My Name is Erica P. and I am currently a 7th grade Language Arts Teacher in Onslow County. I have experience teaching all grade levels and am certified in both elementary and middle grades education. I began my teaching career as a special education collaborator, then worked as a tutor and as assistant director of education at a Sylvan Learning Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Once I relocated back to the east coast, I worked at a private school teaching science and reading to 5th-8th graders. I finished my master's degree during this time and took a job teaching and counseling at a clinical day program and residential treatment facility. After the program closed, I moved to Charlotte and worked for 3 years in CMS, 1 year in Union County and have now been in Onslow County for 5 years.
I enjoy making connections with students and learning from them. Kids are so unpredictable and can teach me just as much as I teach them.
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I like to speak with parents to identify their area of concern, then I like to sit with the student for a full session to get a feel for their academic concerns and abilities. Once I feel I have an understanding of what the parents and student want and where they are currently performing, I set up a plan to get them to the agreed upon goal.
I have a BA in elementary education and in middle level Language Arts. I also have an MA in mental health counseling and in school counseling.
I typically charge $40 per hour. Payment is due at the end of each session or I will take payments on a weekly or monthly basis once I have a relationship with the family.
I began working in a preschool while I was still in high school. I was a nanny throughout college, and my first teaching job was as a special education collaborator. I also worked as an ELA teacher in a clinical day program working with students from kindergarten through 10th grade. I finally settled into teaching 7th and 8th grade ELA.
I have worked with all types of students including, but not limited to, ESL, EC, AIG, and BD.
An event that I am particularly fond of is when I hear from former students who go into education or English in college. I love to hear from them and how I somehow, sometimes, had a small part in helping them make that decision. Another student contacted me at the end of this school year to tell me that my 8th ELA class inspired her to be an avid reader and to major in education!
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