I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a M.A. in English and a M.Ed. My background also includes working for the governor's office and state department of education in Family Literacy, Instructional Design, and Assessment. I currently teach Reading for incoming freshman at a university; in addition, I have taught elementary school science for student teachers, and I have worked with Richmond Public Schools for the past 8 years as Title 1 Instructional Support as a Reading Specialist, Math Specialist, and Science Specialist.
I have worked as a tutor using one-on-one, pairs, and small group as well as whole class instruction. I enjoy using hands-on approach where students can build projects and therefore build learning. As needed, I like to use reading materials to help students build inquiry, questioning skills, to drive their curiosity and create a love for learning the material. I also like to use student teaching videos where students film themselves practicing and building learning units. I have always enjoyed a positive relationship with parents and adult care givers because they enjoy the take-home tips and activities that can be so easily incorporated into daily living.
While we all plan to meet at appointed times, I know that unexpected events may interfere with a set tutoring time. I have a 24 hour cancellation policy, but I am fairly flexible about re-scheduling a session.
My personal philosophy is that each child should leave a tutoring session knowing and understanding a skill or strategy that can be used to boost self-confidence with problem-solving.
I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a M.A. in English and a M.Ed. My background also includes working for the governor's office and state department of education in Family Literacy, Instructional Design, and Assessment. I currently teach Reading for incoming freshman at a university; in addition, I have taught
The lesson with Marilyn was amazing! Marilyn has a wealth of knowledge and an engaging teaching style. My kids stayed focused and welcomed the idea of having another lesson the next day. We are lucky to have met Marilyn.
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I have been a Title 1 tutor/instructional support in Richmond Public Schools for grades 3-5. I have worked with one-on-one, small groups, and whole class instruction in Science, Reading, and Math through thematic units. We have built and displayed numerous projects ( Hawaii, Serengeti, Jamestown, the science of Williamsburg, tracking Food Webs, and building/monitoring habitats ) to use for direct teaching, group work, and review for SOLs). I have increased the SOL scores in each school I have worked for all 3 grades.
M.Ed., M.A. (Rhetoric and Composition), Adult Education Endorsement, ESL Endorsement
As a reading specialist, I have worked with both Whole Language ( more global and immersion ) and skill building ( the traditional, discrete skill advancement). At VCU, where I currently teach reading to freshman students we still use phonics to help ESL students and low-level readers build reading skills more rapidly. In grades 3-5, at-risk students generally profit from more skill building activities, such as phonics. I like to use cards, pictures, and tape recorders to help students associate the sound(s) with vocabulary.
M.Ed. Reading, M.A. English, B.S. Education ( Instructional Design )
I help students develop note taking skills by using branch diagrams, which classify and organize information ( "what will float?" and "what will sink?" ). I also focus on having students design pictures and illustrations to help them remember facts and build concepts ("how do rocks form through cycles?" "how do I predict what type of weather I will experience based on the movement of fronts?"). We also build associative vocabulary lists rather than isolate the spelling words.