I am a 6th grade learning specialist at a Massachusetts Public School. I also worked in Marlborough as a para-educator for 7 1/2 years in grades 1-4. I specialize in modifying and shaping lessons to students' needs. I have experience with children who have: dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, add/adhd, developmental delays, neurological disorders, brain trauma, autism spectrum disorder, communication disorders and executive functioning delays.
Favorite subjects include: elementary math (k-6), social studies, ELA and writing. Some fun facts about me include:
* I am getting married in October to my wonderful fiance Harold
* We have a 4 year old greyhound named Hector
* I love Disney World
* Travels include 20 states and 7 countries
* Family: 5 half sisters; 1 brother; 30 nieces and nephews
* I love all things chocolate and iced tea!
Bay Path College - Bachelors, Liberal Studies with Elementary Education
American International College - Masters, Special Education
College Level American History
Elementary School Math
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
Study Skills and Organization
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first get to know the student through small conversation. Then we would set some goals for our tutoring sessions. After that I would like to see where that student is at in the skills I was asked to tutor. For instance, if I were asked to tutor someone in multiplication/division skills, I would do some basic multiplication flashcard drills.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe the best path to independence is to gain confidence through careful guidance.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
This depends on the student. The power of a sticker is extraordinary, even in 6th graders!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to bring it to life by relating it something the student can identify with. For instance, I like to compare algebraic equations to a spy's secret code.