Student Centered Learning is the focus of my instruction. In my experience, a student's individual needs and personality drive instruction. Once an educator has identified the student's strengths and weakness, they can use the student's strengths to support their weaknesses. For the past 27 years, I have educated students ranging in from age 5 through adulthood, including those at the graduate level. I am a certified educator in Illinois and Florida and hold a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Florida Southern College, and a Master of Arts in Reading Education from the University of South Florida. In addition, I am a published author in association with Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society for educator. Literacy has become my passion in education. In working with students, I have been able to increase their reading and writing skills by two or three grade level from our first encounter. No matter where a student is in their educational career, once they have attained a proficient level in both reading and writing skills, they possess the tools of a self-learner.
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Tampa - Bachelor of Science, Elementary School Teaching
Graduate Degree: University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee - Master of Arts, Reading Teacher Education
Graduate Degree: Florida Southern College - Doctor of Education, Urban Education and Leadership
On a more personal level, my life centers around my family. Shortly after we both retired, my husband and I relocated to Chicago from Tampa, Florida to be closer to our adult children. A strong family holds a special place in my heart. In addition to family, I enjoy the company of my cat, Cinque, and my grand-pets, Lucy, Noodle, and Baxter. I also put a great deal of value into physical fitness. I regularly workout at our local gym and follow a guided nutrition plan. Among my other interests are sewing, reading and jazz.
ACT Study Skills and Organization
ACT with Writing
Certified Reading Intervention
College Application Essays
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
Middle School Reading
Middle School Writing