About Me

Encouragement is to humans like water is to plants.  It nourishes our souls. 

- Rudolf Dreikurs

VISION & BIRTH OF ENCOURAGE:

 

My vision for Encourage Elementary Education Services is to bring high-quality academic support to families. I sought education alternatives as a young person and later as an adult, searching for a better choice for my children. I started with Ocean Grove as a parent in 2008 and later became an ES in 2010. When I decided to tutor homeschoolers, Ocean Grove was a clear place to start. Most of my clients are connected with the school, but I also have some private clients who homeschool independently.

 

My encouraging, positive approach is very effective with children from diverse backgrounds with differing needs. I believe in tailoring instruction to the individual as much as possible to produce the best results. For children still in elementary school, the parents are a vital part of the decision-making. If we find that our philosophies fit, then we can work together to find methods and curriculum that your child responds to - and even looks forward to - every time I visit! I will get to know you, your child, and what your goals are.  

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS

I have classroom experience on San Jose's east side, teaching 5th grade with diverse students and achieving results by teaching conflict management and treating children with dignity and respect.

I work closely with students and parents to help them achieve their individual academic goals.

My background is in varied learning methodologies, progressive education, learning differences, and parent education. Many of my children's schools had parents in the classroom, and I am very comfortable with this collaboration.

CREDENTIALS HELD CURRENTLY:

  • Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

  • Supplementary Authorization: Music

  • Crosscultural Language and Academic Development Certificate 

  • Level 1 Certified Handwriting Specialist with Handwriting Without Tears

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Encourage Elementary Education Services (2017 - present)

San Jose Unified School District

Substitute Teacher, elementary

2016-2017

 

Ocean Grove Charter School, San Jose

Education Specialist, all grades

2010-2015

 

 

LEAD Center/Liber Community School, Los Gatos

Math & Music Teacher (all grades)/Core History & English Classroom Teacher (4th-6th)

2008-2009

 

 

Foothill Intermediate School, Mt. Pleasant School District, San Jose

Classroom Teacher: Fifth Grade

1994 - 1999

 

 

EDUCATION:

 

 San Jose State University  1993

Credential Preparation Program

 

California Institute of the Arts  1990

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Composition

 

 

OTHER CONFERENCES, TRAINING, & AWARDS:

Advocator of the Month, Lives in the Balance Advocator Group, January 2022

The Stanford Neurodiversity Project: Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity (2018-2021)

 

The Stanford Neurodiversity Summit: 2020, 2021
 

Emotional Healing From Trauma: Trauma-Informed Care (for developmental disabilities, 2018)

 

Global Leadership Summit (2004, 2009, 2017, 2021)

 

Handwriting Without Tears (2017)

  • Handwriting Assessment Workshop

  • K-5 Handwriting Workshop

  • Pre-K Readiness and Writing Workshop

  • Pre-K Math and Literacy Workshop (2018)

 

Autism and Asperger's Conference (2013)

 

UC Extension EdTherapy Courses (2009):

  • Understanding Learning Differences

  • Autism Intervention and Treatment

 

Oak Grove School District: Maximum Use of Resources Vision Award (2007)

 

 

 

 

 

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Cinquain poem and art by 3rd-grade student.  Completed on her own after the lesson.

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Handwriting Without Tears: Level 1 Certified Logo with four children holding a banner.
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