Mandy C

Northbridge, MA

Elementary Educator

$40/hr

Profile

I have worked the last 15 years in the field of education as a behavior specialist, special education assistant, substitute teacher in elementary schools, as well as my most resent position as a public Preschool teacher. Let me tell you a little bit about who I am as a teacher to give you an idea of my approach to learning. In my most recent position, I developed many great relationships with my students and families. In my classroom, I incorporated the fundamentals of responsive classroom throughout the day. Each day began with a morning meeting that included a greeting, share topic, activity, and message. We worked together to create a family dynamic within our room where students were encouraged to build upon social skills and taking responsibility for their actions through modeling and role-play. Students worked to build empathy, respect, and great friendships while working on using kind words and taking turns. I changed center activities weekly according to theme, and students were provided choice and encouragement to explore a variety of new activities. Some of these centers included an apple stand, grocery store, caves for hibernating animals, and creating our own gingerbread house. I always strive to make learning fun and build upon student interests. Many of my lessons were hands-on and interactive such as in retelling the story of The Mitten by Jan Brett by having students each wear an animal mask and crawl under a white sheet used to represent the mitten. As a strong advocate for family involvement, I organized several family events in the classroom where I was able to develop great relationships with all my students’ families including making gingerbread houses, pumpkin painting, and a Polar Express day.

As an educator, I have always strived to emphasize autonomy and self-control over student’s actions and success. I believe that all children should not only have a place for learning what is taught, but also a place for learning to value one’s self and their role in that success. I believe it is important for students to come to an environment that challenges them while providing a safe and comforting place to learn with emphasis on positivity, understanding, independence, flexibility, and choice. “Each time one prematurely teaches a child something he could have discovered himself, that child is kept from inventing it and consequently from understanding it completely” (Jean Piaget). I am confident that my skills and experiences make me an excellent candidate for tutoring your child and I am eager to get to know you and watch you learn and grow in ways that make sense for you!

Education

Early Childhood Education

Subjects of Expertise

Writing, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Elementary Math (K-6th), Elementary Reading (K-6th)

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