Hello and good day! I am currently working as the At-Risk coordinator for a local public school district, with 3 years prior as my district At-Risk coordinator, 7 years as our district's Math coordinator, 3 years as our district Math/Science middle/high school facilitator, and 7 years of teaching math and science to middle and high school students in a public alternative school. I have a wealth of experience working with kids who are experiencing difficulty in passing state tests (TAKS Exit... [more]
I have spent 17 years in the mathematics educational field, including 7 years as a teacher, 3 years as a teacher leader for my district in mathematics, and 7 years as the head coordinator of mathematics in my district. I have written test questions for companies such as Examgen and Pearson, and have reviewed mathematics materials and tests for Pearson, Houghton-Mifflin and the State of Texas. I have trained and worked with schools in the use of Algebra I software materials in classrooms nationally for the AgileMind/ThinkFive corporation.
I have extensive experience in administration of K-12 programs in mathematics and in at-risk student populations. I am the current K-12 At-Risk district coordinator in my district, and served as the K-12 Mathematics district coordinator for 7 years previously. I have a great deal of experience working with K-6 students in mathematics and in general intervention programs for reading, writing, and science as part of my at-risk work. Finally, I have directly taught 6th grade math and science in my previous stint as a middle/high school teacher.
I have taught study skills to a wide variety of middle and high school students during my teaching career in mathematics and science. I have also taught study skills specific to standardized tests (STAAR, TAKS, SAT/ACT) to students in need of more targeted help in studying. I help students both with general study skills and habits - time, organization, lists, so forth - as well as more specific study skills in math and science courses. I have had great success with students in middle and high school grades becoming much more efficient in getting work done and organizing themselves in a practical, durable manner.
I have worked with special needs children in various capacities since I began teaching in 1997. My experience includes work with 504, mildly autistic/Asperger's, Down's Syndrome, and LD children. I have used a variety of techniques to work with differently a led children in my classrooms, and am always patient and seek long-term gain while providing short-term progress. Special needs children tend to have many of the same inherent social needs as other children, and I interact with my special needs students differently than other students only as it is necessary to address the particular student's unique condition.
I have extensive knowledge in the zoological sciences - my B.A. from Yale includes a double major in Organismal Biology, which covers most of the zoological approaches to science. I have taught Environmental Science at the high school level as well, which integrates a significant amount of zoological content in the Texas standards. Finally, I have direct experience in the taxonomic and organizational side of zoology from my student work as a assistant student curator at the Peabody Museum of Natural Sciences at Yale University during my senior year in college.
I have successfully navigated several positions of increasing importance in both private and public industry. I have counseled students as part of my Yale alumni club committee here in San Antonio regarding course schedules, areas of study, and job threads based on the student's interests. I have also helped peers become successful private consultants based on my expertise and work in the private educational industry (Pearson, McGraw Hill, AgileMind, etc.).
My expertise with working with ADD/ADHD students is extensive, and covers a variety of approaches. My strongest asset is my current status as my school's 504 coordinator, which has exposed me to state and national-level training on the ins and outs of what schools should have in place to support students with ADD/ADHD. I have used a number of the approaches I have learned in tutoring students, and have seen their success in a variety of subjects. I also work directly with my own son, who has ADD, and have seen his success improve with the approaches I take with him.
I have tutored students in TAKS math and science at all levels of MS and HS, from 6th grade mathematics and 8th grade science to Exit Level for both subjects. I have taught TAKS-driven courses in public high schools for both math and science, and have helped create intensive short courses to help students reach mastery of the TAKS test. As the TAKS phases out for the new STAAR testing, the high school seniors who still fall under the old TAKS guidelines require the attention to formula charts, understood knowledge, and testing procedures that my TAKS tutoring background provides.
I have tutored a number of current and former servicemen and women in a variety of subjects. For the AFOQT, you need to be proficient in skills such as mathematics, physical sciences and problem solving in the 21st century Air Force. As I hail from a military family (primarily Air Force, enlisted and officer), I have worked in both the hard sciences and social sciences to help prospective cadets pass muster and become a part of the 21st century Air Force battle space. I can address all areas of the AFOQT, and have helped cadets with test-taking strategies and with content mirroring that of the AFQOT.
I have taught summer courses for the last 5 years on STAAR preparation for reading and math at the middle school and high school level. I have also written the curriculum for these courses and for school-year supplementals for STAAR. I have administered the STAAR on my campuses and frequently monitor other campuses for STAAR compliance issues and technical help.