My method is student focused. This individualized approach tailors motivation and instruction. I have found that students are and feel more empowered and responsible for their progress and achievements. The student's personal strengths, goals and aspirations shape the tutoring. Together, we design, evaluate, and reshape our work as needed to reach identified goals and the steps along the way. Students truly recognize and own their learning process. This evolving self-motivation makes learning more enjoyable and effective. It is gratifying for both of us.
Currently, I volunteer at Read Santa Clara as a literacy tutor for adults. It is a joy to positively affect a learner's achievements and learning process.
I draw on my depth of experience professionally and personally, continuing to mine, discover and create effective connections and methods that contribute to students' success.
Academic background: Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts - B.A. in history. Columbia University Teachers' College in New York City, New York - M.A.T. in secondary level Social Studies.
After teaching in Junior and Senior High School in the New York area, I moved to California, where I hold a permanent teaching credential.
Professional work in California (past to present): Emporium-Capwell Company (Training Director, Assistant Buyer, Department Manager), City of Palo Alto Utilities Department (Energy Conservation Manager, writer of nationally distributed program handbook), Usr/Group (Administrator for software association), Semiconductor Industry Association (Meeting Planner, Executive Assistant), Watkins-Johnson (Executive Assistant), Symantec (Executive Assistant), WATCH-Women's and Their Children's Housing and HOMESAFE - collaborative of 7 nonprofits serving families of domestic violence - (Development Officer and Campaign Coordinator), Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (Development Assistant), Second Harvest Food Bank (Development), Pacific Art League (Development Consultant), The Family Giving Tree (Development Director), Freelance Development consultant and grant writer.
Volunteer work (past to present): Palo Alto Parents' Nursery School (President and Fundraiser), Palo Alto PTA Board (Environmental Chair), Diabetes Society of Santa Clara Valley (Development), KARA (Development), Abilities United (Marketing Outreach for Art Program), Read Santa Clara (Tutor - Adult Literacy).
Relevant skills I have learned and apply to tutoring success: Teaching and Tutoring, Mentoring and Coaching, Communication and Presentation, Research, Reading, Writing, Editing, Organization and Planning, Management.
My personal goal is draw on my gifts, experience and learning to draw out and teach students to learn, achieve, recognize and apply their own talents.
My rate for one student/hour is $40 and for two students/hour $50.
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