Hi, my name is Mandy H. I am a certified and highly qualified elementary school K-8 grade teacher in Arizona. I received my Bachelor?s degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University in 2001. I began substitute teaching and tutoring privately after college, which exposed me to a lot of different teaching and learning techniques. I have experience tutoring math, reading, and writing. I also have experience tutoring students with a variety of special needs including ADHD and other ... [more]
American history is a fascinating subject to me. I especially like to help students discover information regarding the civil rights movement and Underground Railroad. I believe that this particular period in history has taught Americans as well as others the accepting of differences. I believe that America is a wonderful country.
I am a certified reading specialist. I use both phonics, and whole language strategies to help students unlock the puzzle of reading. I also use encouragement where it is needed to help students understand how important it is to open their world to reading. I also have a bag of tricks to help students increase their vocabulary and comprehension skills. These include active learning games and more!
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I am familiar with several reading strategies that can assist a student when taking standardized screening tests. For example this duty and may want to use a highlighting strategy to answer multiple-choice questions. This could also work for any type of reading comprehension exercises that would require students to recall information about what they read. I've also found that the use of such strategies can also be used to reduce the anxiety that the student feels while taking reading comprehension tests.
Elementary science can be really boring for students. I like to activate a students imagination when teaching concepts such as the scientific method, Earth, and space science. I like to use project based exploration because it allows my students to engage with the material using all five senses. This is essential to helping students retain the knowledge taught.
I am Highly Qualified, according to the No Child Left Behind standards, in Elementary Education for the State of Arizona. I have three years of substitute teaching experience in all subjects and grade levels. I have three years of contracted teaching experience in fourth grade and one year of contracted teaching in Special Education.
I am a certified reading specialist in the State of Arizona which entails teaching decoding indirectly and directly to students.
I am a certified teacher who has a personal connection with students who have special needs. I am special needs myself and understand the challenges that these students face. I am experienced with the implementation of IEP's and 504 plans. I am patient and can adjust my teaching to make sure every student succeeds. I have specific experience with working with students who have been classified as SLD, Autism, SLP, OI, ED, MOMD, SMD, MIMD, and OHI.
In my 10 years of teaching, I have taught about 20 students with ADD/ADHD. I spent a lot of time making accommodations for these students in group learning situations, as well as one on one tutoring situations. I have experiences helping families and schools develop IEP's or 504 plans for these students, so that they could achieve their academic and life goals.
I am familiar with the tests to diagnose dyslexia and am familiar with strategies to the students overcome this unique disability. I have experience with working with dyslexic family members. I am trying to complete the dyslexia certification program thought the International Dyslexia Association in the near future.