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Hello, my name is Sonya Prince and I am from Chicago Illinois. I have two sisters in which I am the middle child. I have been out west for three years. I really enjoy being in such a quiet slower paced environment. Although I do not have any children at this time, I would like to have at least one of my own eventually.
I served as an elementary education teacher for 6 years as a kindergarten, first, second, and third grade teacher. I have worked with a wide range of learners including infants to college level. I have experience with gifted students as well as learners with special needs. I have worked as a substitute teacher for approximately 2 years and worked as a directors assistant in early childhood centers as well. I received a Bachelors degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. I have two masters degrees, one in special education and the other in Special Education Directorship with an endorsement in administration as a school principal from both Governors State University and Lewis University. I am currently a doctoral student at Grand Canyon University studying organizational leadership with an emphasis in nonprofit.
I enjoy fine dining, great movies, racecar/go-cart driving, going to amusement parks, and relaxing with my family. I do not have any hobbies but I do enjoy spending time with the people I love. I can say that I enjoy working and I spend most of my time thinking of innovative business opportunities and coming up with new inventions to improve everyday life.
I aspire to be a great leader in any setting. I would like to be effective and efficient enough to work in a school setting, nonprofit setting, or as a business leader in my own organization. I have made the huge decision to obtain a doctorate degree to further my knowledge and expertise in the area of leadership because I would like to help with the change of our current economic, social, emotional, and environmental issues seen within our school systems, businesses, and daily lives of learners. I believe I can do this by encouraging and inspiring people through great leadership, mentoring, and facilitation of revolutionary ideas and innovations. I also believe that furthering my education will lend great opportunities for my family and me.

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Sonya’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Bachelors, Elementary Education

Graduate Degree: Lewis University - Masters, Administrative Principal

Hobbies

Reading, writing, creating worksheets, activities, and handouts for other teachers, watching movies, cooking, and eating

Tutoring Subjects

COMPASS Reading Prep

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

MAP Prep

Math

Other

Phonics

Spelling Bee

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

The strategies that I have found to be most successful when first starting to work with students is to understand the student's learning styles. I observe and take anecdotal and mental notes as well on the student. Making the student comfortable by addressing and discussing personal interest and building a personal connection is key. I then begin to ask basic academic questions that will build confidence and motivation, as well as to allow students to have success within the initial stages.


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