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Graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Masters degree in Education, where I also received endorsements in Reading and ESOL instruction. I am originally from the Caribbean and was raised in West New York, NJ.

Fluent in Spanish, written and spoken. I was in bilingual classes through some of my K-12 Education. Because English was considered by second language, I, like many of my fellow students, struggled in reading.

Currently in a doctoral program in Central Florida for Educational Leadership. My personal motto is that "Failure" is a sign that you are trying. We learn more from failure than we do from success.

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Dalena’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Florida - Bachelors, Psychology

Graduate Degree: University of Central Florida - Masters, Elementary Education


Travelling, reading, cooking, spending with my dogs, listening to music, yoga, kayaking, hiking.

Tutoring Subjects


Adult Literacy

College English

Conversational Spanish



Essay Editing

High School English

High School Writing


Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing



Special Education


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

TPR- Total Physical Response. The fastest way to stimulate the mind is to move the body. I can use a charades game to act out story to teach "summarizing". I can use a beach ball with key comprehension questions to ask. The student is responsible to answer the question where his/her thumb landed. I also use Kagan Strategies, such as rolling of the dice, round-robin, Jig-Saw, etc.

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