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Anne C.

Specializing in Writing, English, & Special Education

Calimesa, CA (92320)

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I have successfully tutored children of all ages, helping them with writing, reading, arithmetic, geography, history, social sciences, science projects, art projects. I am very motivational, patient, kind and enthusiastic, and generally even the most stubborn children will come to enjoy doing their homework and school projects and their learning process.

Special needs children have been my students for years, and have taught the classes for the teachers. I have handled 1:1 students as well as up to 9 children in classroom depending on their behavioral traits. I have worked with failure to thrive children as well as physically challenged children. This is my heart work; my own brother has been 100 disabled since the Vietnam War, so I have always worked and volunteered with disabled children and adults.

In 2003, I started an organization to assist physically challenged quilt artists, teaching them professional development and also helping them to get excellent and very low cost exposure for their work. In 2005, I made the organization into a nonprofit with virtually no money or outside help. I have continued to run it successfully to the present.

I have been a Navigator for physically challenged adults at a One-Stop Center where people go to get help with job searches, resumes, learning basic computer skills which I taught and other skills needed to get jobs.

I can speak adequate Spanish and can communicate as needed in the language, and I can help Spanish speaking students to learn English.

My success record with tutoring children is very good. One girl who was failing English turned her work around and made a 98 on a written and oral presentation with my guidance and encouragement. One autistic boy began to read and learn facts he needed to know when I made special books for him based on the things he obsessed on such as the school bus. One autistic girl who repeatedly drew all over her math and other homework stopped doing that when I made her two separate books and decorated one beautifully for her art so that she wanted to draw in that book. I also used it as a reward for her once she finished her math.

In general, children like me very much and work with me easily because I am a grandma figure and also because I am very creative, observing each child and what works for him or her, and what I think might help make the child's work easier. I also understand a child's frustration with sitting in school all day and then having to come home and do more work, so I try to be very thoughtful about that. I was a child once myself and so I truly understand these things.

I am listing many of my accomplishments below because it indicates a good understanding of all the skills a good tutor needs to be successful with children. I have taught myself many of these skills. I have very strong research skills, and am very good at finding resources to help others.

B.A. Archeology, Certified Quality Manager, Certified Quality Auditor, Former Quality Assurance Consultant, Former Owner of Graphic Arts Business, Former Newspaper and Independent Magazine Editor, Founded and directed small nonprofit to assist physically challenged artists with professional development and getting exposure for their art, Published Writer, Professional Artist, Former Paraeducator for Special Needs Children - all ages, Tutoring provided over the years for adults and children, Taught Basic Computer Skills at One-Stop Center, Quilt Historian, Certified Quilt Appraiser, Taught Various Quilt-related Classes, Taught Art Classes, Former Senior Tutor for the Long Beach READ Project (teaching illiterate adults reading and other livability and workability skills, Volunteer for nonprofits and hospital, CPR/First Aid Certified

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ADD/ADHD

I was a paraeducator for many years with the Redondo Beach and Torrance Unified School Districts, both as a substitute and permanent employee for all age children and all grades. ADD/ADHD students were a very large part of our Special Education community. I have worked with these students both as a 1:1 and managing them in study centers after regular classes to help them get their homework done.

I am very dedicated to ensuring the success of my adult and children students alike. I can help observe the overall lifestyles of the ADD/ADHD students and find ways to help them outside of medicating them. I am patient, kind, motivational/encouraging, and highly observant of every detail of the ADD/ADHD student's life. I am confident and committed to create a sense of success and satisfaction for every student.

American History

I live in America, and to me, American History is the meat that goes with the potatoes of who and what we are as a society and an amalgamous culture. The how's and why's of how a law or a practice came into being is crucial for our everyday lives and decisions we must make.

I will help ALL my students find a way to make American History meaningful and interesting, as well as to help them get better grades. I am totally dedicated to the success and satisfaction of all my students.

Anthropology

Anthropology is an aspect of my training in Archaeology. I worked in the field in Arizona near Tempe, Arizona, down near Cholula, Mexico, and also in the field in Mata Ortiz, Mexico with Spencer MacCallum, Anthropologist, who discovered and made famous Juan Quezada and the Potters of Mata Ortiz. There are many web sites about them. I assisted with this project in many ways. This is anthropology at its best, for I studied the effect of the success of the Mexican potters on their society and culture. It changed their culture forever, in some ways positively, and in perhaps more ways, negatively.

Archaeology

I have a B.A. in Archaeology from Arizona State University (1975). I also studied Spanish for my Archaeology degree in Mexico in 1975 at the Universidad de las Americas in Cholula, Mexico. I worked in the field in Tempe, Arizona as well as Mata Ortiz, Mexico, with my former husband, Spencer Heath MacCallum, who discovered some potters there. With his help and my assistance to Spencer, the potters, Juan Quezada and the potters of Mata Ortiz are now internationally famous. I studied the evolution of the pottery styles over time and also the fact that this was NOT a continuing tradition over time. There had been a clear break in the pottery making since the earliest pottery shards we discovered.

I love teaching children and adults "living archaeology," or the principles of archaeology applied to our living culture. I have been asked by teachers to help children with special archaeology projects and am very good at coming up with projects that are fun and provide some good experience in the practice of archaeology.

I am patient, kind, and a very enthusiastic teacher of the subject. I can definitely instill some real fun into this technical subject. My goal is to ensure the success and satisfaction of every student. This is not just a job for me; it is my heart work. I am well grounded in archaeological practice and can definitely help my students to move forward if this is their goal.

Aspergers

As a Paraeducator for special needs children of all ages for many years with the Torrance and Redondo Beach Unified School Districts, Aspergers students were among those with Autism. Aspergers is a somewhat milder form of Autism, generally where the students lack social skills, but have good educational skills, particularly frequently in math and music. Most of the students or others I have known with Aspergers are teens or adults. I worked with a number of teens with Aspergers.

I am very confident in my work, and very creative in my approach to working with both children and adults with Aspergers. This is my heart work, and my sole goal is to ensure the success and satisfaction of every client.

Autism

I was a paraeducator for all ages of special needs children with the Redondo Beach and Torrance Unified School Districts for many years, both as a substitute and a permanent employee. Perhaps as many as 90% of our students had some form of Autism vs. some of the other developmental challenges such as Downs Syndrome. Most of us learn on the job from our experiences how to best work with these children. We call our training "The School of Hard Knocks" because most of us have been at one time (before formal training) been hit, kicked, had our hair pulled, been bitten, pinched, and even spit on. This is especially true when working with nonverbal students, though it can happen with any developmentally challenged student.

As a substitute paraeducator, it is imperative that we learn how to very quickly assess each child for his/her learning/behavioral traits, and to determine the best methods of working with him/her. We rarely get to read the IEP and we have but the briefest of introductions in the shortest amount of time to begin working with the child. I have worked with failure to thrive children, runners, children who are hearing impaired, children with physical as well as developmental challenges and basically all manner of developmentally/physically challenged children.

We do take training to learn how to prevent these children from hurting themselves or others in the classroom, and we also learn ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) which is more generally used in a laboratory setting rather than in the everyday classroom.

My goal in working with the children assigned to me has always been to help them be as successful and confident as they can be, and to have a joyful experience in their lives. I am one of the most motivational and encouraging people you will ever meet.

Career Development

In 2003, I started a small nonprofit, Fiberarts Connection of Southern California, to provide exposure for the work of physically challenged fiber artists, and also to teach them professional development for their careers. Most physically challenged artists are very isolated from the community in general, and so they absolutely need professional development.

I am a professional artist myself, and also I have experience from working with the potters of Mata Ortiz, Mexico with Spencer MacCallum, who made these unknown potters world famous and also helped stimulate the economy in the area. There are now more than 400 potters in the village, whereas there were some 8 potters when they were first discovered. This rich experience, plus some other below is how I came to learn to help others with career development very successfully

In 2003, I began to work in the One-Stop Centers, one in Redondo Beach, and one in Long Beach, CA. I was responsible for teaching introductory computer classes (MS Word, Excel, Using the Internet Safely to Search for jobs). I also helped people to write their resumes successfully regardless of the actual experience they had to work with. I also taught them general workability skills so that they knew how to dress properly, act properly, etc. on job interviews and after securing employment. I received numerous excellent reviews from the clients. I also helped and encouraged them with setting goals for their career development.

I was the Navigator for physically challenged job seekers, helping them with available resources and career development.

Having had a number of my own successful businesses, I am quite adept at helping others with their career development. I can work with a person, talking to them about their goals, and can determine quickly whether the goals they have set are realistic or good goals for them. If the person is unsure of which direction to go with career development, I can talk with them and help them to make a good decision using the skills and knowledge they have already to move forward. They might need to get more schooling or training to make a good choice, in which case, I will assist them with making good decisions, as well as showing them how to follow up with their career development.

I am totally confident that I can help anyone who really wants to succeed to set and meet their goals. I am very committed and dedicated to assisting every student to be successful and satisfied with their chosen career path.

CBEST

I took my CBEST test in the early 1980s, and have my CBEST certificate, but it is currently packed and will need to wait until I get moved to Calimesa and then get things unpacked to be able to send a copy. Because it is so old, the CBEST people do not seem to have their own copy as I have tried to get a new copy in the past.

Classics

Classics was part of my degree studies (electives) while at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. I can help you with the classics and make them fun for you to learn. I am very patient, kind and the most encouraging and motivational person you will likely ever meet.

Cooking

I wrote and published a 250 page cookbook about pumpkins, with history, folklore, nutritional information, and growing hints, as well as truly unique recipes. I love to cook, and enjoy cooking many interesting dishes to share with friends. I have an excellent sense of what combinations of ingredients work well together. Of late, I have been experimenting with homemade dog biscuits, and they are quite a success in my MH park with the various residents for their dogs.

Drawing

I have been creating art using drawing and other media for years. I did take a drawing class at El Camino College in Redondo Beach, CA back in the 1970s, but I am mostly self-taught. I am constantly drawing one thing or another.

One of the methods I like to use is to have my students not look at their hands while they are drawing the subject. We also work in measured time limits, which helps you to gain confidence to just draw instead of always judging and correcting. I make art fun and exciting. I currently teach an "Art in the Garden" class monthly in my area.

Elementary (K-6th)

As a Paraeducator with special needs children in all grades (including K-6th), I worked with one on one students and with groups of students as needed by the teachers. I also worked with regular students K-6, giving lessons in in the classroom every day to assist the teachers. I taught these children reading, writing. math, science projects, art, and also special projects. I accompanied them on the playground, teaching them games and making sure no one got hurt. I went with them to lunch and made sure each child was adequately eating and not causing problems during lunch. I have a great heart for working with children, and my goal is always to see them be successful and happy in life.

Elementary Math

Math is something I too struggled with as a child. I think if I had then had a tutor to help me, I could have done well. My own parents didn't finish school themselves so they were unable to help me. Once I grew up and did in fact get tutors, I did fine, and I also thought that it would be good to help others to get through their math without so much struggle. I am sure I can help an elementary child to get through his or her math and not just get through, but to thoroughly grasp it and do well.

English

I am a published writer and professional editor and have worked for a magazine and two small newspapers as the editor. I have many years of writing experience; my publications are all nonfiction, and include a cookbook, research paper and a quilt history book.

I have been a tutor for illiterate adults, teaching them how to read, and I wrote several small books for that purpose. I am currently volunteer editor for one of my professional organizations' quarterly newsletter. I am also a volunteer professional grantwriter.

I have two children's books I have written that I probably will publish once I decide on the art I want for each one.

GED

The GED is not really so difficult. It does include all subjects, but it is not rocket science, and with the help of a good tutor you will do well. I will have a workbook or lessons printed for you to help you follow up if you don't have these things.

General Computer

Former One Stop (Job Search Center for the City) manager - teaching computer classes to those searching for jobs. I have taught general computer skills for years and am very comfortable with the day-to-day use of the computer and Internet.

Microsoft Excel

I worked for a time at a One-Stop Center where people came to look for and apply for jobs using the computer. I taught Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, and always received excellent ratings on my teaching. Microsoft is wonderful in that if you learn one of their programs, you will be able to learn ALL their programs because there is a consistency and logic about how the programs work. As for learning Excel, it is not difficult, and Excel has many potentials that you can explore.

Microsoft Word

I taught MS Word at a One Stop Job Center, and I have been using it for around 20+ years myself. I am very comfortable with MS Word and once you learn it, you can learn a lot of other programs more easily, such as Excel, etc.

Phonics

We used phonics when I was a Paraeducator with grades K-6. I especially used phonics with some of the special needs children as a tool to help them learn to read. My own daughter learned to read at two years of age because I used phonics to teach her to recognize words. It is a great tool for children who otherwise are having difficulty learning to read.

Proofreading

I am a former newspaper and magazine editor, and have professionally edited several nonfiction books. I did technical writing for several years for a major hospital software company, and also worked as an editor for a professional organization of computer engineers and writers, producing many books for conferences and other professional gatherings. I am also a published author of nonfiction articles in magazines; research paper in an annual quilt history journal; a 250-page cookbook with history, folklore, growing hints and nutrition as well as unique recipes; and a full-length book on quilt history which is under revision. I am a professional grant writer and very comfortable with research and writing, whether formal or informal.

You will find me to be kind, patient and encouraging/motivational in every aspect of working with you.

Public Speaking

I have been giving professional talks to very large groups on various aspects of quilt history and quilt appraisals to quilt guilds since the early 1990s. I also have spoken to smaller groups on goal setting and being successful in life. I am always asked to return, sometimes to give the same talk again and again because I am a very relaxed, informative, and interactive speaker. I have learned how to "read" my audience and to keep them involved.

I am very confident that I can help you to become an excellent and sought-after public speaker. I will use some most unusual techniques and they will work if you are willing to do something different within your chosen subject matter.

Reading

I can tutor your child or you as an adult in reading and English especially. I have a degree in Archaeology with a minor in English. I have been a professional proofreader and editor for years, and am also a professional writer, with numerous nonfiction articles and two books, as well as a research article which is published.

This is my heart work and has been for many years. I LOVE to teach, and as a senior volunteer, have taught many illiterate adults how to read. My goal is always to have my students succeed and to be confident and satisfied with their learning process. I work hard to give each student extra attention. You will have me as a tutor and will have access to me via phone and Internet to answer any questions between our tutoring time.

SAT Reading

Studying for the SAT exams is not rocket science, but you will get through it more easily and get a better grade if you work on it with a tutor. I will gladly work with you to help make sure you are well prepared and confident. Once you feel ready to proceed, you will do well. Whether you need reading, writing, or other subjects, we can work through it easily and get you ready to succeed.

SAT Writing

SAT is not rocket science, but it can be overwhelming trying to study on your own. I have the workbooks, and I can help you to get prepared. I am confident that if you work with a good tutor, you will do fine on the exam. We can look at ways to take your exam for more success as well.

Tutoring is my love, and my goal is always to ensure the success of my students, as well as their overall satisfaction and confidence.

Social Studies

I have served as a substitute teacher in the Long Beach School District in middle school, teaching social studies. I have helped students with their homework and special projects in social studies as a Paraeducator for Redondo Beach and Torrance Unified School Districts. All of my students have been successful in getting good grades, including my special needs students.

I am very kind and patient, and probably the most motivational/encouraging person you will ever meet. I believe that ALL students, adults or children, can be highly successful and happy with the right encouragement and assistance. This is not just work for me; it is my heart work, and my goal is ALWAYS to have all my students succeed in the best possible light.

Special Needs

I have been a paraeducator for years, both as a substitute and as a permanent employee with the Torrance and Redondo Beach Unified School Districts. I have worked with every age group from preschool to the three years following graduation from highschool, where special needs youth are taught livability and workability skills. I have worked with every level and every type of special needs youngsters successfully. I believe that every child, no matter WHAT the special need, be it autism, Down's Syndrome, or other forms of physical/developmental challenge, can be assisted to live a happy life at some level.

This is NOT just a job for me; it is my heart work and always has been. My own brother is 100% disabled since the Vietnam War, so it has given me cause to serve all physically/developmentally challenged children and adults with true commitment and dedication. I am gentle, kind, and patient and I study each child or adult until I have it clear in my own mind the best way to work with him or her. I ave had a lot of good success because I am very inventive with special needs children and adults, and always seem to find ways that work well with them.

I have formal training in working with these children and adults, and can help them in many different areas. My goal is ALWAYS to have my students find a successful path in life.

Spelling

I am a former newspaper and magazine editor, and I have published many articles. I am also a substitute para-educator for special needs children so I work with spelling and reading well all the time. I have also been a senior tutor for illiterate adults for years and have had wonderful success with each and every student. I am extremely patient, kind, and very motivational, so you will be at ease working with me. My goal is to make sure that every student I work with is successful and happy with their results.

Study Skills

We are given new assignments each year with the school district. The last couple of years, I ended up in the Study Centers, where we helped students to do their homework, or tutored them with subjects with which they were struggling.

I assisted both one on one special needs students and regular students to improve their study skills, often resulting in improved grades. I generally had them work on the things they least wanted to do first to make sure those things got done and then they could go on to the things they liked more. I reviewed their homework to make certain it was correct, or if it was not, I helped them to go back over it and correct it. One girl went from failing in English to getting a 98 on a paper she wrote because I showed her how to address her topic more thoroughly and in more depth, showing passion in her writing, which took the paper from a normal paper to an exceptional paper

I assisted the students to have good behavior in class by positive reinforcement such as acknowledging them for their good work or for their good behavior. One of my special needs students always scribbled drawings all over her homework books so that the teacher was constantly giving her a bad grade even though she was very smart. I solved this issue by providing her with a very pretty drawing notebook which she could fill with her drawings when she was finished with her math and other homework. She also went from scribbling all over the page to imaginative and wonderful drawings which were worthy of the best sketchbook. The youngest ones got rewards such as stars on their charts, and when their charts were full, they got a special little gift such as a jar of bubbles, or some other little gift they could pick out.

I am very patient, kind, and the most motivational/encouraging person you may ever meet. Working with children or adults is my heart work, not just a job. I really put myself into making sure that every single student is as successful as humanly possible and that each student feels very satisfied with his/her progress.

Vocabulary

I love history, whether World History or American History. I have to admit that as a young person, I had trouble with these subjects. I never had the benefit of a tutor, nor did I have a context to fit my studies into. As I grew older, however, I found contexts for these subjects that appealed to me and made me hungry to connect the facts of World and American History with my specific interests. Today I cannot seem to get enough history. This is what I endeavor to instill in my students.

I will look hard to find my students' particular interests and then I will find ways to connect their interests with World and American History. History won't be just a subject we have to learn and "cough out on a test," but rather something meaningful for our lives. I believe each student can be successful in these subjects. This is my heart work, and I am not satisfied until my students are satisfied and successful.

Writing

I am a published non-fiction writer and former editor of a magazine and two newspapers. I have also been a professional editor of nonfiction books, and served as editor for a professional organization of computer engineers, editing papers for books to be distributed at conferences and other professional gatherings. I often edited several books at the same time. I co-authored a quilt history research paper in 1994 for the American Quilt Study Group. It was published in their annual journal. My co-author and I also presented our paper live in Birmingham, Alabama in front of a very large international audience.

I have also written small books for the Laubach Literary Method of teaching reading to adults who are illiterate.

Further writings include a published pumpkin cookbook with folklore, history, nutritional information and growing hints, as well as 250 pages of recipes, most of which I created from scratch. I have also co-authored a book on one aspect of quilt history - the kit quilt industry which began around the turn of the 20th century.

I can definitely help anyone become a better writer. One of my students went from barely passing to getting a 98% on her term paper with my encouragement and assistance. I have a strong skill in helping students who don't care to read and writing or don't do well in those subjects become good fans of reading and writing. I am confident that with my assistance, students will learn and improve in their reading AND writing.

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Very patient Anne was a great help to me. She helped me with my paper and has a lot knowledge with writing and formatting. She was a great help and very patient. ...

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