MelissaY
MelissaY
About Me

Qualified teacher
Reading recovery specialist
Dyslexia and SEN experience

Tutor Specialisms and Experience
  • SENCo/ SENDCo
  • English
  • Spelling and reading
  • Social emotional and/ or behaviour challenges
  • Behavioural challenges
  • Focus and attention
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Autism
  • ADD/ ADHD
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Down’s Syndrome
Experience, training and skills

I have my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education, Masters of Education in Reading, and Masters of Science in Special Education. I truly feel that I have been lucky enough to find a career that altogether challenges me, brings me joy, and inspires me to keep persisting. I look forward to being able to reach more children and make an impact on their love of learning.

For the past 11 years I have been teaching children. And for the past 6, I have been fortunate enough to have found my passion as a teacher for children with special needs. I started teaching special education in the United States, and am in my second year as a special needs teacher in the U.K. I have taught diverse groups of students with ADD/ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, learning disabilities, speech impairments, mental health and emotional needs, and non compliant behaviours.

My skills in differentiated instruction, functional behavioural analysis, and multi-sensory lesson planning have allowed me to meet the needs of students who sit with me each day.

My Teaching Philosophy

My years of experience have taught me the value of patience and encouragement children with special needs.  I have learned to become a loud and positive advocate for children with special needs and their families and to help them fight for their place in the world.  I work closely with each student, providing the individualized support and praise they require. I make sure to stay connected with family members and any specialists involved, to encourage the success of each student, both in and outside of the classroom.

I  have found that my ability to relate to children, to really see their capabilities and strengths and use those to build on their needs in order to help them progress is what I consider to be my strengths over my years as an interventionist.  I believe in dynamic interventions and teaching children to love learning through discovery, questioning, wonder, and deep thinking. I believe in using the things we don’t know as a driving force in our learning and to look at our needs as an opportunity to uncover brand new parts of ourselves.

Something sensational about me

I have a massive love for all animals.  I have rescued 4 pugs from shelters and animal rescues.  Two of them flew over to the U.K. in the airplane and made the big move with me.  I have a very special place in my heart for senior dogs and cats and love to be able to take them in and give them the happiest, most loved, and fulfilled life.  

 

My favorite thing to do is cook and bake for people I love.  I can spend all day in the kitchen making and preparing food for my family.  Some of my happiest memories as a child was when I was in the kitchen with my grandmother, and I think I inherited her ability to add all my love into the food I’m creating.

 

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