn how to read. I am always researching the newest programs to help students in this area as well.
I am an experienced educator who worked in the Special Education field for nearly 18 years. My initial training in the special education field was teaching students with severe to mild language learning disabilities how to read using multisensory programs designed to help these students. One program is the Orton Gillingham Method(OG). This program was designed originally for those students who have Dyslexia but is not limited to this. The other program is Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program(LiPS). This program is designed for students who have a tough time auditorially discriminating letter and sounds as they are read. Both programs are proven very successful in helping student with learning disabilities.
In New Hampshire, I help found the New Hampshire Branch of the International Dyslexia Association with other Special Education professionals and advocates. I was President of the New Hampshire Branch for 4 years. Our organization hosted many conferences on learning disabilities for teachers, parents, and other professionals needing more professional development in this area of need.
Project Read is also another multisensory program that has strands to help students with learning disabilities. The strands I teach are Framing Your Thoughts, Story Form, and Report Form. Framing Your Thoughts is used to teach students grammar, Story Form is used to help students analyze and write stories for comprehension. Report From is a note taking program that helps students take notes from texts and lectures.
My work experience led to other training and experiences. Our school attracted many Aspergers children. I helped develop education plans for these students. We used a team of professionals in our area to develop social and life skills programs for these kids year around. I facilitated workshops with our school psychologist for parents struggling raising children with Aspergers.
I was a principal of a small private school for students with special needs. I was involved in the day to day operations but also assisted in writing and implementing education plans for many of our students. I also trained staff how to teach students with learning disabilities so they could better help their students succeed.
The following is a list of topics I cover when teaching study skills to my clients.
1. Organizational Skills including time management
2. Active reading strategies (Gleaning info from textbooks etc.)
3. Note-taking strategies
4. Test-taking strategies
5. Identifying your strengths
6. Student Advocate skills
7. The Homework battle
When working with my students I address these skills on an individual basis and assist them where they are weak. Understand, students with deficits in these areas improve over time. It takes practice to perfect the above areas and I treat it as another subject.
I perfected some techniques which my previous students find very helpful and can use in their classes immediately. Study skills are important because they will help your child learn for life and most skills are transferable to the workplace when they finish their academic careers.