I have been a special education teacher since 1993 in Fairfax, Virginia. During these years, I have taught many autistic students on various levels of the spectrum. In addition, while serving as a Local Screening Chairperson, I was involved in the testing and eligibility process for these students. I also wrote IEPS for these students and conducted many social skills classes for them. I have also taken courses such as Autism Spectrum Disorders:Nature and Management and Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
I have been a special education teacher since 1988. I even taught at the Lab School of Washington, which is a school that was started by Sally Smith, a former professor at American University and a mother of children with special needs. During these years, I have also taught many students with ADD/ADHD. As a matter of fact, I filled out numerous Conners' Rating Scale requests from parents and doctors for students who were suspected of having these conditions. I helped qualify these students for 504 plans while serving as a Local Screening Chairperson in Fairfax County. I have also written 504 plans and participated in many of the 504 plan conferences of my students. In addition, I have also administered 504 workshops to my colleagues. I have also taken classes on ADD/ADHD and how to create functional behavioral assessments. I have also taken classes on special education law which focused on section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individuals with Disabilities Act.
I have been teaching since 1978 and obtained my Master's Degree from Marymount University in Special Education in 1983. I was a Fairfax County Special Education teacher since 1993. During those years, I have taught many autistic students on various levels of the spectrum, including those with Aspergers. In addition, I served on the Local Screening Committee and the Eligibility Committee. The Committee identified students with special needs and then I was involved in writing IEPS and 504 plans. I have also taken courses such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and Behavioral Interventions for Young Children with Autism.
Sandra B. from Washington, DC
Ellen has been working with our son for about a month now. We are so happy with the results so far! She did a good assessment of his reading at the first session, and decided on what reading method to use with him. She is patient, kind and affirming. Our son had an instant boost in overall confidence after just the first session ("Miss Ellen is going to help me." "She doesn't make me feel like I'm wrong.") Since then, he has made noticeable improvement in his spelling, after only a few sessions (his writing has progressed from incomprehensible to comprehensible, even if still not spelling all words correctly). He is also more confident in his reading and willing to take risks as he reads. Ellen takes a few minutes after each session to review the lesson with me. She writes up weekly progress reports on the web site, which I can then share with our son's teacher. She is responsive to emails. We are very happy and look forward to our son's ongoing progress!
Ellen S. from Burke, VA
Ellen has been tutoring my daughter for the past several months. My daughter has made a lot of progress in this short amount of time. Ellen has helped her with English, Art History and History of Western Civilization. Her writing skills have improved and so has her confidence in her ability to write. Ellen is always easy to reach and has been wonderful at accommodating our ever-changing schedule. Ellen is kind and patient and has been a much-needed addition to my daughters schooling. My only regret is not contacting her sooner! My daughter is going away for school and she has offered to help tutor her via Skype if necessary! I cannot say enough wonderful things about our experience with Ellen as a tutor.
Blaire O. from Vienna, VA
My daughter was struggling with reading comprehension in the 4th grade. Ellen began tutoring her in June of last year. At the time, my daughter's comprehension skills were about 2 years behind her other academic areas. Ellen has worked with her once per week and helped her to develop the skills to improve her reading comprehension skills. My daughter soon saw that there were many different ways she could improve her understanding of what she was reading. Now, she employs the various techniques whenever she reads. Her reading comprehension skills have moved up multiple levels over the last few months. She is now working at grade level and is ready to try flying solo. She earned an A in her last grading period of language arts and is voluntarily reading books for fun. I would not hesitate to employ Ellen again. She is on time and organized. I always know what they have covered. She is infinitely patient. This was important, especially at the beginning when my daughter was so frustrated by the problems she was having.
Tai K. from Fairfax, VA
Even though my daughter has only been working with Ellen for about four months, she has already made significant improvements in her reading comprehension and grammar at school. Ellen is very patient, responsive, and has extensive knowledge in what she is teaching. Ellen often made great suggestions to help improve my daughter's weaknesses. My daughter has told me that her lessons with Ellen are very useful and helpful. I am very pleased with Ellen's work and would highly recommended her to anyone who is looking for an English tutor. Looking forward to have Ellen continue to help my daughter with her English.
Jeff E. from Burke, VA
I'm a man of few words. Ellen has helped my daughter after one session, she has the ability to make you feel at ease quickly and the focus on the subject seems easy. She's great!
Irene Z. from Vienna, VA
I love all of the information that Ellen gives us about the sessions. My daughter is really wanting to succeed.
Heidi K. from Gainesville, VA
Ellen was very easy to deal with in scheduling appointments and was always pleasant to work with. She helped my daughter to develop ways to cope with her dyslexia by recommending specific study habits, books and online tools to deal with her problem while in college.
Deema A. from Vienna, VA
Ms. Ellen has been tutoring my daughter for a while now. She is patient and nice enough for the kids to love her. Although she has a busy schedule, when my daughter has an exam and needs extra tutoring hours, Ms. Ellen always finds a way to meet our needs. She is professional and sweet and genuinely cares about her students!
Sukjung K. from Centreville, VA
I got several times lesson. She is so kind that it makes me wait next lesson all the time. I admire her teaching skill and mind to try explain at my level.
Janet C. from Burke, VA
I am pleased with her methods of teaching, her knowledge and success each session in engaging my grandson and keeping his attention.
Valerie D. from Lorton, VA
Ellen has such a deep understanding of dyslexia! She has hands on experience with several teaching methods and has easily merged different styles to best help my child. She is patient and kind allowing my child to learn at her pace. Her uncanny ability to keep the lesson on track while having fun is fabulous!! I can't say enough wonderful things about her. You won't be disappointed!