I am a Learning Specialist and Cognitive Developer working to assist students of all ages through difficult areas of education. My work has been tried with students and then modified as I see their response to worksheets, short stories, etc. during the last 22 years (since 1992). While I work individually on a tutorial basis or small groups, my graphics and content is aimed at simplifying concepts to best transfer learning for all students. My Master's degree in psychology is used to observe and discover ways in which students learn easiest, and find my graphics both helpful and motivational.
As a Learning Specialist I work with students who have special needs (both behaviorally and cognitively). I develop worksheets in sequences to build upon concepts. These worksheets are placed in binders which I give students for their own satisfaction to see progress as well as to be used as a reference tool in future years. I apply visually attractive graphics on nearly all worksheets, short stories, practice quiz/tests, etc. that I can to maintain interest. My close attention to detail (with both students and my curriculum) is important to me for quality production and success.
Association for the Tutoring Professionals certificates (3) of appreciation for training presentations and specialty participation received during their 2012 annual conference as well as for specific online presentations. I hold a professional membership status with Learning Disabilities Assoc. of WA State (since ~2010). I am a well-established Learning Specialist/Academic Tutor and Student Advocate in the greater Seattle, WA "eastside" school districts as well as a referral source of pediatric psychologists for teaching Executive Functioning skills.
Master of Education (psychology-counseling) obtained at Seattle Pacific University in 1982 ~ BA (pyschology) from University of WA, Seattle, WA ~ Art and English/writing emphasis during AA degree ~ Art instruction from private artist for realistic and multi-media production
Author of, The Tutor, a collection of vignettes based on 20 years of tutorial experience (released April 2012 on Amazon). Author and illustrator of children's books for early readers (3 books) originally written for autistic students and beginning readers (Amazon). Author of other articles and blogs for online educational purposes. Resident of Redmond, WA, with David Boyle, husband and wildlife photographer, and two doxie dogs who sit in my lap while I work daily at the keyboard. I live in a beautiful forested area of the Pacific Northwest where frogs gather to croak loudly at night from Feb. to July, and I deal with my allergy to the lovely pine trees that surround me.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, English, Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Character Education, Study Skills, Basic Reading, Basic Math, Writing, ESL / ELL / EFL, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Poetry, For All Subjects, Handwriting