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Nina Parrish

Special Education Teacher and Tutor

As an entrepreneur, Nina has experienced the ups and downs and many “hats” involved in developing a successful education business that started at her kitchen table. After her first daughter was born, Nina started a tutoring business in Virginia called Parrish Learning Zone, offering K–12 in-person and online tutoring. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters. Nina has been a special education teacher and tutored students privately for over 13 years.

She graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. Next she attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she completed her certification in special education for K–12 students. After obtaining her license, Nina earned a master’s degree in education for school counseling in grades pre-K to 12 from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Nina’s writing on education and parenting has been featured at Huffington Post, We Are Teachers, Listen to Your Mother, Mamalode, and Scary Mommy.

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    5 Ways to Support Students Who Struggle With Reading Comprehension

    These strategies can help students who are able to decode well but have difficulty understanding what they read—and they’re beneficial for all students.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Providing Rich Educational Experiences for All Students

    With proper scaffolds, students with learning differences benefit greatly from challenging opportunities like project-based learning.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Ensuring That Instruction Is Inclusive for Diverse Learners

    Using ideas from Universal Design for Learning with all students can make classrooms more welcoming for those with learning disabilities.
  • Classroom Management

    Addressing Persistent Defiance

    Any student may refuse to cooperate at times, but handling students with oppositional defiant disorder requires that teachers have a plan.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

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    To succeed in school, students need to be able to focus, control their emotions, and adjust to change.
  • Mental Health

    Setting Students With ADHD Up for Success

    Students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder benefit from these easy-to-implement strategies—and so do their peers.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Keeping the Focus on the Positive

    Paying attention to what was going well for students led a special education teacher to a strengths-based approach to teaching.
  • Literacy

    Improving Reading Skills Through Talking

    Partnering on note taking, a strategy developed for struggling readers, helps middle and high school students process what they read.
  • Critical Thinking

    Why Are So Many Students Afraid of Math?

    Emphasizing the process of problem-solving instead of speed and right answers can help reduce students’ math anxiety.
  • Assistive Technology

    5 Free Assistive Technology Aids to Use With Struggling Students

    Handy computer- and phone-accessible tools that students can use to stay organized and better connect with course content.

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