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I got my first experience as a teacher in 1999, when I taught middle school at a Los Angeles Prep School. I taught religion, which, unfortunately, was a class no one wanted to take. The students told me that the topic bored them to death. I resolved then and there to make my class so interesting and enjoyable that the students would love it, whether they wanted to or not! At first it was difficult for me to figure out what part of religion might interest these kids, but I asked them a lot of questions and watched them carefully each time I exposed them to new material.
Over time I learned how to present material in a way that is interesting, because if the student has no interest in a subject, it is almost impossible to teach it.
I took a few years off to have a baby, and then I began working with a company named Ivy West, which hired and trained me as an SAT tutor. Eventually I left Ivy West to tutor privately. Since 2003, I have tutored all kinds of students - struggling first graders who needed creative solutions to help them learn phonics, high-achieving middle schoolers who wanted to hone their writing skills even further, and college grads applying to prestigious graduate programs who wanted help on the essay portion of their applications.
If you want to learn more quickly, with less effort, contact me!
I have a bachelor's degree from CSU Northridge in Religious Studies (graduated with honors.) I also grew up in a Christian home with intensive Bible study.
I taught Bible at Pilgrim Preparatory School in Los Angeles for one year. I was asked to teach Bible from a historical and literary perspective, not a devotional perspective.
Writing has been a favorite part of my life starting with my first project, which was to put together a book of my poems for my mother at the age of seven (and they were probably poems that only a mother could love!) However, since that time I have written and published articles, written web copy, tutored writing for SAT students, and worked with students of all ages on everything from whipping out five-paragraph essays to crafting careful essays for graduate school application packets.
My students learn how to organize their thoughts, write to a deadline and show that they are intelligent and well read in an essay. They also often learn to enjoy the writing process, although not always. . .it really is more fun to write when you take the steps in order and know what you are doing!
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