Fort Lewis College (Humanities, Elem Ed)
Metropolitan State Uiversity (Master's)
Having struggled with learning disabilities throughout my educational career, I understand the demands, challenges, and hardships that students with learning differences face. I am passionate about helping all students, but especially those with dyslexia. I specialize in finding students' strengths and utilizing those strengths to mitigate their challenges. I also believe strongly in using physical activity to help activate the brain.
I have taught in the classroom as an elementary and high school teacher. I have also taught special education as a lead teacher, a dyslexic specialist, and as a paraprofessional for a student with Down Syndrome. This summer I will be fresh off a 40 hour Orton Gillingham training and I have used that program as well as Wilson Reading System to help students struggling with the basic foundations of reading. I have worked with kids in many different environments including as operator and head coach of my own mountain bike camps.
I have worked with elementary aged students as a general education teacher, a special education teacher, a tutor, a mentor, and a coach. I understand a variety of curricula and teaching methods. I have unique perspective on our young learners, I know what is important to them and understand what makes them "tick."
I am well versed in teaching to a wide range of students who struggle with learning disabilities. As a special education teacher I know how to read an IEP and to create interventions that will help students achieve their IEP goals. I have first hand experience with learning disabilities and know how students can be effected socially, academically, physically and psychologically. I believe deeply in exploring student strengths and interest as an integral part of the education/tutoring relationship.
I will start taking students in the greater Burlington area for summer tutoring programs starting June 15th. I look forward to creating personal learning opportunities for students to maintain their current levels of academic achievement or to help close specific gaps. Having struggled with learning disabilities throughout my educational career, I understand the demands, challenges, and hardships that students with learning differences face. I am passionate about helping all students, but especially those with dyslexia. I specialize in finding students' strengths and utilizing those strengths to mitigate their
Rates on a sliding scale of $35/hr - 80/hr
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I have a Master's Degree in special education and my undergraduate studies were in elementary education. I have specifically taught special education for 2 years. My caseloads consistently had students on them who had IEP goals related to learning challenges with ADHD. Additionally I have taught elementary school for 3 years and high school for a year with students who have attention deficits. Lastly, I too have ADHD, so I am able to lead my learning experiences from a place of understanding and compassion.
I began my teaching career as a general education teacher with a focus on standards based education. Additionally, I have worked closely with general education teachers to assure the success of the students on my caseload in the common core standards. Lastly, my undergrad and graduate studies have prepared my to be highly qualified in subject knowledge as required in the common core.
My graduate work has prepared my to work effectively with students with dyslexia. Additionally, I have taught a number of reading programs such as Wilson Reading Program and Orton-Gillingham. In the summer of 2015 I worked at private school in Boulder specifically for children with dyslexia. Finally, I have completed a 40 hour training offered by Orton-Gillingham International.
I completed a year long internship as a 3rd grade teacher. For three years I taught 5th grade as a general education teacher. I have worked with students K-5 as a special education teacher for 2 years.
As a person with learning disabilities, I am able to approach student learning challenges with compassion and a greater sense of what works with students. I earned a Mater's degree in Special Education in 2013. Moreover, I have taught special needs students as a special education teacher, tutor, and teacher in a school specifically for students with dyslexia.