After graduating from college with a major in English, which includes both Literature and language basics (spelling, grammar, vocabulary), I began a 36 year long teaching career. During that time I added both Spanish and Reading to my credential. Along the way I also added ESL (now called ELD) to my credential.
Among the real joys for me is taking a student who is struggling up to a comfort level with the subject. Another real joy is, of course, taking students to a level of excelling.
I love the one on one contact with students, as that enables me to know the student and his/her learning style. It is this that enables me to be of real assistance.
My proudest moment was one year when I received invitations to a high school graduation. What made it so wonderful was that I had taught in a middle school continuation setting, which meant every one of my students was behind in every subject and was at risk of dropping out of school at the early possible moment. Every one of those students sent me an invitation, letting me know that if it weren't for my patience and insistence that they learn, there would have been no high school graduation for them.
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