Dear Potential Students and Parents:
I have undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, psychology, counseling and guidance, and business. I have worked for many years in both the education sector and in the entertainment industry. As an educator I have worked in public and private schools in many locations throughout Los Angeles, teaching a variety of subjects, and also counseling students, from middle school, through high school, and adults. I am also a parent who has raised four children, so through my own personal background and work experience, I am knowledgeable, patient, and experienced in many areas and love to tutor, counsel and teach students!
More specifically about my background: I started teaching 20 years ago, and have extensive experience working with high school, young adult and adult students, and some experience with elementary and middle school students as well, both in Adult Education, and in secondary ed. In these capacities, I have worked for Los Angeles Unified School District; Beverly Hills Unified School District; Private Schools.
Some of the subjects I have taught: ESL, Citizenship, Individualized Instruction Diploma Lab, Reading Lab, GED, Basic Skills (reading, language arts, math); Reading Improvement, Urban Living Skills, Pre-employment & Work Maturity, Personal Guidance, Psychology, Amnesty & Citizenship; Contemporary Issues, US/World History, Economics, English, Music, Theatre, Dance, Parenting, Gerontology, Special Ed, Physical Education, Career and Work Skills, and I have taught and or substituted in all academic subjects.
I have also worked in special programs such as Literacy SKills at Work (LSAW), GAIN, AEWC, and many other programs geared at helping at-risk high school and young adult students finish their high school diploma. I've also done case management, outreach, grant writing, contact with families and students, interfaced with City of Los Angeles, Private Industry Council, Housing Authority, Community Development Department, and other agencies. In addition, I've also created, developed, and implemented several successful cutting edge school-to-work programs: a professional culinary arts academy, several technical skills programs, a film and video production class. Counselor at several Los Angeles High Schools with schools related to college-bound student counseling, orientation, intake, assessment, all areas of counseling and programming students.
In addition, as a filmmaker, producer, writer, composer, and actor I have produced films with notable stars, and written for movies and developed projects by bestselling writers. I have also been trained as a professional musician with a Music degree from UCLA. Most recently, I am finishing a PhD in Organizational Psychology from Walden University (2014 completion).
Please feel free to email with questions or if you want further information about my professional or education accomplishments.
All best wishes,
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