Rebecca Burns

Rebecca B.

Brookfield, CT
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Lesson Details

German

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I became fluent in German by living in Germany for three years. Full immersion was the best way for me to grasp the language so when I teach German I will speak in German 90% of the time. You will learn German the same way you learned your native language; by listening, watching, and context clues. It may take some time but you will go from hearing gibberish to being able to distinguish words in sentences to understanding those words. The most difficult thing will be the grammar but you will feel such pride as you begin to communicate in German.
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About

Rebecca passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Rebecca delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2003

I'm an artist and teacher. My main mediums are oil paint, cut paper, and fiber arts. When I graduated from Pratt in 2003 I received my BFA in Illustration and Art Education. After that I went on to grad school for elementary education. The perfect combination for helping people find themselves as artists while working on my own art.

After teaching in urban and suburban schools in CT, NY and Washington DC I moved to Germany where I taught English as a Native Speaker for three years. That's where I became fluent in German, learned a lot about myself, and worked on my cut paper bird series.

Over the years my students have grown tremendously. They have become creative thinkers and individuals. It brings me great pleasure to see them as they reach their goals and exceed expectations. Especially when it comes to students who I have helped to discover what type of learner they are so that they could finally reach their full potential. Once a person learns how to learn there is no stopping them.

I intend to continue working hard to help people reach their full potential. When you become my student you will have my full attention. I will give you the tools to reach your goals whether it's painting something you are proud of, having a conversation in German, or knitting a sweater.

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Experience

Paint Night Teacher
Sep 2017 - Present
Happy Little Canvases

Plan painting lessons for paint nights.
Teach step by step painting lessons.
Encourage students to add their own creative flare to paintings.

Art Teacher
Aug 2016 - Jun 2017
Achievement First Amistad High School

Attended all meetings, trainings, and professional development workshops.
Wrote and taught all art units and lessons to 200 ninth grade students.
Advised a group of 15 freshmen, acting as a liaison between students, families, and the school.

Instructional Tutor
Oct 2015 - May 2016
Hill and Plain Elementary School

Used Fountas and Pinnell to assess all students grade k-2.
Created goals for each individual student and helped them reach their goals.
Created and taught small groups of students in grades k-2 in order to bring them up to grade level in Reading.

Native English Speaking Teacher
Feb 2011 - Feb 2014
Bilingual Montessori School Heidessheim

Wrote and implemented all English curriculum, units and lessons for grades 1-4 for a brand new bilingual school.
Translated documents from German to English for English speaking parents.
Wrote and recorded materials to create a listening center for the students that corresponded with the curriculum for continued learning

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Second Grade Teacher
Aug 2009 - Jun 2010
Christian Life Academy

Planned lessons for and taught all second grade subjects.
Assessed students and used data to help my students succeed.
Advocated for second grade students.
Helped my class plan and organize a walk-a-thon for children in need.

Sixth Grade Teacher
Aug 2008 - Jun 2009
J.H. Johnson Middle School

Planned lessons for and taught all second grade subjects.
Assessed students and used data to help my students succeed.
Arranged for my class to be “adopted by El Salvador” through the Embassy Adoption Program.

Education

MSED Elementary Education
Sep 2006 - Jan 2007
University of Bridgeport
BFA Illustration and Art Education
Sep 1999 - Jun 2003
Pratt Institute

Languages

German
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

CT State Provisional Educator
Feb 2014
CT State Department of Education

K-6 Elementary Education

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3 Reviews

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Ryan May 7, 2018
Oil Painting · In studio

Rebecca is an incredible artist with a passion for bringing new information to people. She's excellent at helping students through problems with technique and is naturally skilled at working with people. Her patience, enthusiasm, and encouraging teaching style come across in every lesson. Rebecca is the type of instructor who maximizes the potential of everyone she works with.

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Alison Apr 22, 2018
· In studio

During the time she was in Germany, she had worked as an English teacher at the school I attended.
She had an advanced class that another English speaker and I were in.
I had a great time and also learned new words that I did not know yet.
Thank you!

Courtney Apr 12, 2018
Acrylic Painting · In studio

Had a great time in class. It really helped me see art in a new way and exposed me to a new craft, i would definitely want to be in another class!

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