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I am a boomer tutor who enjoys supporting one's learning process though a holistic approach, engaging all aspects of the mind, body, and spirit for more effective learning. I teach workshops in Compassionate Communication (Nonviolent Communication), addressing feelings and needs in empathetic communication. I bring NVC to tutoring, increasing connection between myself and the student-vital to successful learning. I have compassion, through my own experience as one with learning disabilities, with students with disabilities. I have my own physical library of supplemental materials/resources on various topics and can provide copies and links to these.
Education and certificates:I have a juris doctorate degree in law (not an attorney) and undergraduate double major in history and behavioral science, Along with a Substitute Teaching certificate K-12 since 1997 and substituting in a variety of schools in Maricopa County, AZ, I have tutored after-school students in elementary and high schools in reading and writing. As a commercial pilot and certified flight instructor, I also hold advanced ground instructor certificates. Lastly, I am a notary, performing a variety of signing services since 2009.
Social Sciences: As one with 20 years in research and technical writing, I can tutor in law, history, all social sciences, English, reading, and writing. A few experiences to note: For the last ten years, I had been a Small Claims Hearing Officer Volunteer part-time for the Maricopa County Justice Courts. Hearing officers hear and adjudicate a variety of disputes regarding contracts, real estate, and injuries (tort claims) below $2500. My extensive multi-cultural background includes working with Arizona Indian Tribes as a Juvenile Justice Administrator for the Navajo Nation and Prosecutor for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. As a Commissioner for the Arizona Indian Affairs Commission, I became familiar with the administrative functions of government, liaisoning between tribes and state government, and setting of policy direction. In all three of these positions, I addressed, through community meetings and research/proposals, issues such as family violence, criminal justice reform, and drug/alcohol policy. Other areas of legal specialty include Constitutional and Consumer law.
In Physical Sciences, I have 25 years of direct experience with nutrition and exercise (weightlifting and running). Most recently, I have became a certified Weight Management Specialist and am pursuing Fitness Trainer Certification next. In addition to advising individuals, community classes I have given in the Nutrition and fitness field include: information sharing on the latest well-documented information regarding diet, herbs, yoga, exercise, and stretching- to enhance one's vitality and quality of life. Naturopathic (vs. allopathic) and prevention ideas are the focus, addressing ailments previously thought to be untreatable, such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis, and cancer. Handouts/resources are provided. Having an alternative health focus, these presentations do not constitute medical advice! The latest addition here is the creation of a new Nonprofit providing education and promotion of gardening and growing of raw food and herbs.
My most recent tutoring experience since 2012 has been tutoring middle school and college-level students in language arts, law, and social sciences- mostly all through WyZant Tutoring.
I look forward to being a part of an empowering experience for students of all backgrounds and ages!
In life and in teaching, I have worked with ADD/ADHD people and students. And, nowadays, this recently developed psychiatric label can be too zealoulsy applied, resulting in labeling someone with ADD who simply is creative, a good multi-tasker, or a fast thinker.
With my educational background in Behavioral Sciences, patience, tenacity, and allowance for the creativity that ADD people have, I can help them gain the focus necessary to achieve a tutoring goal.
Profiled in Fitness Plus Magazine in 2003 as a "Vegan Weightlifter", I have been working out in various gyms in the Phoenix area since 1986. I started out in an effort to lose weight I had gained in my early twenties, so over the years have had a wide range of experience working with weights and the interaction between bodybuilding, nutrition, gym facilities, and biomechanics of the wide varieties of equipment. I also bring background in natural remedies, corrective exercise, stretching, and yoga to tailor the exercises to the person's needs. I can come to the student's gym or home and assist in setting up a complete program, whether the goal is to lose weight/attain more definition or gain weight with developing more muscle.
During college, I took several criminal justice courses, almost enough for a minor. During law school, my focus was in the area of criminal justice, specifically on family violence law and child abuse. I wrote a published paper on syndrome evidence in child abuse prosecutions. After law school, I became a tribal prosecutor, handling misdemeanor crimes such as disorderly conduct. Later, I consulted with a large tribe on writing provisions in their law and order code regrading domestic violence, child sexual abuse, and sentencing enhancements. I have much material on the various debates going on within the CJ field such as arrest policy, trial procedure, and rehabilitation vs. punishment in corrections.
I have studied fitness and worked out for my own health improvement for 25 years, including weightlifting, yoga, and high endurance exercise, such as long-distance running.
I can describe and demonstrate in a gym and out in the field what exercises are best for various health needs, be it anaerobic or aerobic fitness.
I provide here a bio. used for my nutrition classes:
Sylvia B., J.D. was profiled in Fitness Plus Magazine, has been a vegan for over 10 years, and over the last 20 years, has focused on self-improvement, addressing several of her own health problems through diet, high endurance exercise, running, weightlifting, and yoga. Health is a passion and a constant work in progress as new things are discovered.
In my community classes, I provide information sharing on the latest well-documented information regarding diet, whole and processed foods and herbs, and their effects on the body. Naturopathic and preventative ideas are the focus, addressing the gamut of ailments previously thought to be untreatable, such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis, and cancer. Strategies for how to shop for food, read labels, and meal/portion planning are explored. Handouts/resource info are provided, along with some group exercises and Q & A.
Having an alternative health focus, these presentations do not constitute medical advice!
I can take a nurtition student though creating their own nutrition plan with options, based on their own physical and lifestyle needs. This will personalize the subject and maintain interest, with the potential for life-changing impact.
I have a variety of experiences with public speaking. I took a speech course during college and I participated on a speech team.
During law school, I participated on moot court, wherein we present our arguments and speak to the mock court-judge, jury and the opposing counsel.
Over time to the present day, I have given workshop presentations as part of my work or for the community, regarding a skill set or providing information; I facilitated a group process with practice and questions and answers.
I can critique a student's speech delivery relative to different types of speeches: articulation, demonstration, engaging the audience, and use of visual aids.
I have a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences, with several hours in Criminal Justice, which both include Sociology. During law school, I continued the focus on social issues and trends in law, as in family law, criminal law, and Indian law.
I have had an ongoing life-study of sociology and group dynamics, including social movements, political science, and cultural dynamics (such as Native American tribes).
I can simplify sociology for a student by making it relevant to the student's own life, and then we can select a topic of interest to discuss, such as the group environment at school.
As one who has had twenty years of schooling, I have developed study skills/techniques, and a variety of them- to meet different needs: time management, scheduling, subject organization, outlining. I can support a student with goal setting and some structure so that things can get completed in portions, versus becoming overwhelmed with trying to take on the whole elephant at one time.
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