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!
Undergraduate Degree: Bay Path College - Bachelors, Liberal Studies with Elementary Education
Graduate Degree: American International College - Masters, Special Education
Reading, Traveling, Camping
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.