I recently completed by 17th year of teaching. I've spent those years workig in Dallas ISD, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, and Little Elm ISD. I've taught 4th grade Writing/Scinece for 2 years, 14 years of 5th grade Math/Science and 1 year as a Math/ESL Math Instructional Facilitator. As a facilator, I was able to work with grades Kinder-5th as well as coach teachers to help them better implement the curriculum.
I am certified in all subjects 1st-6th grade. I hold an ESL and GT endorsement. I was name Teacher of the Year at my last school. I have been Team Lead for my grade lever for several years.
I am a believer in teaching my students to understand the "why" behind how to solve their problems instead of giving them a "trick" in order to solve them. My pass rate for STAAR ranges from 96%-100% passing.
I enyoy seeing my students at the moment they finally understand something they have been struggling with. For me, I started teaching so that I could mold our students minds into becoming mathematicians in the future. Elementary Math is the foundation of their Math. I love helping my students build strong foundations in this subject.
Ms. Hammond was great. My daughter has struggled in Math all her life. Ms. Hammond took the time to help her out and get her on track. She turned her grade around and passed the star! My daughter loved her as a teacher and said she was amazing!!!
I like to spend time getting to know the students I'm working with. I feel you get better results from students when you know them as a person...know their interests. I like to set goals with my students and discuss how we will accomplish those goals.
I've been teaching for 17 years now.
1 year as a Math/ESL Instructional Facilitator- coach teachers in Kinder-5th grade as well as pull ESL students in small groups.
2 years teaching 4th grade Writing/Science
14 years teaching 5th grade- Math/Science
I charge $25 an hour. This will include a pre test to see where your student is currently, an individualized lesson plan, as well as formative assessments to make sure your student is fully understanding the concepts that are covered.
Teaching has been something I've been wanting to do all my life. I come from a family of teachers, whether it's in the classroom or church.
I worked with all types of students. Students with low income families, high income families, Students with English as a second language, learning disabilities, GT students, etc. Over the 17 years of teaching, I think I've interacted with every type of kid out there.
I had a student in my class this year that struggled the entire year. He did not pass his STAAR testing in 3rd grade nor 4th grade. I was able to connect with him because we both played sports. He was a really big baseball fan. Throughout the year, in order to get him to understand problems, I would try to bring in baseball conversations with him. The day before his Math STAAR test I called him in the hall and told him when have been practicing all year for this day. I told him the test was the same as winning the World Series. He said he wanted to win. He went in took his test, when the results came back, I called him to the hallway again. I looked at him and told him "you won the World Series." He jumped up and down with excitement. His reaction made everything we did this past year worth it.
I would have to say find someone that is passionate about what they do. Someone that is willing to meet you where you are academically and then push you beyond that. Someone that fits your personality.