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I can answer questions about reading at all levels, English as a Second Language, elementary math, science and social studies as well as general education matters. Individuals interested in teaching in international schools can contact me for information on how to begin the process of looking for jobs overseas.

Experience in the area

I have been teaching for 30 years with a MEd in Reading and Language Arts, a BA in Elementary Education. For 6 years I taught computer to grades K-8. I have taught in combined grades (K-2 and 2-3 splits)in the US and overseas. The bulk of my elementary experience is in second and third grades, although I've taught K, 1, 2, 3 and 5 as a self-contained experience. Twenty-two years of my experience teaching has been in international schools in Africa and Asia.


MEd. in Reading and Language Arts
BA in Elementary Education
Certified principal K-12. Currently the director of the American International School of Niamey, Niger.

What do you like about this subject?

I love working with children. I also enjoy sharing my love of teaching with those who are interested in joining the field.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Each day I try to learn something new; from my students and/or my peers. Sometimes it's a way to reach a student with a particular problem - other times it's something I can do to make my job easier! Helping others usually leads me to new discoveries for myself!

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Did you know that reading to your child for at least 20 minutes a day from a very early age (pre-natal?) from good literature (books you enjoyed as a child - not just picture books) will increase all your child's scores on reading tests throughout school! Ask me more about this!

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Hi, Danyel,    My suggestion is that you contact the college / university of your choice and have them help you access financial aide.  I have no idea what your income is, but you can always apply for

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I hope by 'overwhelming response' that it was a GOOD overwhelming!  I didn't mean to give you too much info --- just wanted you to know that there are LOTS of options out there ... and many DO pay far

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Dear Ross,    I hear your pain!  I've been told that companies LOVE to hire former teachers because we are so organized and attuned to working toward the strengths of the individual, are often efficiency

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Lauren,    I would strongly encourage that you ask the person conducting the interview.  These things are often standards that a particular school district might want to see.  When I have had interviews


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