In addition to being a freelance writer, I have worked with general education and special education students for more than ten years. My students have included those who have been diagnosed with autism, ADHD, Down syndrome, Usher syndrome, CHARGE syndrome, and Tourette syndrome. I have also worked with children who are deaf and hard of hearing as well as children who exhibit extreme emotional and behavioral issues.
Many students have learned to read, write, and become proficient in math under my tutelage. For example, a seventh grader, who read on a second grade level, advanced to a fifth grade level in less than six months. Developing a positive relationship with students, consistency, and a willingness to hold students accountable, has been the key to academic success.
As a result of working at a Montessori school, a magnet school, and the American School for the Deaf, I bring five skills to the table to ensure high quality service and a satisfied customer: flexibility, collaboration, creativity, persuasion, and emotional intelligence. Please feel free to view my work experience below.
Provided independent instruction and supervision for children,ages 3-17, including those who are deaf or have been diagnosed with autism, Down syndrome, Usher syndrome, CHARGE syndrome, and ADHD. Trained in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. Experience in classroom management. Private tutor in reading, writing, mathematics, and standardized test preparation. Designs and/or writes newsletters and other promotional material.
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
B.A., Liberal Arts
Publisher, Power Point, Excel, Word, Prezi, Schoology, Mobymax, Google Classroom
Special Education Teacher's Aide 2008-2019
Capitol Region Education Council (CREC), Hartford, Connecticut
Provided instruction and supervision for children with special needs including those who exhibit extreme emotional and behavioral issues. Assisted students, ages 3-15, with reading, writing, math, and science.
Involved with the development and implementation of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
Teacher’s Aide 2006-2007
American School for the Deaf, West Hartford, Connecticut
Provided tutorial assistance to deaf and hard of hearing adolescents, ages 13-17, including those with autism, Down syndrome, Usher syndrome, and CHARGE syndrome. Evaluated student performance and assisted with Individualized Education Program (IEP) development. Maintained records of homework assignments, appointments with counselors, speech-language pathologists, and healthcare providers.
Design Consultant 2003-2006
Home Depot, West Hartford, Connecticut
Assisted customers with selection of products and services with respect to interior design. Made assessment and proper recommendations based on project, style, and personality. Sold special order merchandise. Also assisted customers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Increased customer base through multicultural awareness and continuing education.
The Write Choice, Baltimore, Maryland
Served as independent contractor for various organizations including the Urban Leadership Institute, Signs and Unique Designs, Irvin Gates, LLC, and A Taste of Honey Caterers. Produced newsletters, program booklets, brochures, business cards, letterhead, postcards, and other promotional material.
I enjoy interacting with students from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, seeing the light in their eyes when they begin to feel more confident about their abilities, and watching them improve academically.
Chris is an awesome tutor. She was willing to tutor my adult friend who struggles with English and has been very patient from the beginning. She creates personalized lessons on Google classroom and makes it easy to locate all the learning materials. She also incorporates poetry and the tutee's interests into her lessons as well. My friend constantly expresses how Chris is able to explain concepts that were so difficult for her to understand before. Chris is very good at what she does and I highly recommend her!
Professional and caring! Always provides feedback.
We approached Ms. Blount in order to help our 3 year old to speak better English since it is his second language and he needed improvement. Ms. Blount was very patient with our son, always had new learning materials ready for our online sessions, and she was always able to capture his attention with something interesting. Online classes are quite challenging especially with a toddler, but Ms. Blount did a phenomenal job engaging him and captivated his interest incorporating animals, activities, songs that our son likes. Learning was like playing! Fun and entertaining! Thank you for all your help!
Academic success always begins with building a positive relationship with the student. I ask questions like "What's your favorite color?", "What television shows do you like?", "What video games or board games do you like to play?", "Do you have any hobbies?", "Do you like sports?", "What's your favorite subject in school?", and "What's one of your favorite movies?", and "What types of books do you like to read?"
Asking questions upfront usually makes the student feel more comfortable and it shows that you are interested in them as a person.
I also clearly explain my expectations and ask the student and the parent if they have any questions. Even special education students perform at the level of your expectation.
Finally, I ask the parent about current grade level with respect to reading and writing, what the student's strengths are, and what they want improved.
I always end on a positive note, celebrating where the student is right now and always encouraging them to improve on what they already know or have recently learned. When a student feels successful, they will always try harder and give you more.
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