Hello Prospective Client, I am a diligent, ambitious and innovative educator with five years' firsthand experience. I have documented success in creating activities to motivate students, foster their strengths and address their weaknesses. I graduated summa cum laude with a specialized Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Dyslexia. My ability to appreciate and inspire students with learning differences such as Language Processing Disorders, Autism Spectrum... [more]
I am an Orton Gillingham trained associate. The Orton Gillingham research has been used since the 1930's and has been involved in a multitude of studies. The Orton-Gillingham approach is based on a technique of studying and teaching language, understanding the nature of human language, the mechanisms involved in learning, and the language-learning processes in individuals. Using Orton-Gillingham teaching sessions are action-oriented and involve constant interaction. I use auditory, visual, and kinesthetic elements and all language skills taught are reinforced by having the student listen, speak, read and write.
I am currently an ESL instructor. I teach Hispanic-Americans the rules and exceptions of the English language. Learning English can be quite challenging to individuals who are learning English as their second language. I have documented success in making their learning experiences more enjoyable and fulfilling.
As a Speech-Language Therapist, I have had the pleasure of working with K-6th grade elementary students for five years. It is through this experience that I have learned that the K-6th elementary student is curious, yet bored easily. I have had to use WebQuests, Animoto's and other innovative projects to keep them focused and learning. A reward or point system is also very motivating for a K-6th grade elementary student. Therefore, I offer a unique system that allows the K-6th student to cash their points or rewards in every month so they can have a look into the 'treasure chest'.
I have done extensive graduate level research on Phonics Awareness. One research project was presented at the Mississippi Speech and Hearing Association Conference. My graduate coursework in Dyslexia centered around phonics, phonemic and phonological awareness.
While pursuing my Masters of Education I took very few classes that taught different approaches to helping students with their study skills. I have created over three strategies that are being considered for publishing. Also as a former graduate student I am blithely aware of what it takes to develop studying skills.
I have attained a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in the Special Education spectrum. With this in mind, I am well-versed in the terminology used to identify and diagnose special needs individuals. I have worked on Individualized Education Plans to suit the needs of special needs learners. I am also the founder of a company that supports the community of special/exceptional learners in the state of Mississippi.
I help exceptional and special needs learners to locate post secondary and vocational options. I have done this for many years as I have a current clientele of 50+ students. It is my goal in life to help others become successful.
My company has helped over 15 high school level students secure spot in post-secondary institutions with the past 3 months. With this in mind, I have worked with students in every aspect of their college admission process. This includes: narrowing down school selections, transcript advisement, writing essays, locating recommendators and seeking test prep
As a former Speech-Language Pathologist, 60% of my student caseload consisted of students with ADD/ADHD. I worked with these students, their parents and teachers tirelessly to create and design helpful learning strategies. I also created Individualized education plans for these students so that their teachers could implement the proper accommodations and modifications for their classroom instruction.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
I hold a current certificate from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in regards to their esteemed evidence based research program is called Structured TEACCHING Autism. This program informed me of the intricacies of teaching Autistic children. Also I am now aware of how to create successful activity and lesson scheduling for Autistic students.
I possess of Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction of Dyslexia and other Language-Based Learning Disabilities. This program introduced me to the acquired and hereditary forms of dyslexia. It also provided me with a knowledge of evidence based practice approaches to treat dyslexia.
Hard of Hearing
I interned at the Mississippi School for Deaf and learned about cochlear implants and how to educate students that are hard of hearing and deaf. I am familiar with the American Sign Language as I use it regularly. Also I have been the honorary panelist at 2 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Spelling Bee's at the MS School for the Deaf.
I am a speech-language therapist. I have presented speech-language research at a statewide conference. I earned a specialized Master's degree in Language-Based Learning Disorders. I have been in the field for five years and I recently completed a American Speech-Language & Hearing Association training certificate course which detailed the ramifications for school-aged children who stutter.
While pursuing my Master's of Education I took courses related to how handwriting can expose signs of dyslexia. I am skilled in creating strategies to assist students in their pursuit of neat handwriting. One of the strategies I am currently working on is the Project Read Curriculum.
I have worked in the public school sector for 5 years. With this in mind, I am very familiar with the details of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. in addition, I have written numerous research papers that describe the pro's and con's of Common Core which required extensive research and knowledge to complete.