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Mrs. Valerie van S.

Masters in Elementary Education · specializes in Writing, Reading · 51-60 years old female

"Teaching Strategy

My goals are to be a prepared, knowledgeable , engaging, and encouraging instructor. My first strategy is to prepare before each lesson to create individualized lesson plan. I create and follow a lesson plan that has specific learning outcome(s) for the session. While each lesson is individualized and designed to be engaging, each plan follows a similar sequence so that my students more...

"Teaching Strategy

My goals are to be a prepared, knowledgeable , engaging, and encouraging instructor. My first strategy is to prepare before each lesson to create individualized lesson plan. I create and follow a lesson plan that has specific learning outcome(s) for the session. While each lesson is individualized and designed to be engaging, each plan follows a similar sequence so that my students know what to expect. Another strategy is to engage with my students. I like to model examples, to be a good listener, and to keep my students focused on the session. I work with my students to set goals and give very honest feedback, with the focus on emphasizing the progress my student has made toward his/her goal." less...

Details

years of tutoring: 10 and more
students tutored: 100 and more
travel distance: 0 miles
meeting type: online (only)
member for: 1 year and 2 months
award: apple

Contact

email: on file

Education and Qualifications

school: Rutgers University
certified: Valerie Van Selous is a certified tutor

Education:

1993 NJ Certification (Elementary Education, K-6)

1993 Ed.M. Rutgers University (Elementary Education/Reading Specialist Program)

1988 B.A. Rutgers University (Economics/Sociology)

Education Career: Part-time Reading Specialist for 18 years

Brain Balance, Hopewell Valley Regional School District (substitute), Private Tutor (Pennington/Hopewell)

Private Tutor at two tutoring centers (Sylvan, Chyten)

Broad Mead Nursery School, New Brunswick Learning Center, New Brunswick, Literacy Volunteers of America [LVA] Princeton Public Library

Freelance Writing:

Editing Team, Creative Non-Fiction Magazine and True Story

Editing Team, Brain Child Anthology (A project of Creative Non Fiction)

Published Author, “Miracles Happen”, To Be Inspired: Stories of Courage and Hope after Brain Injury (2016)

“I know Wholeness”, Ruminate, 2017 (Short Piece)

Professional Experience: Language skills instruction to children, teens, and adults. I work primarily with students individually or in small groups on the following skills:

• Writing skills (Teaching Basic Writing Skills program)

• Comprehension (connecting to text, visualization, questioning skills, fix-up strategies)

• Fluency, Vocabulary, Spelling

• English literature (comprehension work with teens)

• Study skills

• Test-prep ( SSAT, SAT, verbal section)

• Metacognition Skills (integrated in all lessons)

• Reading (decoding, sight words, syllables, phonics, word endings etc.)

• Wilson Reading Program (experienced, not certified)

Pennington, NJ 08534

Subjects Tutored

Elementary & Junior High School
English Language ArtsHome Schooling
Language ArtPhonics
ReadingStudy Skills
General Ed
EnglishSpelling
VocabularyWriting