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Crystal S.

Experienced Teacher / Special Needs Advocate

Experienced Teacher / Special Needs Advocate

$40/hour

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Bio

While attending college, I worked as an Aide in the Special Education classroom. I achieved my Bachelor's degree in 2008 and taught 4th grade for one year before relocating to Missouri. This is where I transitioned to my work in the nonprofit setting as a Special Education Advocate for children with disabilities and taught Independent Living Skills for transition aged students. Working with struggling students in a one-on-one setting, outside of the classroom, is something I love because...

While attending college, I worked as an Aide in the Special Education classroom. I achieved my Bachelor's degree in 2008 and taught 4th grade for one year before relocating to Missouri. This is where I transitioned to my work in the nonprofit setting as a Special Education Advocate for children with disabilities and taught Independent Living Skills for transition aged students. Working with struggling students in a one-on-one setting, outside of the classroom, is something I love because it enables me to find how the student learns best and explore/apply different learning theories that are more difficult in a group setting. Because of my experience as an Education Advocate, I also have the knowledge of Special Education law, accommodations and modifications, various resources, and disability rights.

While I have a Bachelor's degree in Education, I obtained a content emphasis in Psychology. This is where I became interested in the different learning theories. As a teacher in the classroom, your objective is to teach to the standards for that grade level. The problem is that not all students learn the same way and although educators learn to apply diversified instruction, often, there is simply not enough time in the classroom setting to obtain real results for each student. This causes students with more potential to become bored and students with learning difficulties to become frustrated, leading both of these populations to become disengaged in learning altogether.

As an Aide in a Special Education classroom, I witnessed behaviors by "professionals" in the field which caused me to question how things were done. I later took those questions and applied them in my work as an Education Advocate to challenge the status quo. For years, I have fought for each of my student's success by learning to identify strengths and weaknesses assessments and testing just aren't able to by numbers on a page, or the ridiculous language, authority, and power exerted by administration in the public education setting.

I had a lot of trouble in school when I was young. I was always in trouble in school and no one could understand why I didn't just behave and stay engaged. I later became a troubled youth, with impulse issues, in my teen years and eventually dropped out of high school. It wasn't until my mid twenties I was diagnosed with Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. Suddenly, all of the trouble I experienced as a young person became a lot more clear. I was always a highly intelligent student and was successful when teachers could keep me engaged. I think this is why I have such an affinity for working with struggling learners and students who learn differently. Sometimes it's just taking the time to figure out how to teach a little differently.


Education

Northern Arizona University
Education
University of Phoenix
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  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $40
  • Rate details: Will travel farther than the 20 miles at $.45 per mile.
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Troutville, VA 24175
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
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Subjects

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Working as a teacher in the public education setting, I became enamored with helping struggling learners achieve success. It is my belief this creates a confidence which drives a student to want more success. Often, students disengage from learning for reasons which are not always known or struggle with tasks, not because of their ability, but because they learn differently. Working with them one-on-one allows me to assess this and try different things to increase positive outcomes.
Phonics

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th)

Elementary (K-6th)

Working as a teacher in the public education setting, I became enamored with helping struggling learners achieve success. It is my belief this creates a confidence which drives a student to want more success. Often, students disengage from learning for reasons which are not always known or struggle with tasks, not because of their ability, but because they learn differently. Working with them one-on-one allows me to assess this and try different things to increase positive outcomes.

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Elementary (K-6th)

Elementary (K-6th)

Working as a teacher in the public education setting, I became enamored with helping struggling learners achieve success. It is my belief this creates a confidence which drives a student to want more success. Often, students disengage from learning for reasons which are not always known or struggle with tasks, not because of their ability, but because they learn differently. Working with them one-on-one allows me to assess this and try different things to increase positive outcomes.

Special Needs

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Working as an Advocate on behalf of students with disabilities, more than half of my case load was with learners on the highly misunderstood Autism Spectrum. This gave me the experience of working with learners who often have behaviors which interfere in their learning as the unrealistic "no tolerance" policy adopted by administration has often become a tool used to exclude certain populations of learners. In a one-on-one setting, I have the ability to work to a student's strengths and get them to engage through the use of common practices, such as behavior modifications, but also apply other learning theories which are difficult to do in a group setting, such as the public education classroom.
Special Needs,

Special Needs

As an Education Advocate for children with disabilities, I have years of continued education and experience in interpreting evaluation results and using that benchmark to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses. Working with children in a one-on-one setting, I was often able to identify accommodations and modifications which could be easily duplicated in the public education setting, aiding the student in achieving gains and success in the public education setting.
Phonics

Summer

Elementary (K-6th)

Elementary (K-6th)

Working as a teacher in the public education setting, I became enamored with helping struggling learners achieve success. It is my belief this creates a confidence which drives a student to want more success. Often, students disengage from learning for reasons which are not always known or struggle with tasks, not because of their ability, but because they learn differently. Working with them one-on-one allows me to assess this and try different things to increase positive outcomes.

$40/hour

Crystal S.

$40/hour

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