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Kathleen K.

Pewaukee, WI

$40/hour

Regular and Special Education-Elem. Guidance Counselor K-9

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 1/25/12

$40/Hour


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University of Wisconsin, Stout
Univ Univ of Wi - Milw
Master's
Univ of Wi - Milw
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Wisconsin, Stout

Univ Univ of Wi - Milw (Master's)

Univ of Wi - Milw (Graduate Coursework)

About Kathleen

I am a retired educator with experience in regular and special education. I also am a trained school counselor. I believe in the individuality of each student. I base my planning on what the student needs to know/learn and what strengths the student brings to the situation that may help him/her succeed in mastering new skills or building skills to a higher level. My background in special education has provided me with successful experiences working with children who have a wide variety of special needs. I can work with any child after determining what the child already knows, what his/her preferred learning style is, and the student's profile of strengths and needs. I can insure that the student, regardless of academic/functioning level, takes the next step toward skill mastery.

My tutoring experience includes students who are in 3rd through 6th grade. I have tutored in math, language, science and social studies with successful outcomes. My teaching experience includes teaching children who were younger than 3rd graders. My counseling experience includes working with children grades K through 9.

I have worked with children who have difficulty with focus, attention to task, organizational and study skills,and,or behavioral issues that interfere with learning. I also prefer to work as part of the team involved in the student's education. I will make observational visits in the student's classroom, consult with the school team in order to best coordinate goals, and work closely with parents keeping them updated on student progress during tutoring and suggesting ways parents might help their student at home. I have also attended parent-teacher conferences, and advocated for students at IEP meetings.

My background in guidance and counseling allows me to view the students as a whole individual who may have social-emotional concerns, as well as, academic concerns. I find, at times, that it is the social-emotional difficulties that prevent the child from succeeding academically. In such cases, I can provide short-term counseling if needed to help students experience academic success.
I am a retired educator with experience in regular and special education. I also am a trained school counselor. I believe in the individuality of each student. I base my planning on what the student needs to know/learn and what strengths the student brings to the situation that may help him/her succeed in mastering new skills or building skills to Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Pewaukee, WI 53072
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
English:
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ADD/ADHD

I have 32 years of experience in the field of special education. I have worked with students with the diagnosis of ADD or ADHD. Some of the students took medication to help manage symptoms, but many others did not. The age range of students that I have worked with who experience ADD/ADHD symptoms is preschool through ninth grade. My work with these students has been in the classroom and in tutoring arrangements.

I have had success teaching these students to accommodate or compensate for their difficulties in initiating and maintaining focus on school tasks. I like to work with the student's parents and teacher(s) as well. Often, modifications can be made to the learning/home environment that help the student exert more control over high activity levels and difficulties with attending.

Aspergers

I have had almost ten years of experience working with children who present as having Aspergers. Because most of my teaching career involved working with children with special educational needs, I have the skills to address each student's needs individually.

Children with Aspergers Syndrome can often be successfully taught in the regular classroom with some degree of support from a special educator. This was often my role. Through collaboration with the regular classroom teacher and the child's parents, I have been able to help establish and maintain the student's successful involvement in the least restrictive educational environment.

Autism

I have worked with autistic children who function at many different levels along the autism spectrum. Autism largely affects language and social skills and it is in these areas that I have had success with autistic children.

Each child with autism is unique and getting to know the student and their individual profile of strengths and deficits is critical to developing a successful approach to addressing the child's learning needs.

My approach to working with autistic students is largely behavioral and direct in nature. I find those techniques most often successful in helping the autistic student to acquire more age-appropriate language and social skills.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have experience tutoring students in grades 3 through 6 in math, reading and writing. Two of the students I had considerable success with had language disabilities, diagnosed dyslexia and ADHD.

I have also worked directly with students in grades 3 through 9 as a guidance counselor, which often involved assisting them with their academics as well as social-emotional issues.

Elementary Math

Elementary math is composed of subset areas, including, but not limited to, numeral identification, number concept, sequencing, telling time, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, fractions, place value, fractions, simple geometry, etc. Each subset can be broken down into small learning modules which provide a foundation for the next step in the sequence. By mastering each module, the student moves forward to performing new skills.

Math is a subject that can easily be taught using a multisensory approach as it lends itself to the use of visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic methods when teaching. The student with a strength in visual learning can use that strength to address aquiring new skills in areas of weakness.

My background in special education allows me to access a variety of methods and techniques that work with each individual student to move them forward in experiencing success in strengthening of math skills in general.

Phonics

The teaching of phonics involves helping students develop a sound to symbol relationship. Phonemic awareness is an important prerequisite to success in the development of phonetic skills.

I have had 19 years of experience teaching children skills related to reading. I can determine the student's current level of ability and strong learning channels and develop instruction that will most successfully address phonetic (and other)skill deficits.

Reading

Elementary Reading -
I have taught reading to typically developing children as well as to children with special educational needs. These children were most often in grades Kindergarten through third grade. I have also tutored children in reading with successful results. I believe that a good match needs to be made between the student's strengths and the reading method used for reading instruction. One "size" does not fit all!

Special Needs

I have much training and 32 years of experience in the area of Special Education. Most of my work in this area is with preschool and Kindergarten-age students with learning, behavioral, physical, sensory, attentional and activity-level difficulties that interfere with a student's ability to learn successfully in the classroom. I have modified instruction for children to match their learning style and successfully increased their skills in all curriculum areas and classroom survival skills.

Writing

I have always had a personal strength in both spoken and written communication. I have worked with students of all ages and all ability levels helping them improve their own speaking and writing skills. Well written communication makes a valuable first impression in the academic and working world. Today's reliance on technological communication leaves many without practice in traditional writing skills. Yet these skills are vitally important to success in our society. I have helped many students in the past to be better writers and I look forward to continuing to assist others in the future.

University of Wisconsin, Stout
Univ Univ of Wi - Milw
Master's
Univ of Wi - Milw
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Wisconsin, Stout

Univ Univ of Wi - Milw (Master's)

Univ of Wi - Milw (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kathleen will travel within 15 miles of Pewaukee, WI 53072.