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Qualifications & Experience

Education has always been a big part of my life. In grade school, my teachers would often ask me to work with other students in class who needed assistance with the current lesson. This gift of being able to help others resonated with me and I realized very quickly that everyone does not learn in the same way. In high school, I volunteered with students with special needs and discovered there are many ways to communicate and teach. At San Jose Staté University, I worked as a Student Assistant for the Disability Resource Center and learned how to use students’ strengths to improve areas that were more challenging. While working on my Master of Fine Arts Degree at the University of Central Florida, I worked at the Institute of Reading Development teaching advanced reading skills to students from Kindergarten to professional adults. After completing my graduate degree, I worked as the Director of the Theatre Department for STAR Education creating specialized curriculum for afterschool enrichment programs in 3 school districts, managing teachers, and teaching students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. My immense and diverse teaching experience has shown me that the most important skill a student can learn is to believe that she/he can do it. Self-confidence is the greatest support to learning and I believe in encouraging my students to know they have what it takes to succeed. As a tutor, I aim to support, motivate, and instill a sense of responsibility in my students. I believe in advocating for students and, more importantly, empowering them to advocate for themselves. I like working with students and families to make learning manageable and enjoyable. Studying is a very specific skill and I give my students the organization tools they need to understand how to study efficiently and effectively.

Education

2006

University of Central Florida

Musical Theatre

2002

San Jose State University

Creative Arts

Degree

2006

Masters

2002

Bachelors

Josephine ’s Rating

5.0
5.0
Articulation
5.0
Proficiency
5.0
Punctuality

Reviews

ESL/ESOL
Yana A.
5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

Josephine is the BEST!

4 months ago
Yana A. reviews Josephine Leffner