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I have been working as an educator since 1965. I have worked in both private and public school environments, K-Graduate University courses. I have also done extensive tutoring over these years in reading, writing, history, speech, and more. My goal is always to meet my students' needs. I am passionate about bringing creativity and critical thinking into instruction. I have several teaching credentials, as well as a Reading Specialist credential, and a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate university. I am a lifelong reader myself. I understand that reading and writing proficiency are key components of school success for all students. I am experienced with using resources both online and offline to support learning. I am an experienced speaker at educational conferences on a variety of topics and have published in the field of education, as well as my own poetry. I understand that every learner is unique, and as I get to know the strengths and challenges of students, I work to adapt my teaching style to their learning style, and accomplish our agreed upon goals for their learning. I think it is very important for students to learn independent study skills that will help them going forward. Thus, I incorporate such tips into my work with each student.
I have a secondary teaching credential in history. American history has long been a passion of mine as well. I love reading and researching various topics related to American history. I have also taught methods classes related to teaching history for Pepperdine University as an adjunct professor.
I received my BA in History and Lifetime Teaching Credential for K-8 from UC Davis in 1969. Since that time, I have received a Master's in Education with Reading emphasis from Sonoma State University and a Reading Specialist Credential in 1984, and a Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate University in 2008. Since 2002, I have taught as an adjunct professor for Pepperdine University in their credential and Master's program. I am currently doing so (2014). I have taught in public and private schools. For 27 years I was employed by Mirman School of Los Angeles teaching over that time in the Lower and Upper School divisions. From time to time over the years, I have done tutoring in elementary school subjects, especially reading, writing, social studies, math, and study skills.
I taught elementary math (K-6) for 40+ years in my various elementary teaching positions. I am familiar as well with the Common Core state Standards for math. I am familiar with elementary math curriculum. I excel in helping students understand problem solving techniques and math vocabulary.
I am a published writer and a teacher of writers, from elementary aged students to adults with varying levels of English proficiency.
I am a writer myself, as well as a trained teacher of writing. I have worked with developing writers of all ages helping them to improve their writing. I am a Fellow of the UCLA Invitational Writing Project. I understand the writing process and am able to make that process accessible to developing writers.
I taught handwriting in my elementary classroom for 25 years. I know various techniques for teaching handwriting to those who do not know how to write either manuscript or cursive. I am also familiar with specific techniques for helping struggling students strengthen their small motor skills and thus improve their handwriting.
I have taught courses in using literature across the curriculum for Pepperdine University. I have a published work entitled Crossing Borders with Literature of Diversity. I am also a published poet. Reading and writing are passions of mine.
I am very familiar with Microsoft PowerPoint. I have used it extensively to prepare lessons for the online classes that I teach as an adjunct professor for Pepperdine University.
As a writer and a teacher of writing, I am very familiar with proofreading as a step in the writing process. Application of correct writing mechanics is the finishing polish on a piece of writing whether that writing is intended for school, business, or personal growth. There are specific skills I have learned to aid in developing one's proofreading proficiency.
In my undergraduate work, I took an intensive course on public speaking. Once I entered the teaching profession, I put my public speaking skills to work by making presentations at professional conferences. In total, I have made 64 professional presentations since 1985 through the present. Some of the topics I have covered are: The Magic of Children's Literature, Making Poetry Fun, Writing in a Literature-Based Language Arts Program, Making Literature-Based Reading/Language Arts Work, and Many Voices: Diversity Through Poetry, The Gold of Creativity Across the Curriculum, Add Color to Your Reading Palette with Creativity, Explore Creative Pathways to Make Social Studies Come Alive, and Inspire Creativity Through Storytelling. I have also given professional development presentations to the staff at Mirman School on aspects of creativity and using the 6+1 Writing Traits.
I am a reader! Knowledge and use of children's and/or young adult literature in the curriculum is a passion of mine. I published a resource for teachers, parents, and librarians entitled Crossing Borders with Literature of Diversity. I have a Reading Specialist Credential K-12. I have taught many courses for Pepperdine University that connect reading and content area curriculum, as well as the use of real literature across the curriculum. I understand that there are multiple types of literacy/reading that students encounter in school, both online and offline. I am trained to help with any aspect of reading that is necessary given an individual student's needs and proficiency.
I have taught spelling in my classroom for 40+ years. I know several approaches to improving one's spelling.
I taught at the elementary school level from 1969 through 2013 and as an adjunct professor at the university level from 2002-present (2013). Over the years, I have implemented many lessons in organizational skills, time management, homework skills, etc. for my elementary aged students, as well as for my teachers-in-training university students so that they can be prepared to help their students in this vital area of study skills. I have a PhD in education from Claremont Graduate University.
I am a "wordsmith." I have loved words since childhood. I used to read dictionaries for fun as a child. I love the intricacies of multiple meanings, the etymology of words, and exploring the connections among categories of words. Presently, I read widely and extensively, and will occasionally come upon a word new to me. I seek to know the meanings of any words that are new to me, and am still thrilled to add to my already extensive working vocabulary. It was my love of words that led me to becoming a writer myself. I have published both prose and poetry.
I am a lifetime fellow of the Invitational UCLA Writing Project. I am a published writer of prose and poetry. I have taught students from elementary school through university level about the writing process and how to write effectively to express themselves in both prose and poetry. I love writing and working with students to improve their proficiency as writers.
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