Hello! My name is Emily and I am a former K-12 ELL and Special Education teacher. I have taught in multiple states including Virginia, Maryland and Oregon. I have a degree in Special Education/General Education K-8 and an ESL endorsement from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. I am currently working on my children's book and decided to step out of the classroom, but I miss the relationships I built with my former students on a day to day basis!
I am also a mommy to a special four year old boy who I love dearly and dedicate quite a bit of my time to. The majority of my teaching experience has been at the elementary level with both English Language Learners and Special Education students. I have also been a classroom teacher in both 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. I am well versed in the Common Core and know that I have some creative talents when it comes to helping students and parents understand and work within the scope of these new standards.
I have also tutored older students in English as a Second Language and ACT prep (mostly Reading/Writing). I LOVE teaching, reading and using rich vocabulary and would LOVE to help students deepen their understanding of the tricky (yet useful) English language.
In my free time, I work on my book, spend quality time with my son and our cat and puppy and enjoy reading Oscar Wilde's work. I can't wait to meet you and begin working with you!
Undergraduate Degree: Towson University - Bachelors, Education/Special Education
Graduate Degree: Pacific University - Masters, Education/ESL
Yoga, running, reading, writing, spending time with my son at the beach, playing with my dog and cat, drinking coffee!
What is your teaching philosophy?
I need to get to know you and your learning style before I launch into this answer. For some students, hands on learning is necessary; for others, visuals and auditory input may be more powerful. I work with my students' strengths to help them get stronger.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know them. I would ask them questions about what they do well and where they want to improve. We may set some goals at this point, or I may use the information I gather to prepare some assessments to figure out the best way to approach their needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By building on previous knowledge and scaffolding new information, presenting it in a way that works best for the student. Eventually, the tutor begins to remove some of the scaffolds put in place, and releases the information to the student when they demonstrate autonomy and the ability to explain their thinking on a particular subject on their own.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Research new ways of presenting the information, and give the student multiple forms of input.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
By helping a student connect to the text in ANY way, we can improve comprehension. Also, teaching them skills to help them pull out key information that directly relates to the questions being asked.