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I have been a student of the Bible for over 40 years. I regularly attend worship, Bible class, and engage in daily Bible study at home. I have taught children's classes from cradle roll through eighth grade. I have written and published a two year Bible school curriculum for children ranging from age five through age 10. This curriculum was translated into Mandarin Chinese. I taught the curriculum in English and Chinese prior to publication. I have also taught ladies' Bible classes, and been the main speaker at Ladies' Day events at churches. I am a former Taiwan missionary, speak Mandarin Chinese, and have taught Chinese childrens' and ladies' classes.
I hold lifetime teaching credentials for kindergarten through 8th grade. In the regular classroom, I have taught all subjects in kindergarten and first grades. I have been homeroom teacher for fourth grade and sixth grade teaching all language arts subjects, as well as social studies. As an ESL classroom teacher, I taught pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students in all core language arts subjects, as well as social studies. Additionally, I taught science vocabulary and helped students with science projects. I hold lifetime Intel Teach to the Future Master Teacher certification and am skilled in seamlessly integrating technology into project based student learning.
I have been trained in various phonics teaching methods, including 'Johnny Can Spell'. This is the method published by Alice Nine of Oregon, who used the Spaulding Method as a basis for teaching and preparing her publications. In 30 years of teaching experience, I have adapted various phonics approaches to meet the learning needs of individual students. These adaptations include large group, small group, and one-on-one tutoring settings. For five years I was in charge of the after school tutoring program in one of the schools where I taught. I have also taught in a team teaching/ tutoring setting involving phonics designed to help students in the decoding and spellings of English words.
I learned to speak Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, as an adult. Therefore, I have personal experience in correct enunciation and pronunciation. I understand the various issues involved in second language acquisition. I also have compassion regarding the importance of the students' feelings and frustrations in learning to communicate clearly when speaking a language other than the primary language. I hold multi-level ESL certification and have 30 years teaching experience in this field. I have been involved in public speaking engagements, such as speaking at various women's events. I am also experienced in making staff development presentations in the areas of second language acquisition and integrating technology seamlessly into project based teaching across the curriculum.
I worked my way through high school, college, and graduate studies by learning my own learning styles and how to be a successful student myself. I raised children who became successful students and life-long learners. I have taken many staff development courses in the area of study skills, learning to teach to all learning styles, and helping students understand their own specific learning styles. I helped my students develop strong test taking strategies. I taught in Title 1 schools in my school district, and lead my students to rank second in the entire district on national standardized tests and criterion referenced tests. My students' test scores were consistently second in the district, just a few points under the most affluent school in our district.