Natalie Tanenbaum developed a passion for teaching and learning at a very young age, and continually strives to be a proactive, caring, and energetic teacher and private tutor. With varied experiences such as her early roots as a Spanish teacher and familiarity with various grade levels, Natalie has worked with students from diverse economic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds. Natalie received a B.A. in Secondary Education from the University of Michigan. She is currently enrolled full-time at Teachers College Columbia University, where she is studying in the Reading Specialist M.A. program, and will graduate in December 2015. Natalie plans to return to the classroom this upcoming academic school year as a Reading Specialist at the Village Community School in the West Village.
Natalie has been a classroom teacher in a wide range of academic environments. During her time spent at Teachers College in the Reading Specialist Program, Natalie worked with students at the Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services, where she applied classroom-based and standardized assessment measures to identify the strengths and weaknesses of her individual clients. She developed intervention plans based on those assessment findings, focusing on word study, reading comprehension, and written expression. Tailoring instruction to each student, Natalie implemented rigorous evidence-based phonics instruction, in conjunction with authentic word recognition, reading comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary development work.
From 2012-2014, Natalie taught both second and fourth grade students at Success Academy Charter School in Harlem where she developed a comprehensive Reading and Writing Workshop curriculum aligned to the New York State Common Core Standards. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Natalie led weekly grade level and data meetings to target instruction for diverse learners, and strategically analyze weekly assessments. Natalie personally advocated for students with diverse needs by cooperating with the child study team to draft and implement individualized education plans (IEP’s) within her classroom. Additionally, Natalie spent a year teaching third and fourth grade students in Newark, New Jersey, where she developed a comprehensive Spanish language and culture curriculum, and co-taught Social Studies and Science, leading the majority of her third grade students to meet proficiency of New Jersey State grade level benchmarks.
When Natalie is not studying or writing papers for Teachers College, she enjoys cooking dinner, exercising, and spending time with her friends and family.