Heidi S

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I grew up in Southern California and then spent my high school years in Northern Nevada. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and in 2000 I moved to Phoenix to attend Grand Canyon University, where I majored in Elementary Education.  In 2010, I earned my Masters in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University.  I am certified to teach K-8, hold a K-12 Reading Endorsement, and am certified in the Barton Reading and Spelling System.

I have 10 years of teaching experience in the Arizona public school system, first as a 3rd grade ELL classroom teacher and then as a reading intervention specialist. For many years, I worked in the after-school tutoring program at my school, planning and implementing interventions for at-risk students.  In addition to my classroom experience, I have three years of private one-on-one reading tutoring experience using the Barton Reading and Spelling System.

I love teaching children, especially in the area of reading.  Most of the children I work with struggle in that area, so I have learned the importance of earning the student’s trust and building a rapport with them.  This comes from making students feel safe and known. When I can build on students’ strengths, they gain the confidence they need to grow in the areas they are weak. I believe it is important to know how students learn best and to tailor instruction to fit their needs.

 I have two small children, and they keep me very busy! We love to go swimming, take our dog for walks, and ride our bikes to the park.  I enjoy long distance running and have completed 10 half marathons and 2 full marathons.  

I offer tutoring services in elementary reading intervention, specifically utilizing the Barton Reading and Spelling System.