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BBA- Loyola University Chicago (Biology)
/Western Washington University (Graduate Coursework)
My name is Maddie. I am new to the Bellingham area. I moved here from Walla Walla where I spent the last year serving with AmeriCorps. I was a program assistant at Camp Fire Walla Walla. My duties included planning, ordering, preparing, and distributing snacks, creating week themes with correlating crafts and activities, teaching art, science, mindfulness, and civics to the 200 children in the afterschool camps at five different elementary schools across Walla Walla. During this time I also worked as a tutor with at risk students teaching reading, math and science.
I obtained my undergrad degree from Loyola University Chicago in Biology with an Ecology Emphasis. My minor was in Spanish Literature. I am currently enrolled as a graduate student at Western Washington University where I am working on my Master's in Environmental Education. I simply adore working with children and passing on my enthusiasm for learning and growing with them.
I have a year of exclusive math tutoring of children from second grade to eighth grade. I love to make math approachable and find the best way to teach it so your child will absorb it. In a classroom setting, math is taught one way because there are many students and the most generalized methods of teaching math are used, but there are many ways to teach and learn math. On a 1 to 1 ratio, it is much easier to determine an engaging way to teach math specified to your child.
I have my undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago in Biology with an Ecology emphasis. My graduate studies will be in environmental education. My personal passion is in science and the environment. It is my greatest ambition to help children experience our natural world.
I have been a life long reading enthusiast. From when I first picked up a book and began sounding out words at 4, to creating my own imaginary worlds and creations through writing at 24. Reading is a special gift in which we share our own imaginative outlets with others. It connects us. Reading does not come easily to everyone and I want to help them to receive the beautiful gift. We will find a way to make reading fun.
I love love love to paint. It is my preferred hobby. I love to take a canvas out on a hike and just paint what I see. The last year when I was working with Camp Fire Walla Walla, I made it my special mission to teach the after school campers art. Most of the schools I worked with were underfunded and did not have any form of art program.
If it is not evident by the rest of my profile, I like to make learning fun. Everyone learns in a different way, at different speeds. I want to find the best way, and the most enjoyable way, for you as a student to grow and develop. Contact me if you wish to learn more. I look forward to hearing from you! Hello!
My name is Maddie. I am new to the Bellingham area. I moved here from Walla Walla where I spent the last year serving with AmeriCorps. I was a program assistant at Camp Fire Walla Walla. My duties included planning, ordering, preparing, and distributing snacks, creating week themes with correlating crafts and activities, teaching
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From Nov. of 2015 to June of 2016, I tutored a special needs student in math and science. She had severe ADHD and PTSD. We worked to find ways to make learning accessible to her and help her to focus. At the beginning of out tutoring she tested at a fourth grade level. At the end, she tested at a sixth grade level.
At my position at Camp Fire Walla Walla, I worked with many students who had autism or Aspergers. I had at least one student at each school who suffered from Aspergers. One particular student I worked with out side of Camp Fire as well through a foster kid enrichment program I volunteered for in the community. We had many challenges in attention, reading, and emotional responses, but we were able to find a way to work around those things and his communication and emotional responses improved over time and effort.
At my position at Camp Fire Walla Walla, I worked with many students who had autism or Aspergers. One of my students suffered from severe autism. I worked with her every Wednesday to build trust and a communication system with her. We used objects and kinetic learning to advance her knowledge.
I have worked many years with children of special needs including dyslexia. Reading is one of my greatest passions and I work hard to teach it to children who need special help with it. I worked with children struggling to read in my time at Camp Fire. I find that breaking it down, being incredibly patient, and finding the right method for the child is the best way to overcome and work through dyslexia.
Art has been my passion and hobby since I was little. I took years and years of lessons from my aunt and continued on as a hobby for all the years after. When I found out that many of the schools I worked with in Walla Walla didn't have funding for art classes, I made it my special mission to bring art to the kids. I can send a portfolio of my work if necessary as well.