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In addition to substitute teaching and working for my multiple subjects teaching credential I run a small technology licensing firm. I have worked with business and marketing and ensuring that legal aspects of patenting and business organization is done carefully and well. The legal component of running a business is critical also to fulfilling government requirements for the privilege of owning an LLC and also being sure that appropriate tax laws are adhered to yearly.
There are many important issues to running a small business and a lot of administrative work that needs to be overseen. I have worked on grants and coordinated national business conferences with vendors and key consultants working closely with our marketing expert.
I am currently working to complete my Multiple Subjects Teaching credential at Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, California. Fortunately, one year of study was waived based on my PhD work and life experience. I have been a substitute teacher for Kelly Educational Staffing for four years and recently joined the Ravenswood School District. Both require passing the CBEST and CSET tests for academic skills and knowledge. I have taught throughout the San Francisco Bay Area K-12 but for the Multiple Subjects credential the emphasis is on K-6. Teaching includes lesson planning, student assessment and modifications where needed to assist struggling students.
I have also taught Digital Photography at Nueva School in Hillsborough and tutored children with learning and language disabilities K-6 through other tutoring. I love working for WyzAnt and have had tremendous results working with the K-6 age group.
As a child I grew up in a home where English was the primary language but my mother and grandmother spoke English as a second language. I'm aware of the difficulties and wonderful cultural mystery of second language learning and encourage comparative dialog to encourage confidence and build skill.
Working with English as a second language opens up an important and exciting frontier of possibilities for the learner. Improving English skills through pronunciation, writing and general communication skills is important for students in all walks of life whether for personal or professional advancement.
I am an internationally noted published speaker and writer. I have participated and moderated panels and led group discussions in many different kinds of professional and community service related environments. As a teacher I have to speak in front of a class on a daily basis and be informative, as well as, instructive about the curriculum.
Public speaking is challenging and exciting. It requires knowledge of the subject and a passion about the topic. Self confidence and the desire to communicate are critical to enjoying public speaking.
I have a professional background from The Juilliard School in New York City. I've written and collaborated on numerous songs to build peace and community to celebrate holidays like Earth Day and protecting the rights of the child for the United Nations, Unicef, Amnesty International and Bay Area Action. I'm currently working on an original screenplay with many original songs in it including by well-known artists which will be produced with professional musical direction and performance.
I come from a bi-lingual home and speak both English and Spanish. Helping students learn to speak Spanish is a wonderful experience because of the complexity and cultural richness of the language. The sounds are rhythmic and there is no learning long and short vowel sounds like the English language. The vowels always have the same sound!
Tutoring to help students with study skills is very important and rewarding. Helping young people learn how to time manage and effectively put their efforts into advancing themselves academically is critical to success in the classroom. I have worked with many students who lose focus or lack confidence at a vital moment. By helping these students put first things first and keep on top of what is being asked of them they can accelerate into a successful learning experience. Sometimes a student needs to practice details. At other times it is sustaining themselves through the difficult part of an assignment. There are many aspects to applying good study skills.
My own experience in working to complete a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, being awarded two masters and everything but the PhD thesis has required that I learn how to effectively complete assignments, study, and be able to write, report and test. This is a critical skillset which helps me work with students of all ages to improve their study skills.
I have written and been published professionally in the international community for IPRA, the International Peace Research Association, the Global Computer Congress as part of the United Nations through Unesco, and Eurologo. The themes of my papers include learning, and learning environments, and art and peace. I'm a published poet and am currently preparing for film preproduction on the rewrite of an original screenplay. I write in many different forms and enjoy in particular short essays, correspondence and reports. Helping students learn to write and find a personal voice is critical to cultivating imagination through the power of the pen.