I am excited about the opportunity to tutor children and adults on subjects where I excel and can offer assistance. My areas of expertise are history, language arts, spelling, grammar, public speaking, and writing ... among others.
With the love of learning as my cornerstone, my formal work experience started in the Navy in telecommunications (1972) then I converted to Navy Counselor (1985-1992). As a Navy Counselor I was given the opportunity to connect with all the enlisted specialties at my Navy command. It was a thrill to sit down, do informal interviews and learn what everyone did and why they chose their career. I retired as a Navy Counselor, in 1992, and pursued a career in retail until I attended a workshop on career development (1994). At that workshop I learned about University of San Diego's School of Education graduate program in Career Counseling. I knew then I wanted to apply and was admitted in 1995 completing the program in 1998. In 1999 I began a 12 year career in education for San Diego Unified School District. During my 12 years I served on 5 secondary school sites managing the schools' college/career center and career exploration program. I retired in 2011 and now work as a substitute Guidance Assistant at an Elementary school site in the counseling office. I enjoy working with kids teaching them the value of being a good student and citizen.
As a tutor my methodology is to begin working with a client where they are and then move forward. I introduce a practical approach that is designed to reveal the hidden competence of the student. My joy is witnessing the student having an "a ha" moment.
I also believe every student has the potential to be brilliant. That brilliance will shine through with positive motivation and encouragement. I imagine the student being successful and allow the learning process to move forward at a pace comfortable for him/her.
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