- Levels Taught:
- Elementary, Middle School
With over 20 years of teaching experience in grades 4 through pre-Algebra, I have over 1000 seat-hours of specific math training including Common Core, problem-solving methodology, and best practices.
I have a PASSION for math and my goal for my students is to eliminate math fear, build confidence and mastery, and create students who are prepared for a future that relies on conceptual knowledge and application of mathematical skills.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 6+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- December 1992
As certified music teacher in three states and over 30 years of music experience, I am comfortable with students of all ages in developing their musicianship and love of musical expression. Playing semi-professionally since the age of 16, my performance background includes symphony orchestra, mariachi, acoustic rock, chorus (alto), and various small ensembles.
My overarching goal is to share the benefit of a lifetime of experience with my students so that they will find their own 'voice' in the wide world of music.
As a certified 1st through 8th grade mathematics educator, I have over 400 seat-hours in specialized 6th through 8th grade training including pedagogy, best-practices, identifying misconceptions, and developing formative assessments. In addition to training, I have worked as an instructional specialist through the alignment and authoring of curriculum in private industry and public education. I am a recognized leader at both the campus and district levels.
Listen to and evaluate elementary student auditions: audition include one scale and etude which are scored for intonation, tempo, rhythm, and tone.
This year, I shared suggestions with CUSD's director of music instruction which will lead to changes in the scoring method for district auditions - this could impact not only the orchestral judging process, but adjudication in band and choral departments as well. The methodology behind this new approach is to provide music directors with more specific feedback on how to further assist individual students and aid classroom instruction.
NAGC staff and leaders support and develop policies and practices that encourage and respond to the diverse expressions of gifts and talents in children and youth from all cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups. NAGC supports and engages in research and development, staff development, advocacy, communication, and collaboration with other organizations and agencies who strive to improve the quality of education for all students.+ Read More
She is a great violin teacher! :D
My children were first time to learn the violin today with Ms. Monica. My kids were very excited to play the violin. Ms.Monica was really kind and brilliant. My kids could play the violin well because she taught my kids very well. I am really forward to seeing her again. Thank you! :)+ Read More
I was a bit aprehensive letting an unstructor I’ve never met in person in our home however once we open the door and saw Monica we instantly felt better.
Monica introduced herself in a very professional and friendly way. She was very prepared and an amazing teacher. We are very happy to have her as my daughter violin teacher!
Monica was very friendly and encouraging to my 5 year old daughter during our violin lessons. Her instruction style was adjusted to my daughter and was easily adapted for days when my daughter was tired. She was always easy to talk to and flexible when I needed to reschedule an appointment. We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent with Monica and plan to return for piano lessons. I will continue to recommend her to all ages as she is wonderful.+ Read More
Very open and friendly. Great introduction into playing violin.
Monica created a very comforting and encouraging environment right from the moment I walked in the door. She has a very flexible teaching style which made it very easy to pick up and continue my lessons with the resources and tools I had already acquired.
Loved my first lesson! I'm 53 and have been wanting to learn to play the violin for many years. She was extremely informative and fun! I can't wait for my next lesson.
I'm so glad I found her.
Mrs. Monica is a very happy and gifted teacher. She always greats her students with a smile and gives achievable goals to keep her students motivated to keep learning.