Spotlight: Michèle Stone – Academic Tutor

1. Your name:
My name is Michèle Stone

2. What is your role at Crocker?
I am an academic tutor. After I retired from full time teaching, I was asked by the PTA to work part time with primary grade children who needed a little extra help in achieving confidence in their language arts skills.

3. How many hours do you work at Crocker and how do you spend that time?
Currently, I work six and one half hours per week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, and some additional hours for testing. I work with three teachers each morning, sometimes continuing with the same students and sometimes working on a special project.

4. What is your background in this role (education/experience/number of years)
After graduating from University of California at Berkeley, and earning my teaching credential there, I taught in Oakland Public Schools for 43 years (mostly grades one and two). The last 33 of those years were at Crocker (1975 to 2008), during which time I earned a Masters in Educational Leadership at Cal State, Hayward. I was also a Crocker parent for nine of those years, as I live in the neighborhood.

5. Please give an overview of what you do in your role for and how it differs by grade. What are you covering now or plan to cover by end of year?
I work with individual children or small groups, as directed by the classroom teacher, to help them differentiate instruction and improve phonemic awareness, alphabetic, writing, and/or comprehension skills. I also assist K, 1, and 2 teachers with required testing.

6. What do you like about what you do?
Working with the children is what I love, watching them as they gain confidence and learn new skills. It makes me feel very special to have children asking if they can work with me. I enjoy seeing their progress from the beginning of the year to the end. They keep me excited about coming to Crocker. I enjoy the commitment and involvement of the staff and the excellent educational environment. It is a pleasure to share insights into children’s learning with my colleagues.

7. Can you give me an example of how what you do has made an impact on a kid or kids at Crocker?
Sometimes children I have worked with will stop me in the hallway and tell me about a new skill they have mastered and thank me for helping them. It is very rewarding to know I have helped to make a positive difference in their learning.