Christie A

Christie A

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I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher. Both my grandmother and mother were teachers, and from an early age I knew that I loved learning and that I am gifted at working with young people. I have worked with kids of all ages, in about every capacity you can think of, since I was old enough to be considered responsible to care for children. I graduated from Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix and headed to New York City in 1999 to pursue a volleyball scholarship and an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at Saint John’s University.  In 2005 I moved back home to the Valley and began teaching sixth grade in Scottsdale Unified. As a teacher leader I attended an array of professional development and educational conferences to become a trainer of teachers in Common Core math, writing, twenty-first century learning skills and differentiated instruction.  Realizing that leadership was a compatible role for me, I decided to pursue my master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision at Arizona State University.  I went on to become an assistant principal in Scottsdale Unified, overseeing kindergarten through eighth grade for four years. Through my administrative experience I gained a great depth of knowledge of pedagogy, content and academic and behavioral interventions. I have facilitated hundreds of plans for students and parents to address a wide variety of student needs, such as gifted learners, behavioral modifications, ADD and ADHD, specific learning disabilities and English language learners. I have a proven record of increasing student achievement and I am passionate about helping students reach their potential and feel successful at school.  I started my own family in 2014 and now have two young children that I stay home with so that I can be their first teacher. However, tutoring students in the evenings and on weekends has given me the opportunity to stay connected to young people and the profession I am passionate about. My tutoring services include the humanities, basic math and science, research, general homework support and study skills. I am particularly passionate and have had success with students needing executive functioning support; including organization, time management, prioritizing and persevering through assignments.