With more than 20 years experience in the educational realms, I am able to help students and parents address educational assistance needs. I do not tutor nor teach to a set pattern. If the student struggles or the parent desires a different approach, I readily adjust my style and options within the tutoring environment. In previous tutoring and teaching environments I have utilized sidewalk chalk to fabric scraps to "Hot Wheel" cars to work on the alphabet and phonics. I have utilized rea... [more]
Worked with elementary through high school students. During those accumulated five years of ESL/ESOL educator experience, I did the following. Investigate and furnish materials to support instruction of ELL and non-ELL students. Address students? learning and language needs with teachers. Assemble lessons and learning aides for eight groups of learners. Establish groups using qualifying criterion. Administer Woodcock-Mu?oz and state-mandated MAC II language survey tests. Evaluate results and advise course of educational action for each student. Orientate staff to Learning Page?s Reading A-Z and Vocabulary A-Z. Institute lessons and learning aids for nine groups. Compose groups of learners based on abilities and age. Assist students with homework and classroom work. Counsel teachers on students? educational requirements. Test students? language abilities.
My experience spans nearly fifteen years. From 2004 to 2012 specifically, I worked (as a teacher and a tutor) with elementary students, working on their English (alphabets, phonics, reading, and grammar) and honing their mathematics comprehension. I have a background that includes experiences in public schools to private and charter schools to homeschool and home-tutoring. In every situation, I utilize a diversity of alternative and creative approaches to instruction. I am not satisfied until the student's eyes light up with comprehension or awareness.
My experience spans nearly fifteen years. From 2004 to 2012 specifically, I worked (as a teacher and a tutor) with elementary students, working on their English (alphabets, phonics, reading, and grammar). I have training in the federally-funded Reading First initiative, which focuses on phonics. Understanding the consonants, vowels, diphthongs, diagraphs, and all the other phonics specific terminology, is a puzzle I enjoy revealing to a student. In every situation, I utilize a diversity of alternative and creative approaches to instruction. I am not satisfied until the student's eyes light up with comprehension or awareness.
I began self-educating myself with sign language in the late 1980s. I received formal training at William Woods University's ITP in 1995 and simultaneously worked at Missouri School for the Deaf. Beginning in 1997, until the present, I have worked as an interpreter for the Deaf (educationally - elementary, high school, and college - and in other professional environments). I have taught ASL at the collegiate level for nearly five years. My sign language skills span: American Sign Language, Signed Exact English, and PSE. To keep up-to-date, I have attended seminars and institutes to further my understanding, skills, and abilities in: sign language, d/Deaf culture, and d/Deaf education. I am comfortable with helping students further their understanding and usage of ASL via personal instruction or using online video conferencing sources. Presently I am teaching American Sign Language to middle school through high school aged students using a video conferencing medium.
Hard of Hearing
I have worked with the hard of hearing and d/Deaf since 1995, when I worked at Missouri School for the Deaf as an office and classroom aide. From then I have continued my work as an interpreter for the Deaf since 1997. I am skilled with American Sign Language and Signed Exact English and PSE. As someone who speaks with exactness and enunciates, I have been told I am easy to lip-read. For supplementary information and training I have attended seminars and institutes sponsored by Ohio School for the Deaf's ISLR. In 2004, I attended ?Language Acquisition for Young Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing?. In 2003, it was the Summer Institute on Deaf Education.