I started my career in education as a noon supervisor on the playground. My responsibilities were to watch students during lunch and recess to ensure safety. This included conflict resolution and building relationships with students. After two months I became an instructional aide in a K-3 SDC (mild to moderate) classroom. During this time I worked with three students to identify struggles/disabilities, guide behavior, implement techniques for self-help and self-regulation, and tailored teaching techniques.
After five months I had acquired my substitute teaching permit and began working as a substitute teacher. I worked the in-house suspension classroom at two different K-6 schools in the district. During this time I helped to create and implement plans and procedures for one of the schools. This ranged from social/emotional support to tutoring kids that were struggling in class to keep up. I also worked a long-term position for a 5th grade class before the closure of schools. During this time I created lesson plans and projects at the principles request. It was a difficult time for the students having felt abandoned by their teacher. However, I remained consistent in my expectations as well keeping them motivated and engaged. The projects I created and teaching style I implemented seemed to be a hit with the students.
At the beginning of July I was offered to return with a 30 day assignment at the start of the school year. However, a few weeks later the governor put our county on the watch list and put schools into distance learning. I was no longer needed in the classroom and have begun to seek tutoring opportunities. I enjoy helping students who need that little extra (compassion, help, understanding) to succeed. This is my life path and a true pleasure.
Basic Math Skills / Pre-Algebra,
Elementary / Middle School Math,