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I have taken Bible Studies classes for adults at my local church since 1992, have been involved with Bible Studies week as an instructor and have assisted with Bible Studies as a parent while my sons were taking classes since 1991 (they are in college now).
I have a teaching credential with a BCC for the Spanish language, so I am able to use various strategies, etc. in order to target this specific content area.
I have taught for many years in the following areas:
Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language, Phonetic Reading, Writer's Workshop, planned for all grades Kindergarten -6th grade. I have been a tutor as well and am completing a doctoral program (focusing on reading and writing improvement).
I have taken many classes and workshops in the area of Second Language Acquisition. I have taught E.S.L. from elementary to adult school and enjoy it. Because I lived and was raised in a bilingual environment, I feel I am able to reach students who speak another language. For this reason I am able to understand what they mean to say and am able to quickly and efficiently help them correctly rephrase it well in the target language, the English language.
I have worked on computers since the first Apple computers were sold. I took workshops and courses while learning on the Apple computer. In addition, I have taken courses online since the MA and doctoral program, so I know Microsoft Word, Notepad, html, SPSS and other programs because I have had to learn them along the way for my class assignments.
I have played the violin in elementary, junior high and high school school orchestras. In addition, I had a private teacher for at least 4 years , taught my neighbor how to formally play, as well as have been a middle /high school Music Teacher (basic keyboarding, theory, history, etc.)
Besides teaching music and theory, this is an crucial part of the content requirements when planning for music classes (and which target CA. state standards in regards to all of the objectives which needed to be met/taught in the area of Music History) as well.
I have been taught the Jim Stone's phonics program as well as having taken many workshops in order to learn more about phonemic awareness. I also have been working on since the MA degree in all areas in regards to reading and writing improvement/fluency.
I have taught at an alternative school for 7 years under contract and have taught students that fit under this umbrella of special needs. Additionally, I have taught since 1980.
I have been a Basic Skills Teacher at 3 different school sites and have attended workshops in this area while performing these duties. In addition, I have taught for over 20 years.
I have taken lessons and have played the violin since the 3rd grade (having participated in elementary, secondary and high school orchestras. IN addition, I have taught music theory , basic keyboarding classes and the violin to middle school and high school students (5 years of experience).