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I have taught Bible Studies for 20 years through community churches. I have no formal coursework in theology. Most Bible teaching does not involve critical thinking. Oftentimes, such thought and the resulting questions are discouraged. But in a quest to understand religion and faith relative to the Bible, whether for class room studies or personal desire, is greatly hampered without the component of critical thought. Good Bible study is far more likely to enhance and strengthen faith than it is to discourage or dampen it. Even in the cases where the latter occurs, it results in a more open-minded agnostic or atheist. I teach the tools of translation and interpretation and original meaning. I make no claim that the Bible is infallible, but I do believe that the word of God can be discerned within it nonetheless.
I have a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Finance from Cal Poly State University SLO, CA. After college,I went to Africa with the Peace Corps, I was fortunate enough to be in one of the first groups sent to work directly in business. At a local organization, I had the opportunity to experience every facet of business: administration, planning, human resources, finance, marketing, on a small scale and in a completely different culture. My experience back in the US has served to solidify and expand on what I learned. Working in numerous start-ups and small businesses of every kind (from high tech to retail, for circuit boards to coffee), I have modest to extensive experience in almost everything a business organization will face. I have real life experience and good academic research skills.
For 10 years I had the opportunity to be a hands-on, managing director of a small, inclusive pre-school and after school care home for kids K-6. I worked often with the kids on school homework and assisted families in setting up IEPs (Individualized Education Plans). My educational back ground includes all the course-work for a Masters in Special Education at Santa Clara University. In that coursework, we studied methods of learning and teaching and the means for reaching individuals who were struggling in particular subjects.
Hard Of Hearing
My friend and client is deaf and special needs. I have worked with her for 18 years and with her, I have learned ASL. I am by no means an expert, but efficient at communicating school work, self-help, concrete concepts. I have tutored her as part of respite care services working on home work, special projects, studying for tests, etc.
I completed all the coursework for a Masters in Special Education at Santa Clara University. I was the hands-on Manager of an inclusive day care facility for 10 years during which I utilized phonics to help the children in my care who were struggling with reading and writing. The debate in educational circles between whole language reading and phonics is really a non-issue if you are struggling to read. I don't espouse phonics as better. I espouse it as a tool. When I read an unfamiliar word, I deconstruct it (phonics) and I look for similarities to words I am familiar with (whole language). It is the rare circumstance that requires boring and repetitive phonic drills. I don't enjoy teaching that way, and have not met many students who enjoy learning that way. However, when taught and used as a tool to assist in the construction of language, phonics is helpful.
Correct and persuasive speech is a part of any University Business degree. My Bachelors of Science is in Business Administration from Cal Poly State University, SLO, CA, where i honed the skills of good presentation. Speech and debate was a passion of mine was a high school and college student. As a Manager for a small non profit organization, I frequently am required to present to various donor groups or grant providers. I speak on the goals of our organization with the intention of motivating others to provide us with funding or resources. In various business situations, speaking articulately and persuasively is necessary for presentation of self or company or project. My style of teaching is to encourage and not demean.
I have a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Cal Poly State University, SLO, CA. I am a QuickBooks Pro. Having utilized QuickBooks for 20 years, I do consider myself and expert in the software. I am a business consultant lately specializing in bookkeeping and accounting. I use QuickBooks for several clients varying from small non profit groups, to sole proprietors to small Corporations. There is no tool, no module, no process in QuickBooks that I have not used. QuickBooks is intuitive and easy to teach.
My friend and client is deaf and special needs. I have worked with her for 18 years and with her, I have learned ASL. We studied informally at her home, every Tuesday night for 10 years, under the tutelage of Charles, a deaf man and deaf student aid in California and New York. I participated in numerous ASL courses offered by local community. I completed no formal coursework at a University. I am by no means expert, but efficient at communicating school work, self-help, concrete concepts. I have tutored her as part of respite care services working on home work, special projects, studying for tests, etc.
I completed all the coursework for a Masters in Special Education at Santa Clara University. The University allowed me to modify the curriculum focusing on respite care rather than conventional classroom teaching. Beginning with respite care 20 years ago, I have worked individually and in group settings like inclusive care homes with a wide variety of special needs clients. Autism, ADD, ADhD, Aspergers, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Brain damage, Aperts Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy. I have experience with g-tubes and special diets, medication needs, self-help, some physical therapy (with guidance from a professional). With special needs, a functional relationship between the service provider and the family is crucial. The families needs and wants are priority, but personal integrity is also important. So if there is conflict on important issues of care or teaching that can not be resolved, I will step down.
As the hands on Manager of an inclusive day care facility, I worked with both typical and special needs kids. When necessary, I tutored and assisted with home work and often helped children and families with study skills. Part of my coursework at Santa Clara University Masters of Education program involved assessing study skills as well as teaching them. As a respite care providers to teen age and adult clients, I have worked with this group in various aspects of learning and study. Scheduling and time management, textbook reading comprehension, study environment, note-taking -- these are some of the areas that study skills address. Depending on individual need, we can address each issue. Some individuals need complete quiet to study while some need background noise (music or conversation). Some students manage time with great common sense; others don't even realize time needs to be managed. Learning to pull from a textbook important pieces of information, instead of reading every word can be of great help to some individuals. Figuring out tools to assist with memorization and concentration is also valuable. We assess where you are and what you are struggling with and we take action to fill in the study holes.