I am an experienced, passionate certified Elementary Reading Specialist/Teacher and Tutor. I have 11 years of in-person and online tutoring experience. I tutor Phonics, Reading, Writing, and Math. I have experience as a Reading Specialist, Academic Support Instruction Teacher, Title I Teacher, and Elementary Teacher in NJ & PA. I also taught a Varsity Tutors Virtual Bridge the Learning Gap: Reading Class Camp this summer for Kindergarten-1st Grade students.
I have a Post-Master's as a Reading Specialist from The College of New Jersey. I have an MAT in Elementary Education and a Bachelor's in English with a minor in Professional Writing from The College of New Jersey. I have taken courses on best practices for teaching Literacy. As a lifelong learner, I stay up to date on current literacy teaching practices and continue to learn through Professional Development Workshops. I attended Fundations and Wilson Reading Professional Development Workshops, and received certificates. I will be watching additional Wilson Reading webinars this summer. I attend Reading and Writing Workshops at The College of New Jersey, Rutgers University, and Rider University to improve my teaching craft. I also attended Teachers College Reading Workshop training. I attended the Teachers College June Reading Institute 2020 as well as the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education Virtual Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham training course this summer, and received certificates. I read Professional Books on Literacy and Teaching. I participate in Reading/Technology webinars for Reading Specialists and Teachers. I am also participating in a "Fresh Look at Phonics" book club with Reading Specialists/Teachers this summer.
I hold high expectations for myself and my students. I get to know students' interests to increase their motivation. When I am planning lessons, I am mindful of students' needs. I use assessment to drive my instruction. I use differentiated
instruction to focus on the skills students need the most assistance with. I explain the goals of the lessons using an I Can... statement. I provide students with helpful Reading, Writing, and Math strategies that they can use independently.
I use books, technology, activities, as well as games to make learning fun and keep students engaged.
I have open communication with students and parents. I would like students to develop a growth mindset and achieve their goals.
Undergraduate Degree: The College of New Jersey - Bachelor in Arts, English
Graduate Degree: The College of New Jersey - Master of Arts, Reading Teacher Education
Spending time with friends and family, reading books for my Book Club, exercising, watching movies, listening to music, traveling, and nature
Certified Reading Intervention
Elementary School English
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Writing
Late Elementary Reading Comprehension
Orton Gillingham Reading
PRAXIS Core Math
PRAXIS Core Reading
PRAXIS Core Writing
PRAXIS Elementary School
Robust Reading Class
Short Story Fairytales