As a life-long educator, I have actively sought out ways to improve my knowledge base regarding strategies to help students with math and reading.
To help achieve these goals, I have earned a Master's Degree as well as Elementary Math and Reading specialist certifications and National Board Certification. Other training which I have put into practice are Reading Recovery (individualized early childhood reading intervention), Singapore Math and Responsive Classroom.
As a former elementary classroom teacher, Title I teacher, educational consultant, workshop presenter, and blog author, my passion has been to bring strategies to students (and teachers) which are motivating and promote deep understanding of concepts.
Regarding math, this often involves starting out with hands-on materials and pictorial models before moving to more abstract thinking. I help students explain their thinking and guide them to work toward greater independence. And I love to use games as a method of practice! There are multiple strategies for solving problems, and I am experienced in modeling and teaching students how to successfully do them. Do your KG students know how to subitize (recognize quantity without physically counting)? Do your first grade students know number bonds (different ways to combine numbers for a specific sum)? Do your second graders have a good understanding of ten and place value - and can they use number sense to help with rounding? Do your third graders know what multiplication and division mean - are they using known facts to help with new ones? Do your fourth graders know multiplication models such as partial products and partial quotients? Do your fifth graders understand ways to analyze and compare fractions without tricky sayings?
With reading, a goal is to help students self-monitor and self-correct. They learn ways to decode words (simple and complex), and how to apply that with text and writing, as well as improve comprehension and fluency. Do your KG-2nd grade children know different ways to use text to decode words other than "sound it out?" Do your 3rd-5th grade students understand the five basic text structures and how to use those to enhance comprehension?
I also provide tips to parents to help their child at home, if requested.
Right now, I am only offering online assistance. I can use Zoom or Varsity Tutor's program. Both allow me to upload materials or resources and see each other face-to-face. I will admit I am new at using these platforms, but am good with technology and will be practicing as much as possible. Since I love using manipulatives when needed for math, I will also arrange to get some in my students' hands to use during our sessions.
I have a calm, quiet personality . . . but I have the ability to motivate and encourage students. Because of my extensive background with students (KG-5th), I have been able to share strategies with students (teachers and parents, too), that were previously unknown to them - but do not require special programs or purchased materials. After showing some 5th graders a multiplication strategy called "doubling and halving," one student said, "I love this! Where have you been all my life?"
My husband and I moved to the Tucson area recently to be closer to family. We are happy to be here! I am eager to continue my educational career and provide some guidance to students and families during this uncertain time.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Cameron University - Bachelor of Science, Elementary School Teaching
Graduate Degree: Cameron University - Master of Science, Reading Teacher Education
Right now, one of my main interests is interacting with my 7 year old grandson! I enjoy nature (easy hikes and great scenery) and working with plants and gardening. As a long-time educator, I also find it interesting to research and create educational resources in my spare time. Also high on my list is home decorating projects, even those that involve sewing and crafts. I definitely like to "stay busy!"