In order to obtain my teaching credential in California, I was required to take a course about working with children with learning and developmental disabilities, including ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, and Autism. I grew up with a brother who had ADD/ADHD, and was able to observe the changes he went through with his disability as he matured. My oldest child has high-functioning Autism, and was once diagnosed with Aspergers and Pervasive Development Disorder. My experience as a teacher in the public school system (grades K-12) has exposed me to children with varying levels of these disabilities, and has allowed me to work with these children with autonomy so that I was able to determine what worked best for each of these children. Most of the time, I was able to help them learn how to focus their attention when necessary, how to set up hand signal cues with me so I would know that they needed a break from academics when necessary, how to apply study skills at home, and help them adjust to a public school environment. I also worked with students that had IEPs and 504 plans.
My educational background in Bible Studies includes an elementary and middle school education at a parochial school. This school had a heavy emphasis on the study of the King James Version of the Holy Bible. We were required to memorize verses and attend Chapel every week. I also attended Sunday School every week, and participated in all the programs (vespers, summer/winter camps, etc.) which the school/church offered.
I also attended a parochial university which required the study of Religions worldwide. After I graduated, I took it upon myself to read the entire Bible from cover to cover (Old and New Testament). This lead me to a greater understanding of the Bible and the Christian religion.
In 2005 I took the CBEST exam so that I could do substitute teaching while pursuing my teaching credential.
I have helped other teacher candidates study for this exam, and each one has passed the first time.
I have been cooking with my mother since I was approximately six years old. I learned at an early age how to read a recipe and ingredient list, how to properly measure ingredients (dry & wet), how to convert measurements from one type to another, how to properly care for food once purchased or removed from our garden, and how to prepare and serve the food we prepared. I also learned the importance of properly cleaning a kitchen and refrigerator. I learned how to determine when best to get rid of leftovers, so they wouldn't make people sick by being past their expiration.
I also took a cooking class in high school in which the knowledge I learned from my mother was cemented, and I learned some new recipes from my teacher and fellow students, as well.
I have been grocery shopping and preparing food for my own family since 1989. My family now consists of eight people, and I am very careful to make sure they are fed healthy meals every day according to the current nutrition guidelines on www.choosemyplate.gov.
I also include my five children in food preparation whenever possible, so they will also learn how to properly prepare their own meals when they become independent.
I have my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in the State of California. I also have a Secondary Teaching Credential in Computer Applications.
I have been teaching since 2005.
My Multiple Subject Teaching Credential authorizes me to teach General Subjects as follows: This credential authorizes the holder to teach all subjects in a self-contained class and, as a self-contained classroom teacher, to team teach or to regroup students across classrooms, in grades twelve and below, including preschool, and in classes organized primarily for adults. In addition, this credential authorizes the holder to teach core classes consisting of two or more subjects to the same group of students in grades five through eight, and to teach any of the core subjects he or she is teaching to a single group of students in the same grade level as the core for less than fifty percent of his or her work day.
My supplemental subject credential authorizes me to teach Computer Concepts and Applications as follows: This credential authorizes the holder to teach single-subject-matter (departmentalized) courses within the field of the supplementary authorization listed in grades nine and below.
My experience with students who have learning disabilities extends as far back as my childhood. My older brother had severe ADHD, and my oldest son has mild ADHD and is autistic. As a Title 1 Teacher for Simi Valley Unified School District, some of the students I worked with in small groups had issues with focus and attention. I implemented research-based methods to help these students learn to focus in spurts, while allowing brief moments of inattention so they could release their pent-up energy. Most of my students told me that the way I taught them helped them in their regular classroom.
During my time as a Title 1 Teacher with Simi Valley Unified School District, I worked specifically with students who were struggling with Reading and Comprehension (this included helping them with the different spellings of words in the English language). This may have been due to learning disabilities or the fact that a student was a non-English speaker. As a Title 1 Teacher, I used research-based methods to help me reach all students at varying levels. For most of my students, this helped them improve their reading and comprehension, which they were able to carry over into other subjects and improve their grades overall.
My experience with the suite of Microsoft Office programs ranges from personal to academic to professional business use. The programs I know best are Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher.
I have a working knowledge of Microsoft Publisher from a course taken at Pierce College. Using the skills I learned in that course, I spent several years creating the monthly newsletters for local elementary schools, including one I created using practice articles written by my students for our classroom newspaper. I also used my Publisher skills to create brochures and pamphlets for school projects and for several home-based businesses. I have taught several college-age students how to use this program, and incorporate it into their profession or classroom presentations.
I have been using Microsoft Windows since it was first made available to the public in 1985; therefore, I have used and am very familiar with every edition of the program. I have taught many people how to use MS Windows throughout the years, and most of them have caught on very quickly.
I have taken several health and nutrition courses in college, and studied the topic voraciously on my own. I am able to teach people what kinds of foods they should eat for a regular diet, for a weight loss diet, for a weight gain diet, and for special diets. I am currently in the process of creating a cookbook highlighting the importance of following certain nutritional guidelines and how to get children to eat what they need to be healthy.
I have taken art classes for almost a decade. I have participated in several art shows for my work, and won first place in oil painting at a show in Newhall, CA. I created all of the watercolor illustrations in my two children's books. Two of my paintings are currently for sale on Amazon. I briefly owned an online art gallery and held art classes in my home studio for artists of all ages.
The parochial school I attended as a child put a heavy emphasis on phonics, which gave me a strong foundation in the use of phonics for sounding out words, and teaching others to do the same. When my autistic son had a problem with reading when he was in early elementary school, I formulated a game which was focused solely on the use of phonics to help him learn to read independently. My time as a Title 1 teacher was spent teaching phonics approximately 50% of the time, to help students with learning disabilities or language barriers.
Throughout college and beyond, I have written and edited hundreds of papers and manuscripts! I am also currently editing my master's thesis for publication, and working on a book about the concept of grace. My published works include local articles, newsletter publications, and books.
The parochial school I attended emphasized the importance of being able to speak publicly. They held a speech contest every year for all students in the school (preschool - 12th grade). I was fortunate enough to win the speech contest in my class one year.
I have had to speak publicly on several occasions, academically and professionally. I have also taken Speech courses in college and was a member of Toastmasters for approximately a year.
During my time as a Title 1 Teacher with Simi Valley Unified School District, I worked specifically with students who were struggling with Reading and Comprehension. This may have been due to learning disabilities or the fact that a student was a non-English speaker. As a Title 1 Teacher, I used research-based methods to help me reach all students at varying levels. For most of my students, this helped them improve their reading and comprehension, which they were able to carry over into other subjects and improve their grades overall.
I took several sewing classes throughout middle school and high school. As a result, I know everything about material preparation, pattern design and layout, how to accurately cut different types of material and which materials are best to use for different designs. I have made many clothes for my children and myself throughout the years using the knowledge I learned in those classes. I could very easily teach someone else how to design an outfit, make a pattern (or use a pre-printed pattern), and create the clothing they desire.
I have worked specifically with students who were struggling with Reading and Comprehension (this included helping them with the different spellings of words in the English language).
Part of my university education included a course in study skills, in which I received a "A". While in college, I applied what I learned in my Study Skills class to developing my own study skills, and saw my grades improve dramatically (i.e., from a "C" average, to a 4.0 GPA). I have taught study skills to hundreds of students in my career as a credentialed teacher, and the students who followed my study organization plans all improved academically as long as they continued to follow the plan. I have helped people from grades K-12, college, and people taking continuing education courses learn how best to organize their study time and improve their study skills (including people with learning disabilities).
I have taken several tax preparation courses in college. I have been successfully doing the annual Federal and State tax returns for several people since 1989. I have done all of the city, state, and federal taxes for several small businesses since 1997, including the LLC tax, quarterly taxes and payroll taxes required. I have a solid knowledge of the current tax laws both Federally and in the State of California.
Throughout college and beyond, I have written and edited hundreds of papers and manuscripts! I also am currently editing my Master's thesis for publication, and working on a book about the concept of grace. My published works include local articles and newsletter publications.