I'm a retired teacher with specialist qualifications in Literacy and Reading. I live in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, a small city about 60 km south-west of Toronto. One of my greatest pleasures is international travel. My other activities include fitness, reading, gardening, home renovation and learning new things.
I have taught in Japan, Canada and Australia.
For the past 9 years, I have tutored: IELTS preparation; English as a Second Language adults; Primary/Junior/Intermediate Grade students, and on Skype with adults and children from China, Spain, Greece, France and Thailand.
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Waterloo Lutheran University
Primary Education Specialist Certificate, Hamilton Teachers’ College
Reading Specialist, Ontario Ministry of Education
Reading Recovery ™ In-service, Wellington Board of Education
Professional Work Experience:
Present – Owner/Manager, My English - a private tutoring business
2009 to 2011 – Shonan International School, Fujisawa, Japan. Teacher – Canadian English Curriculum
2007 to 2009 – Upper Grand District School Board: Supply Teaching Assistant – English as a Second Language
1972 to 2007 – Upper Grand District School Board. Teacher: Early Literacy; Primary Success; Reading Recovery ™; High Risk/Early Intervention; Teacher Exchange – Grade 1, Canberra, Australia; Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, 2/3 and 3/4.
Facilitator: Associate for College of Education students,
Mentor: College of Education student.
Team Member: Direction Team – School Improvement Plan, and Professional Learning Community – curriculum writing.
Presenter: Action Read – Child Parent Workshops; Staff Workshops – Ministry of Education Guidelines; and, Parent Workshops – Literacy Skills, Pre-School Orientation.
Coordinator: Parent volunteers, Student-at-risk funding; Fanshawe Community College tutors; Co-chair, Primary division; Curriculum Implementation; Pre-school orientation activity bags; Educational Assistants – exceptional students; and, Home reading, leveled reading library and Primary cross-grade guided reading.
My tutoring is based on three components: learning needs; learning outcomes, and reflection. My first task is to assist you to identify your learning needs and concerns. Next, you and I will build a program with precise learning outcomes that focus on and address your specific needs. Finally, we will review the lesson to ensure that it was enjoyable and enhanced your English language skills.
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