Dear Learner ~ I believe a good match makes all the difference. I bring my own love of learning and a joy in supporting you to achieve new levels of understanding and competency in your areas of concentration. I am dedicated to making our time together fun, interesting and rewarding - setting clear goals with generous positive reinforcement.
I tutored through The Buddy System in San Francisco in 2007 and 2008 working with elementary and middle school to high school level students. I led a small classroom of elementary students for a school year with The Learning Cooperative in Hotchkiss, Colorado in 1997 - 1998, working with a small but diverse group of students with individual learning styles - building lesson plans designed to include the needs of seven year old Ursula who has autism
. I taught small classes highlighting creative writing
and structure in the course of sharing imaginative and informative stories and essays with middle school students attending Colorado Creative Education in Paonia, Colorado school year 1995 - 1996.
At the center of my approach is discovering what each student is naturally excited about in his or her life - movement, music
, friends, nature. We will highlight this central interest in our time together, reading
, writing and presenting on these themes, learning to confidently convey one's strongest interests in vibrant language
With adults, I most enjoy working with people who are eager to gain confidence and proficiency presenting themselves in their chosen career and in the world. I have an enormous love of languages and have worked as an ESL
instructor with a Spanish
speaking community in Western Colorado in 1992. With a strong background in classical English
and grammar, I delight to share the nuances of English with those for whom English is a second language. Currently I am continuing to work on my level of mastery with public speaking
through weekly presentations through the organization
called Speaking Circles here in San Francisco.
When working with all ages I believe it is essential to include warm up exercises that activate the whole brain, full body practices to engage the entire nervous system in the learning experience. I found that this method increases our capacity to relax and absorb new concepts while helping to build new neural pathways, increasing attention and facilitating retention.
I look forward to working with you or with your student. Thank you!