I am a dual graduate of Adelphi University. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and my Master of Science degree in Reading Education. I have experience working both as an elementary school teacher and reading specialist in an elementary school, working with students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. In my time as a reading specialist, I have worked to improve students' decoding, comprehension, and writing skills by using a variety of high-interest resources and engaging in age appropriate activities. During my work as a private tutor with elementary, middle school, and high school students, I have been able to design lessons that focus on specific areas of concern, in order to boost the confidence levels of my students. I have found that working with students in an individual and small group setting allows students to feel more at ease when expressing their questions. Developing a rapport with my students enables me to determine the best approach to administering meaningful instruction. I have found that learning what interests each student and selecting materials that are in keeping with these interests enables the students to become more engaged in their learning, which yields more successful results. I am a firm believer in providing much encouragement and positive feedback when working with struggling readers. This often leads to students who want to work harder to make improvements.
There is nothing more rewarding than teaching students how to navigate the process of learning how to decode unfamiliar words, how to better understand what they read, and how to express themselves in written form, as well. I am honored to play such an important role in their development since reading and writing are skills that are essential in every aspect of a person's life.
In my spare time, I enjoy doing crossword puzzles and attending sporting events with my family, especially baseball games. I also am fascinated with learning about my family's history through the study of genealogy.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Adelphi University - Bachelor of Science, Elementary School Teaching
Graduate Degree: Adelphi University - Master of Science, Reading Teacher Education
My interests include traveling, reading, and sports. My hobbies include doing crossword puzzles and genealogy.