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Carolyn M.

Leander, TX

$40/hour

Learning Challenges in Reading, Writing, Handwriting

In-person lessons
5.0 average from 18 ratings
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— Mary, Cedar Park, TX on 9/21/15

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Liberty University
SPED Interdiscp Stud

Education

Liberty University (SPED Interdiscp Stud)

About Carolyn

I am passionate about helping students with learning differences, those that are triggered by mild disabilities, and those of intellectually gifted children. I have enjoyed teaching a diverse group of children, including those with ADHD, autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, non-compliant behavior, learning disabilities, and others. These experiences have helped me blossom into a well-rounded and compassionate individual who takes each student’s unique abilities, goals, and interests into account to create effective lessons and activities to accommodate them.

As a mature teacher, I have knowledge of how to measure and plan for the skills and interests of individual children within the context of an essential curriculum. Courses and professional development classes I have completed include: Instructional Practice for Math and Reading Teachers, Classroom Management, Psychology of the Exceptional Child, Learning and Behavior Problems, Instructional Adaptation for Students with Special Needs, Gifted Education and others. These studies developed my understanding of student diversity and provided me with comprehensive knowledge over a wide spectrum of behaviors and abilities. A focus on the social, physical, and emotional development of children provide me with a clear understanding of how they develop and key learning areas.


I am very patient and consistent in how I provide reading instruction, and my students are as consistent in their improvement. It doesn't take long for my students to know how much I love what I am doing, and that my love for children is unconditional, and always growing. I begin by assessing the current level of each of my students, and build specific and individual tools and resources from this point.

I use a curriculum called "Handwriting Without Tears" which is known for its success. My belief is that the learning of a skill like handwriting should not be the source of frustration. I will work endlessly to build a child's confidence and ability, because these are essential in the learning arena.

After teaching computer classes to multiple classes and students, and working as an Inclusion English Language Arts teacher, I have discovered and built up a high number of resources that address needs of students as young as 4 and on into the teenage years. We live in a very technological world, and children know a lot about computers, tablets, smart phones, etc., however, their skills don't always match their awareness and knowledge. I am adept at bringing a child's skill level up to match and exceed this awareness.

While working with a number of students with special needs over a period of 3 years, I completed a bachelor's degree in special education with interdisciplinary studies. I worked and studied full time, and graduated Magna Cum Laude, and my passion for children and youth continued to grow. I have continued my career as a middle school special education teacher, and work to meet the needs of children with different types of academic challenges each and every day. I have access to a significant amount of resources that I know will make a difference in their lives.

Please contact me, set up an interview so that we can discuss your needs, and let's discuss how I can help your child(ren) grow intellectually, emotionally and socially. When you contact me, I will answer your questions, and then we will build a schedule that works for you.
I am passionate about helping students with learning differences, those that are triggered by mild disabilities, and those of intellectually gifted children. I have enjoyed teaching a diverse group of children, including those with ADHD, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Leander, TX 78641
In-person lessons

"Patient"

- Mary, Cedar Park, TX on 9/21/15
English:
Bible Studies,
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Handwriting,
Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

My interest in ADHD began when my youngest son was diagnosed with this learning challenge several years ago. As a parent, I did some research and tried a number of different techniques (not including prescription medication) to address the behaviors associated with my son's ADHD. In addition to my personal experiences; I made the decision, as a mature adult, to return to school and study ADHD and other learning challenges. In less than 2 years, I completed a BS in Special Education Interdisciplinary Studies. Through my studies and my work as an inclusion and resource center teacher, I learned more about how to decrease or manage ADHD behaviors, and develop the academic areas of reading, writing, and arithmetic in students who struggle with ADHD.

Aspergers

I have worked with special needs students for 3 years, and I have a bachelor's in special education. I have found success in working with students challenged by Asperger's Syndrome using social stories, cartoon strips, and other visual techniques to guide them in their social development. These techniques have also been helpful in improving their essential academic skills. My calm demeanor is comforting to students challenged by Asperger's Syndrome also. I look forward to making a difference in the lives of both students and their families that live with this challenge.

Autism

My credentials include a BS in Special Education Interdisciplinary Studies; 3 years working as an Inclusion Instructional Assistant; and 2 years working in a learning center with students encountering learning challenges. I have found success in working with students on the autism spectrum through the use of social stories, cartoon strips, and other visual techniques to guide them in their social development. In addition, social stories and cartoon strips are helpful in developing both expressive and responsive language skills, and in development of essential academic skills.

Bible Studies

My credentials include a BS in Special Education Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University, a large Christian university. My degree plan required several bible courses for completion; these courses included Contemporary Worldviews; Survey of Biblical Literature; and Introduction to Christian Thought. In addition to this coursework, I have served for 10+ years as a youth discipleship leader; 6 years as an AWANA leader (with 5th-6th grade girls); and 2 years as a biblical mentor for young women. The private school I've worked in for the last 3 years is also a Christian school, and I was responsible for guiding students in a biblical, godly manner.

Cooking

My greatest desire after graduating high school was to be married and have children. My passion for knowledge and higher education came later. I have been married nearly 20 years, and have reared 4 children. My children are now between the ages of 17 and 26, and I have 3 grandchildren. I have learned a lot about running a kitchen over the years, and I know that I would be beneficial in helping others to develop their cooking skills as well. I look forward to many opportunities to tutor both children and adults in this area.

Dyslexia

My credentials include a BS in Special Education Interdisciplinary Studies; 3 years working as an Inclusion Instructional Assistant; and 2 years working in a learning center with students encountering learning challenges. I have found success in working with students challenged by challenged by a number of different learning challenges, including dyslexia. Under my guidance, these students have progressed both socially and academically.

Elementary Math

My qualifications include a BS in Special Education Interdisciplinary Studies, and 3 years in a private school as an inclusion aide, and learning center assistant.

Handwriting

My credentials include a BS in Special Education Interdisciplinary Studies; 3 years working as an Inclusion Instructional Assistant; and 2 years working in a learning center with students encountering learning challenges. The curriculum I have had the most success with is "Handwriting Without Tears". I have also learned various techniques for helping students with pencil grip challenges due to low muscle tone in their fingers and hands.

Hard Of Hearing

I have the personal experience of growing up with a parent who has been hard of hearing all of my life. My father's hearing was damaged during WWII due to gunfire and shells, and it has declined ever since. My siblings and I learned a lot about how to communicate with a hard of hearing person due to his hearing loss. After rearing my 4 children, I returned to school as a mature adult, and completed a BS in Special Education Interdisciplinary Studies. I am now qualified, both personally and professionally, to work with children that many different learning challenges, including those that are hard of hearing. I look forward to many opportunities to make a difference in their lives.

Microsoft Windows

I have been utilizing Microsoft Windows in both personal and professional arenas for many years. I am familiar with how to manipulate documents, pictures, and music. Additionally, I am able to guide students in the use of the control panel, how to connect to the internet, add & troubleshoot printers and other devices, scan documents & pictures, and many other skills. Students of any age could benefit from my experience and expertise.

Phonics

Over the last 3 years, I have worked as an Inclusion Instructional Assistant; a Resource Teacher in a Learning Center, and as a Co-Teacher for Content Mastery with students encountering learning challenges. I have used a number of different techniques for teaching phonics successfully which is necessary because children have different learning styles and skill sets. The majority of the techniques I use are very kinesthetic in nature, and I work towards other techniques that are visual and audial. My students have found success in these techniques, and I look forward to helping many more students throughout my career as a tutor and a teacher.

Special Needs

My credentials include a BS in Special Education Interdisciplinary Studies; I graduated with the honor of Magna Cum Laude. I worked in a private school for the last three years as an inclusion instructional assistant; a learning center assistant; and a co-teacher for students with special needs. Specifically, I have worked with students challenged by autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and juvenile diabetes.

Liberty University
SPED Interdiscp Stud

Education

Liberty University (SPED Interdiscp Stud)

Patient — Carolyn thank you for making my fraction math lesson simple and easy. I hope to continue to learn new ways of making math one of my better subjects. Most of all thank you for asking me if I am having any kind of math issues. ...

— Mary, Cedar Park, TX on 9/21/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Carolyn will travel within 15 miles of Leander, TX 78641.