My experience didn't come from a classroom - although I have both taught and learned that way, as well - but from learning and loving doing it. I have taught a room full of restless middle-schoolers in another language, but I have also sat in more than one kitchen with an English textbook, a child's reading material, or a math book, and helped someone acquire the knowledge they needed. I love personalized tutoring not only because I teach best that way, but because I learn best that way as well.
I grew up teaching and learning to teach myself on our farm in Limestone County, with five younger siblings, and a whole array of animals. I am a self-published author, spent a year in Guatemala learning to speak Spanish, and have experience instructing in everything from ESL to crochet. I love it when people acquire knowledge that opens new vistas of thought, and it's a unique privilege to be the one who helps them make it to that place. I am a hands-on instructor. The book learning is good, and important, but if it is not useful in the real world, it is really a waste of time. When I teach something, I want both your time and mine to be well spent, and misleading or inaccurate information does not help either of us. I want to help you reach your goals, not someone's perception of the goals you should have, and do it in a timely and efficient manner, without forgetting to stop and explore the world we're entering together.
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