This tutor looks at the world through a Christian worldview, having been brought up that way. The main idea is that life in general is a positive experience, with a serious belief in a happy ending in life for everyone with faith in Jesus Christ, who has fulfilled every Biblical prophecy regarding the predicted Messiah. Faith in God especially empowers learning potential, and such belief is the greatest possible force-multiplier of learning, as well as personal development. Private tutoring allows a Christian approach that may be lacking elsewhere in the learning fields.
Every student brings certain attitudes to the learning table. It is often important for the tutor to appropriately research a student's points of view regarding a given learning subject. Generally, the better a tutor understands a student's mental outlook from the beginning, the better learning can be facilitated. The more enjoyable learning is, the better retained, with enthusiastic intensity in every lesson a goal. I have a particular regard for the teaching approach of the great Dr. Carl Rogers, who advocated a decentralized approach to learning, where students' personal interests are maximized. Personal learning issues tend to be major learning obstacles, and flexibility in addressing these issues tends to allow learning to become increasingly more fun. For example, quite a number of students seem to solve some problems better if they start at the end and work backwards, likely because they are able to see a whole picture better that way. The more success they have, the happier they are. They may thus develop more positive expectations and performance.
One very important part of learning is developing good study skills
and habits. As a tutor I often hope to instruct in parallel with a teacher's scope and sequence, watching for what is coming around the next learning bend, so I can help the student keep pace. A primary task is improvement in homework without the tutor personally doing the student's work, followed by improvement in test scores. Harmony and regularity between tutoring and school processes tend to promote regular study, with anticipation of more success in schools.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish
from the University of Iowa, with extensive undergraduate coursework in French
. I have held Secondary (7-12) and Middle School certificates in the State of Iowa, with a coaching endorsement. I have many years of experience in teaching a wide variety of academic subjects as a substitute teacher in public and private schools, as well as coaching sports, especially baseball
. My academic specialties are mainly Spanish and German, but I am also well versed in French, English
, certain mathematics
, and general athletic training. I have served as a Bilingual Tutor (Spanish-English) for elementary school students. I taught Spanish in Adult and Community Education for one term. I also have qualified as an Adult Literacy Tutor. I recently served as an Academic Coach for about eighteen months at a former private academy for young people with histories of serious social and learning issues. Geology
is a main hobby of mine, and I have explored much of the terrain of Arizona. I am an accomplished vocalist with much voice training, and practice a variety of guitar