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When working with a student preparing for the ACT or the SAT test, I prefer to met for at least three sessions. This gives me an opportunity to assess the student's skills, assign work to do at home, and then provide feedback and corrections during lessons.
I also spend time discussing basic test taking skills and tips for scoring as high as possible.
Although reading skills are acquired over a long period of time, certain basic techniques improve comprehension and will help a student get higher scores on both the ACT and SAT reading tests.
During lessons, I help the student break down the major components of an essay, recognize key themes and analyze subject matter. By understanding basic sentence and paragraph structure, a student can improve their reading test scores.
Having taught college history for 13 years, I have the unique ability to understand the expectations of a professor in this field. Not only can I assist in general study skills in the area of history in general, but also have the ability to make history interesting and relevant.
I have served as a coach, instructor, umpire and clinician for baseball from t-ball through Junior College. I stress basic skills and correct mechanics for young players so that they can have longer, healthier careers if they so choose. Emphasis on fielding, proper throwing mechanics and efficient batting techniques are my primary concern. Also, an understanding of the history and development of the sport are included in any training.
I began playing basketball at the age of 8 with my older brother. When I could take the ball away from him, I was allowed to learn offense. As a result, I played high school varsity basketball from 6th grade through 12th. I played at a private school in Birmingham, Alabama, until my sophomore year when I moved to Pagosa Springs, Colorado. I was all conference my first year in Colorado and later went to Wayland Baptist University on an academic scholarship. I walked on at Wayland (the #2 team in the country the year before). As a college basketball coach, I started the women's program at Southwestern College in Phoenix, Arizona. Several Pagosa Springs players have played for SWC and I coached 2 All-Americans and 8 Academic All-Americans in 6 seasons. My assistant coach, Mike Berry, won the National Junior College Championship for MEN at Merced Community College in California before working under my leadership. When I retired, the team I started with no scholarships lost by two points to the National Champions on their home court. I have also coached basketball clinics around the country, including Pagosa Springs.
I believe that II Timothy 3:16-17 is the truth. The Bible is either absolutely, 100% God's Word, or it is a complete and utter lie. I teach all subjects with the viewpoint that the Old and New Testament are true, but that various parts of Scripture were not intended for scientific, medical, geological, etc. use. Any part of Scripture that seems contradictory is due to our inability to understand an infinite God, not God's inability to be totally perfect, holy and unmeasurable. My primary understanding of God, His Word, and the certainty of eternity is based on my unshakable belief in the sovereignty of God from infinity past to infinity future. Although the earth is finite, God, His Word, and man's soul is not. I find God most confusing when I try to fit Him into the box my finite mind creates. I have received formal Bible training from my elementary and junior high education, my degree program at Wayland Baptist University, and various spiritual mentors. Ultimately, I try to imitate these influences only in as much as they imitated Christ, the "human" incarnation.
I tend to define career in modern society as your means of making an income. I prefer to guide students toward their passion and find a "career" that fits. At the junior high, high school, and even college level, passions tend to come and go. Helping a student identify their most basic passion helps them plan the career path.
I am also a firm believer in living in the present. Thinking and planning too far ahead takes away from the joys of the present. Helping students find that balance leads to my personal satisfaction and success.
Although the majority of my generation did not view college as an essential element of a successful life, society has changed it's philosophy. Therefore, I encourage every student who wants to have a "professional" career to chose a college based on their goals and personal interests. I have worked with professors, administrators, guidance counselors and financial advisors while recruiting for my volleyball and basketball teams, as well as helping place students in other schools better suited to their interests. Is college the preferred means of continuing education? Yes! Is it the only means? No! It is better to plan on attending school (i.e., getting the grades) and change your mind, than to have to do remedial work to get where you finally decide to go.
My diverse background makes it possible for me to give informed counsel about schools across the nation and around the world. Expose your student to the possibilities and let them find their niche.
I have worked with Microsoft Windows for the past 15 years, both in an office environment and in my personal business. I am OPAC certified, as well as having completed courses in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook by Microsoft. My expertise includes basic use as well as business applications such as spreadsheets, charts, PowerPoint presentations, managing databases, and budgets.
Publishing experience includes design, editing, creative writing and interfacing with social media.
Although I have a BS in history and have the knowledge base for music history, I am also a musician. I play the piano and various percussion instruments. I have played in both orchestra and small ensemble settings. The combination of my love of music, along with my background in history, makes music history particularly interesting and fun to teach.
History can be a dry subject if the teacher is not passionate about both the subject matter and the need for students to understand the history of their subject, as well as the mechanics of music.
I have a variety of experiences in this area. Along with teaching history at the college level for thirteen years, I have also taught seminars in a variety of areas. I have served as a spokesman for SheSafari, a women's outdoor clothing line. I have been a keynote speaker for Becoming a Women of the Outdoors, and for the National Wild Turkey Federation. I have also performed as both an actor and a musician in college, community theater and area churches.
The keys to effective public speaking are confidence and preparation. My experience in both speaking and teaching make me a successful tutor in this area.
Although my religious heritage is primarily Protestant, I was raised in a non-denominational, evangelical home with fundamental Judeo-Christian beliefs. I attended a private, Christian school in Birmingham, Alabama until the 10th grade, then moved to Pagosa Springs for three years of high school. I attended Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. After graduate school at Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama, I relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1984. I have worked as a Director of Communications for a large, non-denominational Bible church in Phoenix; as a professor at Southwestern College, in Phoenix; and as a Records Analyst for various Maricopa County agencies. Taught to know what you believe, as well as what others believe, I have taught World Religions, Far Eastern studies, and basic Catholic theology. Although I feel I am required to "give an answer" to any "man"; I feel it is essential to understand others' spiritual beliefs before trying to explain my own. I love a good debate, but am willing to argue either side for the sake of stimulating conversation.
In the South, I attended Baptist, Episcopalian and Lutheran churches. I have worked in the West with Mormons, Catholics, Buddhists, Muslims, and many other "denominations". As a member of the Maricopa County Diversity Council, my primary job was to present educational materials on whatever ethnic, socio-economic, or cultural group being celebrated at the moment. Your student will find me more interested in respect for others than being right. You must know what you believe and why, but it is seldom necessary to beat someone over the head with it to effectively communicate!
My style of teaching is based on whatever method of learning an individual most tends toward. Some students are visual learners, some learn better through hearing the lesson, and others learn through doing. I evaluate a student's learning style, then develop a study program suited to that style.
I have "borrowed" techniques from those I respect and tweaked them to fit individual situations. I served as the academic advisor in my sorority in college; as a tutor at Auburn University; and as a professor of freshman Western Civilization at Southwestern College. The teacher must be able to adapt any system to fit the needs of the individual learner. Whether it is kindergarten or college, proper study habits lead to success.
I have been involved in various aspects of drama (the theater) for over 35 years. My involvement includes 21 credit hours in theater while an undergraduate student. I have also acted in more than 15 productions including 2 in college, 12 in Phoenix community theater, and 3 regional Shakespeare productions.
However, my main interest in this area has always been with the "behind the scenes" aspects of theater. I have served in a variety of capacities for several companies, including stage manager, assistant director, props master, costume design and creation, scenery design and painting, lighting design and AV construction.
My technical expertise includes running sound and light boards, managing backstage audio (i.e., wireless mics, sound effects) and working with special effects including fog machines, automated lifts and special lighting effects.
Whether as a "lackey" moving scenery and props, to wearing the headset and running the show, I have been a part of every aspect of dramatic productions. Although I enjoyed my opportunities to act, I have derived greater pleasure from making it possible for others to shine in their craft by working in the less visible aspects of theater.
Although I only played volleyball through high school, I went on to get my degree in Physical Education and coached women's volleyball on the college level for 7 years. I was the head coach for Arizona Christian University (then Southwestern College) in Phoenix, Arizona. I also coached at the junior high and club level prior to coaching in college. I was named the 2002 Coach of the Year for the West Region of the NCAA and my team finished 2nd in that year's tournament.