Anne Molloy is a Learning Specialist with experience working with many terrific children in classroom and private tutoring situations. Her career in Manhattan and Westchester public schools has given her the opportunity to teach in settings from kindergarten through college. Such longitudinal experience allows her to see what competencies and habits best build effective thinkers across the years. Anne is keenly aware of the total child as she strives to make each unique learner comfortable with the setting, curriculum and goals.
Anne graduated from Cornell University and has a Master’s in Special Education from Columbia Teachers College. Most of her classroom experience is at the elementary level where she defines her primary role as finding a way for every student to feel they are a valued participant in the classroom. She sees true learning as occurring when the young person remains tuned in. Coaching students to be actively engaged and guiding them to maintain this motivation are key for learning and growth.
Anne understands the importance of students working with well-selected, appropriate level literature. She has participated in literacy staff development such as the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Because of her students’ specific needs, she melds these methods with more explicit teaching. She has Wilson 1 Reading certification and uses this when a child is in need of a system to decode. Anne consistently aims to model, teach and remind children of strategies to pull from when challenged with comprehension issues.
A proponent of the writing process, she also wants to provide her literacy students with instruction on the word, sentence and paragraph level. All these specific elements often need tuning up. Also, for many special learners there is work to be done before sitting down to write. Starting with a targeted conversation about the topic and then working with them to organize ideas are particularly important. Anne sees value in teaching and practicing the outlining of ideas. She sees the value in students starting with crafting short responses. Becoming proficient and confident with these exercises allows students to develop skills that can then be generalized to tackle longer assignments.
Similarly, she is comfortable working with constructivist math program such as TERC Investigations and is excited by the discoveries children can make. But here too, she sees the importance of using some traditional approaches and providing additional practice to move these special math students along.
Anne enjoys reading and writing and walking in the Rockefeller State Preserve. She is an avid fan of the Jacob Burns Film Center and volunteers in their elementary school program, “See Hear Feel Film.” She raised three children so some of her teaching approaches certainly come from experiences on the home front. Patience, enthusiasm and a sense of humor are qualities she sees as guiding her teaching and daily life.