California University of Pennsylvania (Elementary Education)
Duquesne University (Master's)
Hello! My name is Hillary and I am currently a 4th Grade Teacher in Loudoun County. Before moving to the Loudoun County School District, I taught 5/6 Special Education and First Grade Math/Science for a year. My real passion is in the area of literacy/reading. While finishing my Masters Degree at Duquesne University, I completed my clinical in the Duquesne University Reading Clinic where I conducted a battery of assessments to complete a case study demonstrating areas of struggle in the five main areas of reading: phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. While writing a case study for each client, I was able to provide remediation activities. I also completed a summer tutoring program where I designed supporting activities for students ages 5-13 in the area of reading.
One of the many qualifications that I possess is obtaining my Masters Degree in Reading and Language Arts Education. I conduct research to stay atop the current evidence based practices to provide students with the most appropriate strategies in building reading comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary.
One success that I have had with past tutoring experiences and with my current 4th grade students, is the use of word study. Word study allows me to identify areas of struggle in common spelling patterns. I am then able to build a list of words concentrating around each of the spelling pattern struggles for children and provide activities to build those spelling patterns.
I have conducted research in remediation activities for students who demonstrate a struggle in phonics. With the use of many strategies, students are able to build phonics to begin reading.
Hello! My name is Hillary and I am currently a 4th Grade Teacher in Loudoun County. Before moving to the Loudoun County School District, I taught 5/6 Special Education and First Grade Math/Science for a year. My real passion is in the area of literacy/reading. While finishing my Masters Degree at Duquesne University, I completed my clinical in the
I would highly recommend Ms. Hillary to any family whose child is very strong in one subject but weaker in another. This way, time is not wasted covering material that the child already performs well on. Ms. Hillary was able to quickly talk me through my son’s struggles and give me concise, helpful tips that I used during the week she is not tutoring. My son is 7, and he is heading to 2nd grade this fall. My son has been diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD/ADHD) and requires one-on-one individual assistance to succeed. Ms. Hillary has a very good understating of my son’s diagnosis, and her tutoring style is a match with my son’s needs. Ms. Hilary is patient, caring, knowledgeable, and fun... The world of a 7 year old is all about being fun, and Ms. Hillary makes her tutoring sessions fun and entertaining. During this hour my son is learning by having fun.
Hillary is very patient with my son who has autism and ADHD. Not only is she working with him on his comprehension, she has given me great suggestions on what to do at home to help. I highly rate Hillary.
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Masters degree in the area of Reading and Language Arts Education
Board member of the Greater Washington Reading Council
Applying for the Reading Specialist certification