Specialized Academic and Learning Support
A BIT ABOUT ME
I am an experienced educator with a warm, compassionate, and down-to-earth approach.
As a former public and private school teacher, I combine my 20+ years of educational experience with training in Special Education, Multisensory Math, mindfulness through the Mindful Schools program, yoga, and areas of mental health to provide students with the tools needed for academic success.
I use multiple approaches to working with students knowing that they are most successful when provided with alternative ways of learning. Each student has a unique learning style and I invest the time to build a relationship with your child so we can build on existing strengths. Often within the first week students begin to feel more confident in the safe and fun learning environment I create.
Contact me today to find out how I can help support your child achieve identified academic goals.
Member of the ADHD Resource Group of Northern Virginia
E-RYT-200, Member of Yoga Alliance
Adjunct Faculty at Marymount University
Active VA Teaching License
There is no one size fits all approach
In my 20+ years as an educator, I've learned there is no one size fits all approach. I use research based methods of instruction and collaborate with families and teachers to come up with the best plan for each student.
Specialized Support for Learning Math
All students benefit from a multisensory approach to Math instruction, especially those with AD/HD, Dyslexia, and processing challenges. This approach is based on Orton Gillingham Techniques as recommended by the NCTM. Multisensory Math sessions include:
Assessing your child's strengths and challenge areas and building on strengths
Active learning approach with concrete experiences using manipulatives that I send to you
Explicitly teaching academic vocabulary with visual supports
Teaching specific skills to address Math anxiety
Movement/brain breaks as needed
Elementary Support for Executive Function
Often, a student will benefit from combined work with both a multisensory approach to learning as well as support for developing executive function skills. As needed, explicit teaching of organizational, time management, and study skills can be taught along with the academic piece as the main focus. Additionally, by teaching mindfulness and breathing strategies, students can increase their focus and cultivate a calm mind and resilience when working through the challenges of learning. To support success and greater focus, I also blend in frequent movement breaks.
MINDFULNESS & YOGA
Additional Skills to Support Reslient Learners
Children and teens today face many challenges in family, social, and academic environments. Yoga can provide many benefits, including:
Increased flexibility in the mind and body
Increased emotional regulation
Increased ability to focus
Greater sense of calm
Yoga is a good adjunct to children and teens receiving counseling or therapy services (i.e. Mental Health, Occupational Therapy).
*Yoga is not intended to replace therapy services.
Partnering With Students and Families is a Priority
Holly has such a gentle and compassionate way of way of working with kids, offering them valuable skills.
As a parent, it is a real joy to have Holly working with my daughter. She is extremely flexible and easy to collaborate with, and such a calming positive presence.
Renata Fire, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Jennifer, Mother of 11 year old daughter
You've made Math fun and easier to understand. Plus, the games are fun!
When I felt worried about my Math test, I slowed down and did the belly breathing.
First Grade Student
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Falls Church, VA