University of Central Arkansas (Elementary Education)
University of Central Arkansas (MEd)
University of North Texas (Enrolled)
My love for teaching has grown greater of the past 16 years as I continue to educate elementary students, college students, as well as other teachers. Currently, as a literacy instructional specialist my expertise is devoted to coaching teachers and modeling meaningful lessons, providing professional learning, and pulling small group reading instruction. In a personal quest to learn more about what bests works in educating learners, I am actively pursuing my Ph.D. at the University of North Texas in Language and Literacy Studies. One thing I know for sure now about educating students is that is requires a teacher who is knowledgeable in their content area as well as one who can bring engagement, passion, and meaning to every lesson! I always push myself to ensure high academic success with all of my students. This student-centered environment breeds accomplishment and a love for learning for my students.
My Master's in reading education has afforded me expertise in time-honored and classroom-proven research with skills such as phonics acquisition, vocabulary growth, and effective comprehension strategies.
I am a certified and experienced educator for over 16 years! I have been trained by some of the most knowledgeable Language Arts and Curriculum Specialists in local districts such as LISD. I've successfully implemented effective instructional practices gained through extensive training centered around evidence-based research by literacy experts Fountas and Pinnell. In addition to local professional development, I was selected to participate in a year-long professional development in the areas of implementing state standards, leadership skills, literacy and math acquisition, and education policies at the University of Texas at Austin.
I have successfully taught grades 1-5 in which phonics skills is introduced and expanded upon. Explicit letter recognition, decoding exercises, and blending of phonograms, clusters, and vowel patterns was implemented to improve phonic skills.
I am looking forward to hearing from you! Our great partnership and working relationship will prove fruitful to your successful academic endeavors! I am currently available daily after 4p.m. and 9-1 on Saturdays. My schedule will be open from 9-5 during the summer months as well as weekends. My love for teaching has grown greater of the past 16 years as I continue to educate elementary students, college students, as well as other teachers. Currently, as a literacy instructional specialist my expertise is devoted to coaching teachers and modeling meaningful lessons, providing professional learning, and pulling small group reading
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I am qualified to tutor Elementary k-6th because I hold a current Texas Educator license from the State Board of Education. I have been a classroom teacher for 7 years and specialist for an additional 8. I have experience in grades 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th at the elementary level. I was also nominated as Teacher of the Year in 2007 and highly respected as an expert teacher among my peers.
As a primary grade teacher I have had ample experience with having students analyze, learn, and excel at letter and sound acquisition and word parts such as prefixes, suffixes, and root words to derive draw conclusions about unfamiliar words. I utilize lessons from Donald Bear's Words their Way program that focuses on word sorts, spelling patterns, and making word activities.
As a reading adjunct professor and elementary classroom teacher I've taught my students how to use study skills such as Cornell notes and simplified note-taking skills to prepare for tests. My students learned how to read for the gist of important details. They were successful at highlighting, circling, and other ways of annotations for later personal study.