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Indiana University of Pennsylvania (elementary education)
UT of Dallas (Master's)
University of North Texas (PhD)
Having earned my doctorate in reading education in 2007, I have a very strong foundation in what works in literacy. Three of my specialties as I pursued my doctorate were reading in the content areas, literacy for at risk populations, and emergent literacy; I have also taught speed reading and study skills for the Reading Game (now Sylvan Learning Centers), as well as SAT preparation. Formerly certified as a New Jersey Writing Trainer and trained in the Six Traits, I have extensive training in the teaching of writing. My minor for my undergraduate degree was science.
An elementary teacher for many years and later a reading demonstration teacher, I love working with students of all ages, but my skills would best target students in grades 1 through 10.
I would utilize the interests of the student in my lessons, using online resources if available and appropriate, as well as traditional paper, pencil and high interest books or textbooks.
Though I have a 24 hour cancellation policy, I'm more than willing to offer make up sessions.
Periodic assessments and feedback to the parent or guardian will be made available.
I look forward to working with you and partnering with you for success in reaching your goals. Having earned my doctorate in reading education in 2007, I have a very strong foundation in what works in literacy. Three of my specialties as I pursued my doctorate were reading in the content areas, literacy for at risk populations, and emergent literacy; I have also taught speed reading
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I received a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education in 1972, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and taught for over 15 years in public schools in Cochranton, Pennsylvania and Dallas, Texas at grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
I have tutored students struggling in reading and for improvement on test scores.
Having taught elementary school for several years, I also taught penmanship for both manuscript and cursive.
I also worked briefly for Zaner Bloser, a publishing company known for its writing curriculum, so I have both paper and online resources.
An area of concentration for my Ph.D was in emergent literacy, where I learned many best practices for beginning readers, including how to teach the skills of phonemic awareness, phonics and decoding.
Also as a trainer for the Texas Reading Academies for grades K, 1, and 2, I facilitated the training of the six phonics rules and various strategies and games for teaching them.
Having worked alongside campuses involved in Reading First and RTI, I am also very familiar with assessment of and teaching practices for phonics instruction.
I taught speed reading and study skills for several years, with training from the Reading Game - now called Sylvan Learning Centers, in Dallas, TX.
I later offered classes for speed reading and study skills for Fun Ed, a local company that offered interesting and "fun" learning opportunities.