After many years of teaching pre-primary special education students, teaching 3 and 4 year old children, substitute teaching in the public schools, teaching 4th grade, Title I Math and Reading for a parochial school, running a large franchised tutoring center, and tutoring at our local library, I finally decided it was time to begin my own career. I opened Rise Above Tutoring Center July 1, 2010.
I have a passion for learning, a desire to share that passion and a joy for children’s learning. What better way to spend my days than to help children learn in the way they are capable of learning, help them get caught up in a subject or subjects that they are struggling in, and most of all boost their confidence and self esteem.
I am a certified Dyslexia Consultant. I have been trained to screen for dyslexia and tutor dyslexic students along with consulting with parents of dyslexic students. I have 96 graduate hours in dyslexia training and I have taken many courses on line through the Dyslexia Institute while obtaining 12 graduate credits (all on dyslexia) through the University of San Diego. I have a BS in Elementary Education grades 1-6 with a kindergarten endorsement, and a Masters in Elementary Education with an emphasis in reading disabilities and dyslexia.
I have my BS in Secondary English Education from NMU. I have been working at professional tutoring centers for 10 years. I am trained in the Lindamood Bell Learning Processes approach to reading and have taught beginning readers as well as adults to learn how to read successfully using Verbalizing and Visualizing and the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program. I also have 6 years experience working and training with Sylvan Learning Centers. I worked as a teacher and the Director of Education. During my time with Sylvan in Marquette I learned that the best thing I can do to help my community is to listen and respond to your needs on an individual level.
Michael has been working a special education teacher for the past 10 years. He graduated from Northern Michigan University with his teaching degree and certifications in learning disabilities, history and political science. He taught students in grades K-5 with all areas of academic disabilities and is currently teaching special education classes online, with 9th-12th grade students.