My name is Meridee and I have taught in Orange County in several districts between trips on our sailboat during the years; that include the Channel Islands and also as far south as Acapulco.I love seeing children succeed in their endeavors, and during one trip, home schooled my daughter through 7th grade.
I have a CLAD certificate that certifies I am able to communicate learning skills to second language learners. In the past I have won awards for my writing and been published in several newspapers and a couple of magazines. I have also entered art work in several shows and am actively engaged in that and writing songs, playing guitar.
I have a Fine Arts Degree plus certification through UCI and the Calif. Dept. of Education to teach Art at the secondary level, and multiple subjects in the K - 8th grade realm. I have taught in a special needs classroom, grades 6 - 8, in the Newport Mesa School District. I have most recently taught Art for an extended period at Ensign Jr. High and also in Huntington Beach City School Dist., combo classes K/1st grade. I have worked at the Jr. High level with students who are high achievers and those who were not gifted, with happy results. I have taught art, science, photography and supervised ASB activities at the jr. high level.
I retired in 2006 to do some serious sailing with my husband, but now am back and ready to reconnect with education.
Students that work with me will end up with improved skills in the subject area we target, plus we will stress a life long love of learning and make sure there is a good comfort level for all involved. I find this gives the best results. I sometimes start a session with stretches to relax and allow the student to then proceed to focus on the subject area. I am happy to contact and communicate with a student's regular teacher, or to implement home schooling subjects. Many students need just a little help, others need an attitude overhaul. I can say that I have been successful in building confidence levels and positive attitudes towards learning in my students. Life is wonderful and a positive attitude is the key to success.
Smiles are very important!
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