*January 2021 Update: I am well aware that families need help right now. I am currently opening my schedule up to one-on-one virtual tutoring sessions. I can work with your child, regardless of where you live!
I am also an expert in the field of learning disabilities. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to turn off the teacher side of my brain. I’ve been teaching in some capacity for almost 15 years.
In 2004, I earned my Masters in Education at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education– the number one school of education in the country. While there, I fell in love with the world of special education, specifically teaching reading and writing to children of all ages with various degrees of learning disabilities. From minor to significant dyslexia, to dysgraphia, to severe ADHD, I’ve seen it all. I tell parents that nothing shocks me anymore.
I reserve some time each week to work with students virtually or in person to help improve their reading and writing abilities. My first step is always to help students feel good about themselves again. Many children fall through the cracks in our education system, and this isn’t a fault of the teachers; it’s simply because our schools are packed with So Many Kids.
One consequence of huge class sizes is that our children who don’t fit into the standard, middle-range mold feel lousy and often act out as a result. Negative behaviors can emerge because of the frustration children feel in the classroom, whether they are 5 or 18. So now you have a child who is not only performing (the dreaded) “below grade level,” but who is also getting sent to the school behavior specialist or vice principal…it’s hard on everyone, especially the families.
I am a licensed K-12 Learning Disabilities teacher, and I am experienced in the Wilson Reading System, the Orton-Gillingham Reading System, and the Kansas Writing Strategies. All of these approaches, when personalized to the needs and skills of an individual student, can produce significant results. No matter what our starting point is, your child can learn and feel better about school, and I can help.
P.S. I’m hoping to train my wonderful dog Sunny (see photo!) to be a therapy dog who can eventually join me on tutoring and library visits. Stay tuned…
I can be reached here: JuliaSArnold@gmail.com. References available upon request.