I have been on many journeys throughout my life and have tons of different experiences; ski instructor, varsity football, lifeguard, home health aide, little league announcer, treasurer, etc,. One of these led me to be a student at Penn State University. While I was there I changed majors and bounced around trying to decipher what it is that I wanted to do with my life. This led me to becoming a TA (teaching assistant) for biology 127. A teaching assistant is responsible for having office ... [more]
I have been in the teaching spectrum for over 17 years. Throughout my career it has been my goal to better my students no matter what the task may be and to develop creative and innovative teaching techniques and styles that specifically reflect my student. I have worked with students in a vast array scenarios spanning from 4 year old special needs students to college level biology. Whether you are looking for test prep, review of a specific lesson, or a school long tutor, I believe I can be of some sort of service.
I have worked with Bayada Home Health Care since 2011 as well as the local intermediate unit for over 4 years. Structuring lessons and activities to be fun and keep the interest of our students is vital to our success rate. It is also essential to know how to diffuse a situation before it escalates out of control. With over 8 years of experience in dealing with special needs, I have developed quite the bag of tricks. I have been responsible for not only the physical care and well-being of the child, but also their academic growth as well. Working alongside of colleagues and peers to enhance the quality of life of the child through a steady means of communication, whether it be through communication board or speech, is just one feat accomplished. Aiding in teaching no verbal children to count by using desirable items such as pretzels instead of pegs on a board or spatial recognition by using wooden puzzles or shape boxes are but just a few of the techniques that I utilize to boost my clients' physical and mental wellness.
While at Pennsylvania State University, I was a TA (Teaching Assistant) for biology 127, Plant biology. I reported to Dr. Carolyn Jensen and was in charge of running labs, holding office hours for questions concerns and tutoring. We also had to give tours of green houses and lead lecture when Dr. Jensen was not available. We have done experiments ranging from studying cells to collecting DNA from the cells themselves.
While working in the special needs world, it is quite common to come across ADD/ADHD along with another diagnosis. The key to working with students who have ADD/ADHD is to create a stimulating and creative learning environment in which they can thrive. While at the IU, I helped develop a way in which to keep the attention of our students while doing a craft. This idea was called "creative station craft." A craft was broken up into three parts and there was an activity correlated to that portion of the craft, i.e. a snowman would have a clip from Frosty the Snowman play. This method kept the students engaged for a much more substantial time frame. I was also assigned to aide in the redirection of students who have fallen off task and try to bring them back on topic.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
I have worked with Bayada Home Health Care since 2011 as well as the local intermediate unit for over 4 years. Structuring lessons and activities to be fun and keep the interest of our students is vital to our success rate. It is also essential to know how to diffuse a situation before it escalates out of control. With over 8 years of experience in dealing with Autism, I have developed many different skill sets as well as techniques. The use of communication boards, ipads, dinavox, sign language, writing and speech are all forms of communication that had to be adapted into daily activities and curriculum. I work closely alongside speech pathologists, teachers, aides, occupational therapists and parents to ensure that consistency is established across all fronts.