My name is Jackie, and I have 12 years' experience of teaching and training. Currently, I am enjoying tutoring elementary and middle school children in reading, writing, and basic math, as well as teaching high school and college students how to research and write grade A papers.
All of my students, meaning a perfect 100%, have improved their grades by at least one letter grade, if not more, and passed every one of their tests and exams. I help ALL my clients reach their goals!
Tutoring and teaching is my full-time business. Last year I returned to the U.S. from living in Peru where I taught English-as-a-second-language and GMAT classes. My students ranged from adult business people to high school students. I really needed to utilize different teaching methods depending on the students' needs. Some students wanted more business-related conversation, so I had be able to teach business principles in marketing, communication, logistics, interviewing, and so much more. Other students needed to work on the basics of grammar, reading, and writing, and we had a lot of fun in class, whether going through the lesson or improvising by singing the latest American pop songs to learn the lyrics.
The feedback I often received from my Peruvian students was that I made learning an enjoyable experience--they wanted to work harder to advance quickly in their classes. Both my Peruvian and American students agree that I have a lot of patience and turn even the most challenging lessons into ones of positivity and encouragement. I provide critical feedback in the most constructive of ways that helps the students reach conclusions on their own. I enjoy being there to support and guide their experience!
Before I left for Peru, I worked at St Vincent de Paul Village (part of Father Joe's Villages) in downtown San Diego. There I taught adults with and without learning disabilities, as well as children from preschoolers to high school students. Teaching such a wide variety of students pushed me to think creatively and come up with memorable ways to engage the students and help them remember the lessons.
In high school, I took all AP and college prep classes. I went to a liberal arts college in Virginia where I focused on social studies and biology. I spent a few years training business people in Microsoft Office, Photoshop, InDesign, as well as presentation techniques. In grad school, I focused on applied anthropology and public health. During that time, I tutored students in web design. In between, I've worked in Communications and Training in international health and development, so I have a lot of experience to bring to teaching.
Basically, I love teaching. I'm enthusiastic yet patient, and I absolutely adore helping kids and adults alike learn. It's such a sense of accomplishment when my students show off their terrific grades. I see the same look in my students eyes regardless of age--that pride that shines from within, that exuberant smile, like they can conquer anything. I want my students to keep that pride for a long, long time.
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