Hello, and thank you for reading my profile. I am currently working as a substitute teacher, and I am a retired educational diagnostician. You may ask, "What is a diagnostician?" A diagnostician is the person, along with the school psychologist, that tests students (IQ and achievement, usually) for eligibility for special education services. It is a great skill because I am fortunate enough to be able to help students reach their maximum potential, regardless of any disabilities they ma... [more]
My background consists of many years of corporate training, public school teaching, private/home school tutoring, and special education teaching. In addition, during my undergrad and graduate studies, I have completed many Math, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Statistics courses while I maintained a 3.9 grade point average. I currently hold a Master's degree in Special Education and a Texas teaching certificate as well as a certificate as an Educational Diagnostician. It is very rewarding to teach/tutor Algebra, Geometry, and SAT/ACT preparation - especially when I can see positive results and an increased pride and confidence in my students.
Good Geometry skills will help students understand shapes, angles, and solve real-life problems.
I've taught and tutored first through 12th grade students with great success. My background in special education has also helped me achieve success with students with dyslexia, ADHD, and specific learning disabilities. Methods I have used include research-based techniques for phonetics (e.g., Wilson), increased comprehension (e.g., guided reading), and fluency (paired reading, choral reading, etc.). I am dedicated to your child's success in lifelong reading.
I have been playing guitar for well over forty years. Although I'm mostly self-taught on the guitar, I have been classically trained on piano and trumpet. I can help students learn how to read music, form chords to accompany themselves or others, play in a band, and learn songs by ear and from sheet music. I have experience in the recording industry, and I still occasionally perform live in local clubs.
My background as a special education teacher and diagnostician has given me many opportunities to teach a wide variety of students to read. Basic Reading depends on good phonological skills, and those skills are developed through the effective use of attaching unique sounds to each letter of the alphabet. Certain students with dyslexia find that phonics is difficult and can be the hardest part of their reading. There are many tools available to help students develop good phonics skills. The most important aspects of their successful use is consistency and practice. Over time, the challenges of learning phonics can be met with a thoughtful, patient guide.
One of the most difficult skills to master is the ability to effectively study and comprehend what is being read. For too many students, studying is a dreaded chore with countless preconceived notions about "cramming" in a locked room with a book and a light. Using techniques such as Cornell or SQ3R, studying can become much more process-related with short bursts of energy separated by periods of rest/reinforcement. Each student requires different things to trigger the learning/remembering process.
My familiarity with students with Special Needs has been developed not only from experience (I have both taught and worked with students), but also from my studies (I have a master's degree in special education), as well as assessments as a certified educational diagnostician. I have found that each student is unique and, with the incredible variety of special needs' diagnoses being discovered, there must be a concerted effort by both parents and educators to find what strategy/ies will lead to successful learning for that particular student. I enjoy that challenge, and I welcome the opportunity to help in any way I can.
My background and experience as a dianostician has helped me become an effective educator for students who are struggling with attention and distractibility issues. There are a number of proven techniques that have come into wide usage that I have embraced over the years. Although each student is unique in his/her needs, please know that there are ways for all students to overcome obstacles to their learning.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
My familiarity with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder has been developed not only from experience (I have both taught and worked with students), but also from my studies (I have a master's degree in special education), as well as assessments as a certified educational diagnostician. I have found that each student is unique and, especially with the variability of Autism in each student's case (e.g., severity, level of functioning, etc.) there must be a concerted effort by both parents and educators to find what strategy/ies will lead to successful learning for that particular student. I enjoy that challenge, and I welcome the opportunity to help in any way I can.
As an educational diagnostician, I have tested, worked with, and taught many students who exhibit symptoms of dyslexia. This condition can cause problems with decoding letter symbols, reading fluency, pronunciation, and especially writing/spelling. Although it is not considered curable, its effects can definitely be overcome with practice and perseverance.