Tonja Taylor

Tonja T.

Texarkana, AR
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Besides the fact that I'm a fun, energetic, positive teacher that uses various creative techniques to help you learn, I also have a secret: I started teaching private piano lessons when I was 13! Yep, my entrepreneurial mom suggested I teach 4 or so peers for cash (Great idea, Mom!), so I did! I also successfully taught over 350 5 and 6 grade students in a local public school to read, play, and perform piano music for their faculty, family, and friends at the 9 weeks' recital! Several of my students also partnered with me to create and notate their own cool tunes, and many performed them at the recitals too. I love helping kids (and adults) become empowered to play this finest of instruments! Hey, if I can do it, so can you! I give lots of helpful feedback to correct and inspire you to the next level!

About Tonja T.

This is a few things that people I've taught with say about me. I haven't usually asked for reviews. I just so enjoy helping the kids learn things that I haven't thought much about getting reviews, but I have received a few:

"This is a letter of recommendation for Tonja Taylor, My name is Stelton Hill and I teach African/Latin Drumming @ College Hill Academy of Design for the Texarkana Arkansas School District.
I have worked with Mrs. Taylor and was her mentor during her year at College Hill. Through my observations of Mrs.Taylor teaching her 5th grade music class, I have witnessed her passion in teaching students about music and learning the piano.
I feel that Mrs. Taylor is an asset to our district and will be able to function where ever she is placed. Mrs. Taylor is always willing to learn new things and is and will be a team player to help out with committees and any other special projects that may arise during the school year."

From Nelda Shavers, Pastor and Daycare owner:
“Mrs. Tonya volunteered as a speaker and teacher for Nelda Shavers Ministries Feeding Program. Mrs. Tonya volunteered her time 2 to 3 times weekly, teaching and preaching the Word of God to the youth. She wasfrom Children’s Pastor Lois Byers at FWC/HIM in Texarkana, AR

“Tonja Taylor successfully taught the children signed dance for “Where You There?”. She related well with the children and communicated what she was tracking on a level they could relate to.” very patient and kind to all of the youth.
Also, she spent her own money on buying supplies for the children activities. She is a great inspiration to any child. I would certainly recommend her for any position. If you have any questions please contact me."
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Now, here is my personal letter to you, dear student!
YOU are a Treasure Box, and I want to help you explore, discover, and enjoy the treasures within you! I love you to have fun as I learn something, and I bet you do too!
I have been blessed to have had wonderful parents that gave me many enrichment opportunities, especially in green spaces! For over 35 years, I have been helping students have fun as they are empowered by experiencing all kinds of cool things--from playing beautiful piano music (and even creating and notating their own!); to writing positive books and stories (I have published several books and over 400 articles); to speaking confidently in front of others; to learning how to be more successful in studying; to becoming an excellent leader, and more.
I also have taught English (4th grade in public school, and also a Spanish gentleman in basic ESL), and have led groups of students to discover just how creative they are in inventing new things! I was WOWed! (Hint: Everything you see was created, and YOU can create new things too. So go for it!)
(Can you figure out my age? Go ahead, get your smart brain working now to prepare for our delightful lessons! We can make this a fun math lesson, and I'll show you some shortcuts to save you time and effort. Remember, our math system is based on "10".).
Also, I can also teach you various arts and crafts, basic modern dance, and even how to start and run your own home business. I know a lot about small animal and veggie farming, and it's a great experience to do both, for a lot is involved before the food gets to your table!
I have many students through the years (from age 1 to 85! I taught poetry at the local college to the 85 year old and she wrote many!) and they are always glad to see me. I LOVE helping kids realize how smart and inventive they are, and how they can have great influence in this world for good!
So pick a subject and I'll see how you and I can have fun growing together, for guess what: I can learn from you, too! So it's a win-win! Contact me very soon, and we can begin!

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Amanda
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Tonja is a very passionate and understanding educator

Posted Feb 16, 2020

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Experience

Freelance Writer, Editor and Publisher
Jun 2018 - Present

River Rain Creative Arts

Children's Teacher - Faith-based and Creative Arts subjects
Jan 1990 - Present

Online, and Family Word Church and other organizations in the region

English and math teacher, 4th grade
Jul 2018 - May 2019

Lafayette Co School

Full-Time Teacher, Piano Lab, 5th and 6th grade
Aug 2015 - May 2016

, College Hill Middle School, Texarkana, AR

Education

Teaching - Elementary and Middle School
Jun 2013 - Sep 2014

APPEL (Arkansas Professional Pathway for Educator Licensure)

Bachelor of Arts and Applied Sciences - Business
Sep 1989 - May 1998

Texas A&M University - Texarkana

Languages

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

First Year of Middle School Educator Licensure
Jun 2016

APPEL (Arkansas Professional Pathway for Educator Licensure)

Learned principles of teaching, classroom management, and parent/community relations, to prepare me to teach in a public school for upper elementary and middle school children.

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