My classroom addresses the developmental needs of the whole child: mental, physical, spiritual, emotional. We practice creative, critical, and independent thinking derived from project- and inquiry-based lessons, resulting in experiential application of real-life skills. Utilizing methods of Positive Behavior Support and Non-Violent Communication in concert with emotional intelligence skills, I mentor children to collaborate in and self-direct their education, manifesting in an intrinsic motivation to learn and a lifelong love of learning. By balancing academic growth with socio-emotional learning, my students have the tools to move toward self-actualization. I am committed to a multicultural classroom, connection and relationships, global thinking, community activism, environmental welfare, social justice, health, well-being, and conflict resolution. Above all, I love learning and I love my learners!
I cull from Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, and Montessori traditions. I love teaching reading to younger students, and assisting older students and adults to enhance their reading and studying ability.
My teaching approach is based in compassion, non-violent communication, and conflict resolution.
I'm a K-6 licensed educator and pending 6-12 English and Chemistry certificate additions. I've been teaching 10+ years both in education and other industries such as finance and software. I've also taught SCUBA diving, yoga, and summer reading programs. I teach reading and ESL to children and adults. I'm an International Educator who has taught ESL in Korea; the IB World curriculum in China; and yoga and diving in the US, Panama, and Caribbean.
I teach all Elementary subjects, but especially love teaching reading, science, and nature learning! I follow progressive education methodologies.
I offer 4-week Learn to Read and Reading Enhancement Courses for $400.
Virtual reading classes require parent assistance for ages 4-7 and take-home enrichments require parents to assist their children.
I do not offer a free trial class, but I do offer a $25 one-time rate for a 30-minute trial class. When you sign up for one month of classes (4 minimum), this $25 is applied to the total fee.
ESL Conversation, Writing, and Reading classes for English-language Learners are $50/class.
10% discounts are given for prepaid classes by the month (4 class minimum).
Full subject Kindergarten tutoring or courses range from $75-150 per hour, and include all Elementary/Primary subjects based on US or International Curriculum.
Regina J McMurray
Golden Apple Tianfu IB World School - Chengdu, China
Mar 2018 - Jul 2019
Introduced STEM, PBS, SEL, Cooperative Games, Conflict Resolution, Nature Learning, and Meditation to the school. Collaborated with 2 co-teachers to offer IB curriculum and inquiry-based approach to mixed-age class of 4-6 year-olds in areas of: STEAM, ELA, art, dance, international culture, ESL, cooperative games, SEL, yoga and meditation, and conflict resolution. IB training workshops: Learning Diversity, Play-based Learning, Language Learning, Assessment.
Integrity Academy - Austin, TX
April 2016 - January 2018
Mentor/Teacher, K - 1st
In collaboration with co-Mentor, offered thematic-based learning through a whole-child approach to mixed-age class of 4-7 year-olds in areas of: STEM, ELA, art, music, dance, nature excursions, cooperative games, SEL, and conflict resolution. Assisted in curriculum and learning continuum development. Created Dinner Around The World program for school families.
Meta Thinkers - Austin, TX
Dec 2015 - March 2016
Teacher, multi-age Elementary
Designed and implemented personalized education enrichments using thematic and inquiry-based projects in a multi-age setting to stimulate critical thinking and creativity.
Austin Independent School District - Austin, TX
Feb 2015 - Jan 2016
Preferred Elementary Substitute (Maplewood Elementary School), Middle School
Elementary Ed, ESL, SPED, Middle Grades
Clearview Sudbury School - Austin, TX
Sept - Oct 2015
Temporary Teaching Staff, K-12
Facilitation and supervision of self-directed, democratic student body; administrative tasks.
Institute of Reading Development - Austin, TX
Apr - Aug 2015
Reading Instructor - Summer Program, all ages
Taught children and adults reading/reading enrichment for a summer reading program. K-5th: phonics, phonemic awareness, sight words, decoding, fluency, story grammar. 6-12th: speed, comprehension, textbook analysis, character development, note-taking. Adult: speed, reporting techniques, previewing, analytical reading.
AHB Community School - Austin, TX
Jan - May 2015
Student Teacher/Teacher Trainee, Middle School
Assisted and taught during culminating semester in multi-age, progressive classroom, ages 8-12, all subjects.
James English Academy - South Korea
Oct 2013 - Oct 2014
ESL Instructor, K-12
Taught English to ages 6-18 in mixed-age setting; class size range 6-18. Designed curriculum, differentiated instruction, and provided positive behavioral management. Disciplines: life and physical sciences, composition, grammar, reading, and phonics.
Diving Operations - USVI, FL, Republic of Panama
Aug 2009 - Jan 2013
PADI OW SCUBA Instructor/Emergency First Response Instructor
Taught 1-8 students/3 classes daily, in-class and in-water (pool and open ocean), SCUBA and EFR; managed operations of a small resort hotel/dive shop in Republic of Panama.
Yoga Under The Sun- USVI, FL
Oct 2005 - Jan 2013
Owner and Certiﬁed Yoga Instructor
Taught private sessions, seminars, and group classes for children/adults. Implemented programs at: Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Secret Harbour Resort, Best Western Resort, Magen’s Point Resort, Jackson Complex Antilles Gym, and America’s Paradise Gym. Designed marketing/advertising and developed curricula for classes, seminars, and wellness fairs.
Other Professional Experience
Sailing Yachts - St. Maarten, USVI, Europe, FL
Managed and maintained 60-93 ft. sailboats. Collaborated with crew to manage daily operations, provide guest service, supervise crew. Navigated vessels across the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, and have sailed >8000 nm.
AXA Advisors, LLC - Buffalo, NY
Series 7 General Securities Representative and New York State Life and Health Insurance Agent. Acquired >300 clients in 3 years; managed portfolios of $10,000- $1,000,000. Analyzed financial information to determine suitable financial strategies. Built and retained client base through prospecting, networking, marketing, and referrals. Coordinated/presented seminars to educate clients on financial products/services/strategies. Maintained detailed documentation to ensure federal/state compliance. Maintained confidentiality and impeccable integrity with client information. Created and published monthly newsletter for clients.
SoftChoice Corporation - TX, LA, NY, Canada
Corporate Account Executive/National Licensing Consultant
Presented national/international seminars with Microsoft to groups of 50-300. Conducted consultation/metrics-driven analysis to assess and optimize software investments and software asset management. Designed marketing/advertising materials for partner programs with Microsoft. Increased GP and market share by developing new business accounts: Cabot Oil, Veritas, Exxon, Enron, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Transocean. Recognized quarterly/annually for exceeding sales revenue goals and developing strong partner relationships.
FLDOE Teaching Certiﬁcation - License: #1256640 - Elementary Ed. K-6, Univ. of West Florida
(Pending Licensing in Chemistry 6-12 and English 6-12)
Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio, GPA 3.4
TEFL - 160 hrs, Language Link, University of Cambridge
OW SCUBA Instructor/EFR Instructor/Rescue Diver, PADI
Certiﬁed Yoga Instructor - 200 hrs, Himalayan Institute
Refugee Services of Texas, TX
Barium Springs Home For Children, NC
Zonta International: Public Relations Co-Chair, Buffalo, NY
New Millennium Group, Buffalo, NY
Unity of The Keys Meditation Leader, FL
Meditation Classes, US, USVI
Various community service work
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