I have been teaching reading and mathematics for the past ten years. I began as a GED and study-skills tutor while finishing my undergraduate degree at William and Mary. Upon completion, I taught remedial reading and creative writing to DC incarcerated youth. I also have taught basic reading and mathematic skills to students with high school and middle school students with special needs. I have also taught mathematics from basic arithmetic to Algebra II. I have taught in a variety of educational settings, including public and charter schools, detention centers, alternative educational settings, after-school programs, and one-on-one tutoring sessions. I currently offer private tutoring and teach remedial reading at my local community college.
Although I have a variety of educational experiences, my current passion and focus is on reading instruction- in particular, developing vocabulary through etymological study. Studies have shown that by organizing vocabulary study via words' etymological components increases the number of words students can learn in a week (as well as improve upon their comprehension of the word in various contexts). I believe all learning should be relevant to our daily lives. My students always ask how certain concepts will be/are relevant to every day life. If I cannot answer this question, then what I am teaching? Simply an abstract idea for the purpose of them saying they "know" something? That does not create progressive thinking in our society. I believe our role as educators is to cultivate the minds of our learners. Educate means to draw out, and we are to draw out our students' natural abilities by teaching them the skills to refine their raw talents. I believe in the standard of a classical education, the use of Socratic questioning, and the importance of understanding modalities of learning. Most of all, I believe people are natural learners, so as educators, we must be patient, open, and flexible to the needs of our student. Students are our disciples, as they follow our lead, so we must also display a compassionate and trusting attitude- this is how we cultivate a mind.
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Masters in the Art of Teaching in Special Education (George Washington University; Literacy Cooperative) BA in Government and Interdisciplinary Studies (College of William and Mary) Advanced Diploma (Centreville High School)
I am a special education teacher in Washington, DC; I teach 9th grade English and Algebra I. I also have a tutoring program called "The Cultivated Mind" offering one-on-one and small group instruction in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and test-prep. I have an astrology business called "Moor Astrology"- it is also a passion. History and culture are important to me. And healthy living is vital to cultivating one's mind and wellness. Thanks for reading!