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Retired school teacher, book reviewer and editor --- with an experienced "eye" --- offers lessons to middle schoolers, utilizing a hands-on approach to learning with individual learning styles of the

Methodology

Teaching has always been my passion and I enjoy the exchange shared between my students and myself, when my teaching techniques --- hands on approach through research --- and their individual learning styles connect and we are off on our journey to expanding our minds!!

Background

All together my teaching experiences have spanned over 20 years, both teaching in public school for ten years and homeschooling my daughter. My student size varied; Homeschool- one student, although we interacted with other homeschoolers; My PSEN ( Pupils with Special Educational Needs ) class- twelve students; My Honors and Integrated class rooms- 25 to 29 students.

As a result of my teaching experiences, all of my students have graduated from high school, many went on to college --- including my daughter and four of her siblings --- and according to my correspondence with quite a few students on Facebook, they have families, satisfying careers and happy lives; the later being most important of all !!

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Rate for online lessons : $23/h
Lessons offered by
Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Academic tutoring
  • Homework help
Levels
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School

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Donna Smallwood

Career wise, I am a retired school teacher and as such, I have realized the importance of becoming a Lifelong Learner, so I obtained my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Feeling the need to address the lack of creativity in our schools curriculum, I became highly motivated to develop an accountable student-centered curriculum that would allow our children to develop their own specific learning style and sense of self, through academics, while learning to successfully find their direction through life. This philosophy has propelled me to personally develop my own self-identity and pursue my passion; Creative Writing.
Continuing on academically, I obtained my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction within educational parameters, and used my expertise to develop an effective and motivating Homeschooling Program for two of my children. Hearing about the program, a friend encouraged me to share some ideas with other Homeschoolers and this interaction became the basis for my college thesis; eventually leading to an Anti-Bullying campaign, earmarked for our school system.
With my college days behind me, I continued writing and actively began working on my own autobiography, which was put on hold when I began writing for Bookreporter.com. In this position, I read and wrote reviews for new authors, and at this point, became very interested in copy editing, so when a friend suggested I edit and ghost write a book with him, I jumped at the chance.
For the next three years I edited three more books for this newly published author and continue to edit some of his poetry books, but am also taking some time to edit my own autobiography, in which I share my adoption journey --- both as an adopted child and as an adoptee.
Highlights
Understands and encourages various learning styles
Lesson planning/writing expert
Proficient in creating and maintaining schedules
Diligent in classroom management
Curriculum writer and implementation specialist
Development of innovative and creative curriculum
Book Editing and Reviewing, utilizing the latest technology

Accomplishments
Developed a year-round standard-based curriculum for PSEN (Pupils with Special Educational Needs) students, introduced into my curriculum and also the Genesee County BOCES system.
Served on The Olympics of the Mind Team, in a teaching capacity, mentoring highly motivated students.
Developed many projects --- art related, theater based and athletically generated --- showcasing my students specific learning styles.
Introduced more than four new classes and activities for students at the Pembroke Elementary School.
Originated the first SADD (Students Against Drunk Drivers) program, in a school setting, in Corfu, NY.
Read and Reviewed books for new authors.
Book Editor and Ghost Writer for a published author.

Experience
September, 1976 to June, 1980
Sanborn Baptist Church --- Pre-School Teacher
Prepared three and four year olds for Kindergarten with creative activities, fieldtrips, and fun.
September, 1981 to June, 1986
Pembroke Schools --- Substitute Teacher
Fulfilled Lesson Plans filed by K-12 Teachers
September, 1986 to June, 1989
Pembroke Schools--- Teacher
Determined the scholastic needs of each student through academic and physical assessments that integrated academic curriculum, physical skills and learning styles, allowing students to reach a variety of learning levels. Teaching workshops allowed me to successfully monitor learning goals, classroom management, student motivation and engaging learning activities. Through these experiences I was able to employ a variety of teaching techniques and instructional resources that maximized each learning style. Within these parameters --- administering and grading tests, plus evaluating student progress --- I was able to clearly communicate objectives for all lessons, units and projects.
April, 2011, to March, 2012
Bookreporter.com --- Book Reviewer
Read and wrote reviews for new authors --- deadline specific
October, 2012, to Present
Book Editor and Ghost Writer for a published author.

Education
1965, Associates Degree, in Liberal Arts, from Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, NY.
1985, Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, from Daemen College, Amherst, NY.
2005, Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, from University of Phoenix

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