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Judy M.

San Antonio, TX

$55/hour

MA and TX Certified with Dyslexia, Spec Ed, and Counseling Expertise

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 3/15/15
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Colorado State University
University of Texas at San An
Master's
University of Texas, San Antonio
Graduate Coursework

Education

Colorado State University

University of Texas at San An (Master's)

University of Texas, San Antonio (Graduate Coursework)

About Judy

A retired teacher who continues to work in the public schools substitute teaching and tutoring youngsters in the evening, I have 32 years of experience to draw on including many years of working with those who have special needs (from ADHD and learning disabilities to autism). I'm considered "highly qualified" in reading and writing instruction, am TX certified in generic special ed, counseling, speech and theatre arts, and have an MA in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Special Education and a BA in Speech and Theatre Arts with a minor in English.

In my 11 years tutoring I've worked with children from kinder through high school both in regular and special education, with or without dyslexia, needing initial or remedial instruction in reading and/or writing, and/or trying to pass the reading or writing SATs. My 21 years of experience full time in the public schools includes K-5 self contained special education and resource reading, writing, and math in both elementary and middle schools. In addition, I did a 5 year stint as Special Education Department Chair at Boerne Middle School South, spent 5 years working as a K-5 regular and special education counselor for the Northside Independent School District, and taught speech and theatre arts on the middle school level.

I currently restrict my tutoring to those in grades 1-5 and am able to assist with the entire curriculum, providing specialized materials to teach reading, writing, or math, supplementing what your child's teacher is teaching, and/or providing homework support.

If you hire me, I become part of your child's team. We work together to figure out what he or she needs to be more successful in school.
A retired teacher who continues to work in the public schools substitute teaching and tutoring youngsters in the evening, I have 32 years of experience to draw on including many years of working with those who have special needs (from ADHD and learning disabilities to autism). I'm considered "highly qualified" in reading and writing instruction, Read more

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Cancellation
12 hours notice required

1. Special rates available for multi-hour sessions. 2. Trip charge over 5 miles. 3. Cancellation must be in writing at least 12 hours prior to lesson to avoid paying for lesson.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of San Antonio, TX 78254
Background Check: Passed
English:
English,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Reading,
Writing
Elementary Education:
ADHD,
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science,
Grammar,
Homeschool,
Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ADHD

Many students in special needs programs have difficulty focusing, are easily distracted, and may be impulsive. ADD and/or ADHD are frequently at the root of school failures or difficulties. I am certified in generic special education and have experience and expertise in working with students both diagnosed and undiagnosed who exhibit such behaviors.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I'm certified in Generic Special Education by the state of Texas, and many of the students I taught and counseled in my 21 years in the public schools had autism spectrum disorders, from Asperger's Syndrome to severe developmental disorders and full blown autism. Students with autism need structure, patience, and an environment that eliminates or reduces excessive stimulation. They may need visual cues, augmentative communication devices, and assistance in learning social skills and cues. As with all students, individual interests, abilities, and goals are taken into consideration when planning curriculum and instruction for autistic students.

Note that Asperger's Syndrome is no longer a disorder of its own but is encompassed in the autism spectrum. Higher functioning autistic students, who at one time might have had the Asperger's diagnosis, may be easily frustrated and quick to anger, and may require more behavior management, structure, and understanding of themselves and others to be successful in school subjects.

My work as a special educator and counselor has provided insight and experience in teaching students with autism across the spectrum.

Dyslexia

I taught reading and language arts to dyslexic students from Pre-K through grade 9 over the course of my 21 years in the public schools.

Most likely a neurobiological disability, dyslexia is characterized by average or above average intelligence but marked by impairments in auditory and visual memory, sequencing, auditory and visual processing, and hand/eye coordination.

Techniques used to teach those with dyslexia are multisensory, explicit, systematic, and cumulative, integrating listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and incorporating phonics, planning and organizational skills, critical thinking, and self-management.

Elementary (K-6th)

Half my public school teaching and all of my public school counseling was done in elementary schools, where I worked with special needs students in all their subject areas. Furthermore, the special needs students I taught in middle school were frequently on the elementary level in reading, English, and writing when I got them, and it was my job to help get them up to grade level in these subjects.

Elementary Science

I taught elementary level science to self contained special education students for several years, and enjoy tutoring in this subject on the elementary level and watching the lights go on in children's heads. I'm a hands-on kind of person, so I try to help students understand science as much as possible using demonstrations, projects, pictures, and supplementary reading that will engage them and integrate their other interests whenever possible.

English

Reading and writing have always been such a joy to me, and having the opportunity to teach and share them with others has been and is a blessing! It is through literature that young people can find worlds they never dreamed existed, learn about people and places far away, and become aware of others who share the same problems and gain insights into how to solve them. Reading opens doors and enables us to learn, and writing provides a tool for self-expression and communication. When I teach these subjects, I do so with the knowledge that not everyone shares my love of them, yet everyone needs to have some ability to work with them. I try to guide and mentor my students, make reading and writing fun, and help my students to understand why English skills are relevant to them.

Grammar

My minor in college was English, I taught writing and English to students from PK through high school for 21 years in the public schools, and I have written professionally.

Homeschool

I have extensive experience helping to home school children in the K-5 curriculum, both in working with other families who have chosen to take their children out of pubic or private schools, and in working with my own three children. My expertise ranges from helping families to choose curriculum, testing to determine reading and/or math levels, and working with children on already chosen curriculums in workbooks, textbooks, and on computer. I've taught all subjects for parents who work at home and find they are unable to use their time working and teaching, too, and I'm often called in to help with reading, writing, or spelling only. My background in teaching the K-5 curriculum in both self contained and resource room settings has been helpful to me in this area.

Phonics

I'm a master's level TX certified teacher. When working with dyslexic and reading disabled students, I found that teaching phonics skills was most effective in helping students to recognize words. As a tutor, I use Potter's Blend Phonics program to systematically teach the skill of sounding out words phonetically. This includes teaching all the sounds of letters in English, all the sounds of letter blends and combinations, and how to break down a word into its parts. Some vocabulary and spelling skills are also included in my phonics module.

Reading

Children who struggle with word recognition, no matter what the cause, often need a phonetic approach. From learning the alphabet sounds to learning to break a word down into it's phonemes, so it can be sounded out, good readers are skilled at word attack. Once actual word calling is mastered, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency skills can be taught and practiced.

I have an MA in Educational Psychology with concentrations in Special Education and Counseling, a BA in Speech and Drama, and a minor in English (including both literature and writing). I'm lifetime TX certified to teach generic special education and did teach in the Texas public schools for (in resource rooms, self contained special education classrooms, and in regular education classrooms with an additional 10 years in tutoring, much of which has involved teaching reading.

Social Studies

Social studies was one of my favorite teaching areas in the elementary-level self-contained classes that I taught to special needs students. Good citizenship and social skills were important subjects that I also enjoyed teaching to my students when I was a counselor assigned to teach once-a-week classes on these subjects.

Pertinent college coursework included 3 hours of American History, 3 hours of World History, 3 hours of Texas Government, 3 hours of Teaching in the Multicultural Classroom, 3 hours of Human Growth and Development, 3 hours of American Literature, and 3 hours of World Literature.

I have also been a role model for citizenship by participating actively in government. I served for 8 years in a leadership role on the board of my local Property Owners Association, and I also served for 8 years as a Precinct Chair for my political party in the county in which I lived prior to moving to San Antonio.

Special Needs

My MA is in Generic Special Education. Students diagnosed with special needs may have specific learning disabilities, speech or language disabilities, mental retardation, health impairments such as ADD, ADHD, visual or hearing impairments. emotional impairments, or autism spectrum disorders amongst others. With proper and appropriate teaching tailored to the specific disability, students with special needs can succeed in school and go on to become successful citizens, workers, and professionals.

When I teach a student with special needs, the first thing I do is ask for diagnostic information and history. I may then do some testing and/or observation to determine what specific problems might be preventing the student from succeeding and/or what techniques might be most helpful in helping the student with his or her particular special need in order to achieve optimal learning in the subject at hand. Assisting special needs students to succeed academically requires a blending of knowledge of both the need and the subject matter.

Writing

Writing is something that scares a lot of people. In truth writing is really as easy as talking, but the punctuating and editing are the parts that makes it difficult. When should I use a period, a question mark, a comma? How can I make what I'm trying to say clear and understandable?

My experience in writing and teaching writing is extensive. I was an A+++ writer in my graduate writing courses, I've been a songwriter, and I've been a journalist. Writing has been an integral part of every subject I've ever taught, from drama to English, and it's something I love teaching. It's about communicating, and that's something anyone can do with the right set of skills.

Colorado State University
University of Texas at San An
Master's
University of Texas, San Antonio
Graduate Coursework

Education

Colorado State University

University of Texas at San An (Master's)

University of Texas, San Antonio (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

1. Special rates available for multi-hour sessions. 2. Trip charge over 5 miles. 3. Cancellation must be in writing at least 12 hours prior to lesson to avoid paying for lesson.

Travel policy

Judy will travel within 5 miles of San Antonio, TX 78254.