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As a teacher, I had to pass the CBEST test to apply for and teach in California. My BA, MA, years of teaching experience, and taking the test myself have all helped me to become an effective CBEST coach and tutor.
I have taught 4th, 5th and 6th learners full time as a teacher for 2 years. In addition, at Fairmont schools, as the Instructional Technology Coordinator, I weekly modeled for teachers in their classroom technology-infused lessons for students in grades K-6 for eight fun years. Therefore, I learned and created exciting lessons (and taught) to each grade level and content area, including for grade 4 - a gold rush inspiration, scavenger hunt, and power point presentation for history classes, grade 5 - a Donner Party presentation and cooperative learning experience, grade 2 - an Abraham Lincoln short bio clip along with an Inspiration file, and short class play, grade 1 - plants lesson with photos, excel to chart growth and vocab on flashcards via Power Point. These are just a sample of what I have taught over the years to elementary children. Teachers come to me to infuse technology weekly, and in turn, I become a more effective elementary teacher who knows what grade level teaches what topic in each content area, and how to excite and motive the learner in each class via technology and various effective teaching strategies including cooperative learning, active learning, authentic/learning by doing and technology assisted learning.
I went to graduate school in which I studied Foreign Language Learning (Pedagogy), also known as second language acquisition and Spanish. Our University had a unique program with Universidad de Granada Spain, so I have helped ESL students at both the college and high school levels in both the U.S. and in Spain when I lived there.
After grad school, I taught ESL for two summers at Cushing Academy in Boston where they have over 40 levels of English as a second language. I then taught ESL English as a second language in Costa Mesa for two years.
Afterwards, I took a position as a teacher trainer and high school. While at Fairmont Prep, I was asked sub often as an ESL instructor, and then later to lead a group of 24 ESL students throughout Prague, Vienna and Berlin and had a fabulous trip with all students. Before and after the trip, I coordinated parent meetings, the ESL culture assignments while traveling, last minute details, FAQ’s, and the trip blog. Currently, I teach high school Spanish in San Jose each day, and quite often teach ESL, as needed. My years of experience teaching ESL/ESOL, living in Spain, and leading a group of ESL learners abroad have helped me become a qualified ESL tutor.
I have been teaching adults software for more than 10 years. I currently teach teachers at a 1:1 laptop school so I have to be aware and able to answer any question on a number of different applications, websites, etc. I feel that my MA in Learning styles is crucial in my ability to teach sometimes the many steps in learning a new computer program or system. I have also trained telecommunications and financial software so I have real world experience.
Back in 1999, when the state of Idaho required the passing grade of a general computer test on topics such as desktop publishing, databases, spreadsheets, the internet, Multimedia, Word, Outlook, etc. I passed with a very high score, and ended up training teachers for two years for a company called Futurekids, who offered professional development of computer skills to teachers, who needed to pass this test.
For the last ten years, I have attended CUE, Computer Using Educators, who has an annual techie conference in which I am able to keep up to speed on the latest and greatest ways of technology integration. In the past several years, I have helped choose hardware and software for the "Classroom of the Future" that includes smart boards, remote clickers, document projectors, the mimio, to software such as inspiration, united streaming, google earth, etc. I was instrumental in testing with teachers and students the most effective ones, and getting them into the lab for them to use, inc. Qwizdom instant remotes. And I like introducing and teaching powerpoint, excel, access, from apple: imovie, comic life, keynote, numbers, pages; to google docs, google notebook, google research, to any computer program or skill that they need, inc. short cuts to the importance of backing up one's data and organizing files on an external drive, server, not just the memory sticks.
I currently work at a Macintosh 1:1 laptop school. I am in charge of teaching the teachers all the technology. We only have Macs on our campus, no PCs. Therefore, I have to know any and all questions about Macs, these can include the ilife suite, which includes iphoto, idvd, imovie, as well as other useful software like Numbers, Keynote, Pages, Garage Band, Podcast maker, etc. Teaching these topics for more than a few years have really helped me learn all I can about Macintosh computers. I also troubleshoot them for both teachers and students as needed, from spilling coke on them, to testing, batteries to hard drive crashes. I love being an active, happy mac user and now wont go back to PC.
I have taught Microsoft Outlook more than seven years to over 300 adult learners, from a school teacher, to a CEO of a company to a principal of very busy schools. I know how to communicate and teach any adult (or at any age since I have taught students in grades 2 up to high school and college) the best way to navigate throughout Outlook and use it in the most efficient ways possible for them. I've also read through over 16 manuals and have hand picked specific chapters for the exact learner and what they need, from calendar meeting requests, to calendar scheduling, to creating subfolders for their mass amounts of email to stay organized, yet not missing an important email to reply to. I also taught Outlook for 2 years for a software training company called Futurekids. Thus, I feel I have the background and knowledge to help anyone learn Outlook, regardless of the version that they are using.
I have taught Microsoft Windows since 1999, so for more than eight years to over 340 adult earners, from a school teacher, to a CEO of a company to a principal of very busy schools. I know how to communicate and teach any adult (or at any age since I have taught students in grades 2 up to high school and college) the best way to navigate throughout Windows and use it in the most beneficial ways possible for them.
I've also read through over ten manuals and have hand picked specific chapters for the exact learner and what they need, from exploring their machine, to file management, to managing downloads, the importance of an anti virus software, managing their applications, etc. I also taught Windows for 2 years for a software training company called Futurekids. Thus, I feel I have the background and knowledge to help anyone learn Windows, regardless of the version or year that they are using.
I have a MA in Spanish and had to pass the Praxis CSET test a few years ago. I also have a BA in Spanish, and I lived and studied in Spain for a year in college, so I feel quite confident in my Spanish abilities. I also translate for the Red Cross and have been deployed nationally to translate English to Spanish for Disaster Relief Services.
I have taught various grade levels for many years. I have taught high school full time for 3 years, college for 2 years, 4th, 5th and 6th learners full time as a teacher for 2 years.
Currently, I teach teachers and students at a Technology Magnet high school and love what I do.
I have a Masters Degree in Spanish and Learning Styles, which is how people learn. I have taken courses in grad and undergrad school that explained the different types of study skills for various types of learners. How people learn fascinates me, so that is why I am an effective study skills tutor as I can and know how to tailor a lesson to meet the various needs of each learner, including visual, audio, hands on, cooperative, etc and how to apply to it various lessons.
I also taught students and teachers for eight years as an Instructional Technology Coordinator to enhance learning and studying skills using technology as a tool. I have attended many conferences about effective learning strategies and enjoy helping students improve their overall study skills, including a 20 hour workshop on study skills this past August.
Please see recent reviews from students that state how they like how I am able to differentiate and enhance my teaching methods for each student, as needed, as no one learns in the same way.