I first became interested in teaching through volunteer work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. I enjoyed working with young children, and school experience confirmed teaching as a career choice. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master's Degree in Reading K-12 from the State University College at Potsdam. Soon after, I was hired as an itinerant remedial reading teacher for two years, then as a permanent substitute teacher for an additional two years. I moved on to work... [more]
Having a strong vocabulary is essential for communicating through speech and written work. I strive to make sure my students use more impressive words in their work to earn extra points. My students will learn the value of this over time.
Grammar is another topic I covered in my classroom multiple times per day. It is important that a student understands this concept so that they can communicate effectively with others. I have created tips and tricks to help children remember what was taught.
Later in my career, I attended workshops and took a course at our local college to learn about Microsoft Word. Now, I have a strong understanding of this word processor and am able to help students struggling with it. It's important for students to be computer savvy in this day and age, and Microsoft Word is a program commonly used.
I worked as a reading specialist for grades K-2 for many years and have a Master's in Reading for grades K-12. It is my favorite subject. Over the years, I've worked with special needs students as well as boys and girls with above grade level comprehension.
Having good writing skill is the key to succeed. I will work with those I tutor to be sure they write impeccably. We will work together to achieve excellence and will meet their writing goals.
I have had a passion for literature almost all of my life. I've incorporated pieces of literary work into my classroom throughout my entire career. Whether it is something as simple as "The Cat in the Hat" or as sophisticated as "The Lord of the Rings", I've found a way to include it into my lessons. I like to break down the important events that occur with my students to be sure they are understanding what is happening and are keeping up with the plot.
Proofreading comes naturally to me. Being a reading teacher, I can quickly point out errors and make suggestions to the student to make their work as perfect and professional looking as possible. I have proofread everything from first grade extended response questions to dissertations.