I worked for the New York City Board of Education as a English Language Arts Teacher and Librarian for almost four years. I taught Reading, Writing and English Language Arts to grades kindergarten through six. I also tutored students privately in reading, writing and math. In my experience, a successful tutoring relationship is one that consists of trust and encouragement. It is my job to make students feel safe and confident as they face their academic challenges. I am very patient and ... [more]
As an elementary educator, I consistently worked to achieve excellent student results. Because each student had a certain mix of traits, strengths and learning challenges, I had to apply differing proportions of the curriculum to the children. Each day, as a teacher, I always maintained structured lesson plans that met the state standards. During my elementary teaching experience, I taught Math, English/Spelling, Science, and Social-Studies. In order to give my students a greater understanding of the curriculum, I incorporated visuals into my daily lessons. For example, in math class, I did a lesson on shapes. When we studied circles, I bought an unsliced pizza and showed them that the pizza is a circle. Then when I cut the pizza, I showed them that the slices of pizza were shaped like triangles. In addition, after the completion of an author study, each child would write a letter to the author and share their likes or dislikes about the book; and/or questions about the characters in the book. We also sometimes created mini plays from the characters of the book. During my tenure as a teacher, I maintained positive relationships with parents, fellow teachers and office staff. Teaching has always been more than just a source of employment, it is my passion. My deepest focus is encouraging students so that they can be successful regardless of their circumstances.
I am very qualified to teach phonics. Currently, I am teaching and receiving training in the Barton System which is an Orton-Gillingham influenced simultaneously multi-sensory explicit and systematic phonics program. I have seen tremendous progress in my students' phonetic awareness since incorporating this system into their learning plan.
I received my Master's degree in Vocal Performance in 2004 from New York University. I've been teaching private voice to students of all ages for the last seven years. I am very experienced. I instill the execution of proper breath support and breath control. I also teach proper vocalises to strengthen and warm-up the voice.
I have been using the Barton Reading and Spelling System: An Orton-Gillingham Influenced Simultaneously Multi-sensory Explicit and Systematic Phonics Program for three years to treat individuals with dyslexia. I am well versed in assessing and working with children with dyslexia. My children have made remarkable strides working with me and using the Barton System.