Rollins College, University of Miami (Art)
University of Miami (Other)
Association Montessori International, Miami (Other)
My name is Leo. My Educational background is in the fields of art and general education. I have both a BFA and MFA in Art and a teaching certificate in the Montessori educational philosphy. I have 20 years experience teaching 3-7 year olds. I have also experience working with students up to the sixth grade in all curriculim areas. I have taught art to all levels for almost 35 years. I believe that if a student cannot grasp a concept that is almost never the students fault but is instead related to how the subject is being taught. My experience is worling with elementary students in the fields of math, science, geography and social studies. I have also worked extensively helping young child learn how to read and write. My first passion is art and have been a practicing artist since 1966. I started teaching drawing and painting in college and graduate school in 1970. I believe I cannot only help your student learn but also to enjoy the learning experience.
My name is Leo. My Educational background is in the fields of art and general education. I have both a BFA and MFA in Art and a teaching certificate in the Montessori educational philosphy. I have 20 years experience teaching 3-7 year olds. I have also experience working with students up
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I am an artist and have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. I tried to show my friends in elementary school how to draw. I first studied art in the 1960's at the Museum School in Worcester Ma. I studied art for six years in college and attended many workshops on artistic methods as well as art education.
I started my career teaching art as first year graduate student in 1970. In 1972 I developed methods to integrate art into the Montessori Curriculum. For 30 years I taught students from the ages of 3-12 drawing and painting in the Montessori school environment. As a Montessori teacher I learned extensively about the learning process. I adapted these lessons to my art lessons. I found out what works and with what ages and the order these skills are most easily learned. I tried to apply these lessons to my older students. During this time I also held classes as well as private lessons for older students as well as adults. I also taught art for the Duxbury Art Association.
I personally believe that learning to drawing is the basis of all visual art. Art is one of the few things you cannot do wrong. There are no mistakes or failures, only lessons. You learn from drawing by drawing and evaluating yoiur work. A studnet can improve there abilty to what ever level they are satisfied with and are willing to commit the necessay amount of time to. In addion this process developes the discipline necessary to learn other artistic methods.
I have spent the majority of my adult life in pre-school and elementary education. In 1972, my wife and I received our Montessori AMI degrees and founded a Montessori school in MA. This philosophy focuses on the teaching of phonics as the child is learning to talk. I spent the next 15 years teaching this program to 3-7 year olds.
Although the method is extremely effective I both learned and discovered additional ways to help older children learn phonics. During this time also attended many workshops and took courses on this subject. I also gave classes to parents on how they could reinforce the learning of phonics in the home. In our schools elementary program (6-12 years) I also worked with new children that had never learned phonics to help them with their word attack skills.
My next 15 years were spent mentoring new teachers in this method. I continued to do parent workshops and work individually with students both within and outside of the school.
After 30 years of experience teaching children to read, I not only know the benefits of the phonics approach, but also truly believe it is the best way for most children to learn how to read. In addition, I also worked with special needs children within the Montessori philosophy and witnessed how phonics could be used as part of an approach to help these children learn to read.
My ability to teach phonics comes from 30 years of working with students from 3-12 years old and learning from them to find out what does and doesn't work for students within this age group. It always important to remember that there are no mistakes or failures, only lessons.