I have a love for learning and a love for teaching. I have my Master's degree in Special Education, Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS1) and Secondary English Language Arts certifications. My Bachelor's degree is in English from Northeastern University. I am also a Certified Behavior Instructor for students with Autism. Being in the top 15% of my Graduate school class and having graduated college with Summa Cum Laude honors, I know that hard work and dedication in education pays off. I hold myself to a very high standard in my own education, and I like to instill these same values in my students.
I spend my days as a Special Education teacher for Chicago Public Schools, working with students in kindergarten through 8th grade. I have also been working as an independent tutor for the last few years. I have extensive experience working with individuals of all ages with a diverse range of needs, including those associated with Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, cognitive delays, and general literacy troubles. I excel in differentiation and the creation of successful learning plans for students. While I work in the field of Special Education, I also have experience in general education classrooms. I have tutored English and taught various classes (literature, composition, phonics) at elementary through high school levels. I have designed curricula, assessments, and activities. For over five years, I also worked for an academic essay assistance company, where I helped with academic essays ranging from middle school through post-college work.
In my tutoring, I use research-based educational programs, while also integrating the latest educational technology to complement each student's learning program. I have access to applications and programs that are highly accredited and used in schools, and I believe that they not only provide additional practice, but they also increase student engagement. I create individualized and differentiated programs for students of all ages, learning styles, skill levels, and needs. I can simply help students with their homework or I can create an individualized plan to enhance other skills.
I always want to make sure that students are satisfied with each lesson. I assign challenging homework but I never do so without providing the proper instruction and assistance. I will also provide you with progress reports as often as you prefer. I am flexible and I am here to help YOU!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Northeastern University - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: DePaul University - Masters, Special Education
Reading, writing, painting, spending time with family
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills
ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning
CLEP College Composition
College Application Essays
College Level American Literature
Elementary School English
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Poetry
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization