Dear Prospective Student and Parents,
No one goes to school intending to fail or to do poorly, but it happens. Perhaps it's the difficulty of the subject or maybe the teaching style or possibly the student is too proud to ask for help. Whatever the reasons, and there are many, they can be successfully addressed and corrected in a timely manner with a little assistance. Sometimes it's just not enough to remind students about the importance of education. My personal experience is a testimony to this.
I was raised on a tobacco farm in rural Maryland, by a single parent during the 1950's. Being the oldest of 4 children, there was little time to focus on studies. Most of my "spare time" was spent either working or helping my mother. Needless to say, I did poorly in school even though I was frequently reminded about the importance of education. But the young don't see through the eyes of adults and reminding rarely translates into results. Consequently, it wasn't until I was out of high school and in my late twenties that I began to recognize the power of education.
My approach to tutoring is straightforward. First, identify the underlying reasons for the lack of success. For example, are there reading and cognitive issues? Second assess the student's primary learning style. Does the student favor visual or auditory learning? Third, demonstrate subject value. Students usually find a glimmer of value in there most difficult subjects. Four, stimulate interest. For example, identify and focus upon the "likes" of the subject material and gradually introduce the "dislikes". I place emphasis upon developing self-confidence, effective study habits, and test taking strategies. I believe in setting practical goals and partering with the student to achieve them. My educational and professional qualifications are as follows.
I have a B.S. and M.A. in Biological Sciences from Cal-State University Hayward (East Bay) with an emphasis in Entomology and Botany. My Thesis project addressed commercial pest control practices in Piedmont, CA and focused on the amount of insecticides applied in residential settings. I recieved a PH.D. in Entomology with a minor in Plant Pathology from Louisiana State University. During my tenure at LSU, as a graduate research assistant, I specialized in Medical and Veterinary Entomology and studied the effects of host blood testosterone levels on egg production by female cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis Bouche). This project required the contruction of an artificial bllod host system, extensive reseach in blood chemistry and analysis, and the development of tools and techniques for dissecting fleas.
My teaching experience spans over four decades, and includes community college, high school, alternative high school, and substitute teaching. The subjects taught ranged from biology to algebra. I currently hold CA community college teaching credentials in Biological Sciences and Ornamental Horticulture. I also have a current CA Emergency Secondary Credential.
Between 1996 and 2003, I was the Technical Manager for a large pest control corporation. In this capacity, I traveled throughout the United States and Canada training and assisting technicians, managers, and customers. My duties also included the inspection of healthcare facilities, abattoirs, food processing plants, and research facilities. I currently hold CA pest control contractor's licenses, a wildlife trapping license, and I am a Board Certified Entomologist, an approved food safety instructor, and a Licensed CA Agricultural Pest Control Advisor.
I am currently retired and working as a substitute teacher and as a voluteer in the Adult Literacy program sponsored by the local library.
Thank you for your time and interest.
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