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Bachelor of Science, Bentley College, Waltham, MA (Marketing Management)
Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, George Mason University (MEd)
I have had a love for learning and teaching my entire life. I am certified in the Commonwealth of Virginia in both General Education (PK-6) and Special Education (K-12), and have a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. I have spent the last 15 years teaching both general and special education students in Fairfax County Public Schools.
Reading and writing go hand in hand. I have great strategies for helping students improve their reading, and as we work on reading together, we will integrate the writing component. I have access to great resources to help guide students toward improving their writing skills.
I have taught grades, 3, 4, 5, an 6 and have experience in all content/subject matter. I have full knowledge of the VA SOL's and Fairfax County's Program of Studies/Curriculum, and use research-based strategies, as well as engaging, hands-on, and real world lessons to guide students' learning and provide a meaningful experience.
I specialize in working with students with Specific Learning Disabilities, to include Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia. I enjoy helping students recognize and meet their full potential by empowering them with a multitude of strategies to help them gain independence.
If you are looking for some help in any elementary content area, you've come to the right place. Contact me with any questions that you may have, or to get the ball rolling. I have had a love for learning and teaching my entire life. I am certified in the Commonwealth of Virginia in both General Education (PK-6) and Special Education (K-12), and have a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. I have spent the last 15 years teaching both general and special education students in
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Students with ADD/ADHD tend to have a need for high stimulation. Their minds work in a non-linear fashion. With that said, the high speed, instant feedback, bright colors and sounds, and interactive aspects of computer technology can be a highly effective approach for kids identified as having ADD/ADHD. I use technology to help engage my students with ADD/ADHD, as well as teach them strategies such as the use of self talk, visualization, focusing, and relaxation techniques. Additionally, I provide opportunities for hands on learning, such as the use of manipulatives in math.
As a Certified Special Education Teacher, I have had extensive training and professional development in the area of reading. I have attended AIM-VA (Assistive Instructional Materials) conferences on several occasions, and participated in an AIM-VA Dyslexia Training. My focus with students who exhibit deficits in the phonological component of language, characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and decoding abilities, is to use a multi-sensory approach, such as the Orton- Gillingham approach.
I am certified in VA in both General Education (PK-6) and Special Education (K-12), and have a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I have taught for Fairfax County Public Schools for 15 years.
I have participated in extensive professional development in the area of mathematics, in particular the Dan Mulligan Math Conference on Flexible Creativity and Elementary Math Mini Conferences. I use hands on, engaging, real world, and interactive multi-sensory approaches to support students' learning in mathematics.
I am certified in VA in both General and Special Education. I have taught reading to struggling students in Fairfax County Public Schools for the past 15 years.
Reading is thinking, which is what I teach all of my students. All good readers use strategies before, during, and after reading in order to gain the most from what they've read. I explicitly teach these strategies through modeling, and provide plenty of guided practice until students are ready to independently apply strategies.
I am patient and kind and have the philosophy that all children can learn. It's important to know that not everyone learns in the same way. My job as an educator is to help students learn how they learn best.
Writing goes hand and hand with reading, and is part of a Balanced Literacy Approach. I have had extensive professional development in the area of writing, and use research-based best practices, such as graphic organizers and technology integration in order to help students' improve their writing skills.