"Some people say the greatest calling in life is to be a teacher. No, the greatest calling in life is to be a Student. Never, stop being a Student of the world around you—a Student of the things that teach you about yourself." Cecilia G. Laureys- St. Elizabeth College
STATEMENT STUDENTS HAVE TOLD ME, STAYED WITH THEM:
"If you have low expectations of children, they will live down to them."
"What you learn, is yours for the rest of your lives. Nothing can break it. No one can take it. When we learn, in any and all ways, it's ours, for the rest of our lives."
"By learning how to learn, all that you learned today, can be applied to your lives from this moment."
I practice positive re-enforcement.
I aim to encourage students who are not performing their best, or are misbehaving by bestowing praise upon those who are. Example, Heather is not paying attention, and then begins to distract the student beside her. Instead of reprimanding Heather, I put the energy and the attention on a possitive behavior of another student, say... Jalen. "Jalen, thank you for being such a good listener today, you are being very respectful and attentive. Also, Ryder, you have been participating so well by raising your hand to read, and to answer questions. Good for you!" I have noticed that this works for the younger students, as well as those up through high school... (but with adjustments to the wording and cadence of course!)
From K through 12, I explain the importance of rules. I review how rules, like laws, are based upon everyone respecting one another. Respect is the basis of rules and laws. I establish FOUR rules, no matter what the age/class level. If of further interest, I will elaborate upon the pleasure of a request for further input or meeting.
Rules and laws allow all of us to enjoy the benefits of any situation and are important so everyone can enjoy themselves. I conduct an introduction of about 10 minutes…We have rules at beaches and pools, at playgrounds and in movie theaters. We have rules about driving and rules on airplanes. Depending on the age of the substitute class or of my tutoring students, I ask them to share some rules that they know of within or outside of the tutoring or classroom lessons. I ask them to imagine if those rules were not in place. (The feedback over the years has been wonderfully insightful, for both student and teacher/tutor and often humorous.)
I then inform to student, or class, what the rules are, (tutoring, substitute or lead teaching). These are always incorporated in FOUR standard “rules”. These are reviewed and explained. I always have already created a visual with these rules for every private tutoring or teaching student, and for substitute or lead classroom teaching. This is affixed in a visible place.
I am enthusiastic about ALL the subjects, planning hands-on activities in association with lessons. I am also 100 percent focused on whole education, of the student. I integrate other subjects and associations of the lessons to their lives and future...
I also created many games for full class participation that are 100 percent learning reviews, and so much fun that all classes, Pre-K through 12, love these learning and review 'games'. It is the enthusiasm of teaching, such as this, that instills the joy of learning to each student.
I developed curriculum accepted by 2 of Southern CA most respected private schools: The Marywood Country Day School, 4 and 5th, and the Palm Valley School, 6th through 12th. After submitting my curriculum plan, I was offered a teaching position so to implement the curriculum I designed...on both campuses.
Before this, I had been lead classroom teacher of full academics to 2nd grade: Spelling, Math, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, Science.
The progress of my 2nd-grade students (lead teacher), among whom three were ESL, was so significant that end of year out-testing placed 11 of 13 at above the average second-grade outgoing
The end of year assessment of my class of 13 was such that my students went from basic to below second-grade levels at the start of the year, to achieve Spelling, Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Science basics at grade levels beyond 2nd grade. This included 3 English second language students.
I also taught Pre-K and had the pleasure of substitute teaching elementary and high school, as well as being a reoccurring 'helper' teacher some time ago at Camp Sundial for individuals with disabilities.
I also was a 4th through 12th-grade art Teacher.
Many of my art students went on to careers in the arts: Katherine K: Disney Animator, LA, Stephanie: Character Designer Nickelodeon LA, Arianna B: Accessories Designer SF, Casey J: Award-winning Architect Palm Desert, Garrett W: Graphic Designer, SC, KellieS: Architect, LA... and others.
I have over 25 recomendation letters written by parents, fellow teachers, students, and from employers including Heads of School and Animation employers, and multiple letters attesting to my character. I have no legal/criminal background, excellent driving records of decands and excellent credit. Background checks are welcomed.
Whatever subject or the age, being a true teacher, to whom everything is interlinked, comes from the heart. I think reach students and impart the link between teaching, and learning. When one loves what they do that much, they are happy to get up in the morning to go to work. I am happiest when I am teaching and my goal is happiness-for me and for my students.
I aim to encourage students who are not performing their best, or are misbehaving by bestowing praise upon those who are. Example, Heather is not paying attention, and then begins to distract the student beside her. Instead of reprimanding Heather, I put the energy and the attention on a positive behavior of another student:. "Jalen, thank you for being such a good listener today, you are being very respectful and attentive. Also, Ryder, you have been participating so well by raising your hand to read, and to answer questions. Good for you!" I have noticed that this works for the younger students, as well as those up through high school... (but with adjustments to the wording and cadence of course!)
Cecilia M Laureys
2860 N. Los Felices Rd. # 117, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Pratt Institute of Art, NYC: Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree - Honors Grad 1986
St. Elizabeths College, NJ: First Year Assoc Degree Program in Journalism - Deans List
CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) - 2004 and CA Commission Cred #(concealed information)
Creator of children's educational print, film & digital media, presently teaching these for further growth and fulfillment.
Tutor and Substitute Teacher 2010-2016: Morris County, NJ; Los Angeles, Ca.; Palm Springs, Ca.:
On call Sub for Charter and Private Schools, Tutor for 2nd through 12th under auspices of Agencies
including Teachers On Reserve; Kinder Art; Teach Street; and WyzAnt
In Home Tutor/Teacher 2009: Woodland Hills, Ca.: Taught an 8yr. old and 13 yr old.
Lead Subjects included Math, Art, Science, Spelling, and Social Studies
Teacher 2005-2007: Palm Valley School, Rancho Mirage, Ca.: Taught Grades 6-12: Developed
and implemented completely new art program for this highly respected, private college prep school.
Teacher 2005-2007: Marywood Country Day School, Palm Desert, Ca. Taught Grades 4-5 Developed and implemented completely new art program for this high caliber, advanced learning grammar school. This School and the above Palm Valley School were in the process of merging. Each day I taught at both campuses, starting with 6-12, then to Marywood to teach 4th and 5th grades.
Teacher 2003-2004: Hollywood School House, Hollywood, Ca.: Second Grade Lead teacher for this very diverse class. This was a one-year position during longtime teacher's maternity leave.
Assistant Director 1998-2002: Klasky-Csupo Animation, Los Angeles, Ca.: Responsible for daily supervision of Production Crew while participating in art production for animated commercials featuring
The Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys.
Coordinator 1994-1997: Broderbund/Living Books, San Francisco, Ca.: Artist and Coordinator of
Award Winning, Educational, Learn to Read, Interactive, Animated Children's Books on CD-ROM.
Art Production Coordinator 1987-1994: Curious Pictures (formally Broadcast Arts), New York City,
NY.: Created children's animation in cooperation with large Production Teams. Assisted Director in supervision and organization of Production Teams for various commercials and TV pilots
Craft Teacher 1992-1993 and 1985-1986: Camp Sundial, Randolph, NJ.: Taught Arts & Crafts.
Aided students in the implementation of projects at this Special Education Children's Summer Camp.
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