Tutor profile: Paula F.
Career Educator/Reading Writing Specialist
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I am a career educator of 38 years. I am the mother of a 16 year old who loves writing and learning. My passion is Reading and Writing and getting kids (and adults) believing in their ability to write. For the past 20 years I spend summers at the Writing Institute at Teachers College in New York. I absolutely love helping kids find their voice and develop their strengths with written experession.
In my 38 years of teaching I have taught every grade but kindergarten. I have worked for 13 years in an underserved community here in Los Angeles and strengthened my bilingual abilities with reading and writing with kids of all ages. The next five years I spent learning amazing teaching pedagogy at Seed University Lab School on UCLA campus. For the last twenty years I have been thriving at Franklin School in Santa Monica where I spend summers in New York and come back and teach fifth grade. Teaching reading and writing is my passion. During...
Loyola Marymount University
Education - Integrated Language Arts/English Education
2000 - 2001
San Diego State University
1983 - 1984
University of California - Los Angeles
1977 - 1982
Santa Monica Malibu Unified Schools, Franklin School
2002 - Present
In addition to the above experience, I have worked at Franklin School in Santa Monica and love teaching fifth graders reading and writing. I serve as grade level chair when I can and help kids, parents and staff see the importance of developing craft with writing. In this age where we seem to be losing the written word to technology, I am more determined than ever to help kids strengthen their skills.
University of California Los Angeles, UCLA Lab School SEEDS UES
1997 - 2002
I worked at this lab school for five years and was in charge of bringing the Learning in Two Languages program to the fourth and fifth grade. I taught the Language Arts program in two languages including writing workshop. I integrated writing into Literature, Social Studies and Geography concepts in two languages to fourth and fifth graders.
Lennox School District, 4th/5th grade Teacher
1984 - 1997
Some of the most amazing teaching years of my life were spent teaching a fourth/fifth grade combo in Lennox California. I taught a spit grade in two languages and we did language development in two languages including writing. My favorite experience was teaching these kiddos who were barely transitioning to English, the wiles of Shakespeare. We studies MacBeth and Romeo and Juliet.
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