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I was an education major when I began college back in 1986. After serving in the U.S. Navy and working with technology while serving, I changed my major to Computer Information Systems. I obtained a B.S. in that field and worked as a Data Analyst, Technical Support Specialist, and Web Design Instructor. I am currently an Operations Analyst II. In 2009, I became a Microsoft Certified Professional or MCP from the Advanced Technology Group in Sandy Springs, GA. I always found myself teaching college peers and friends how to use various software programs and how to create web pages. Teaching is my calling. Also, I am an advanced user of Microsoft -MS- Office Suite, which includes MS Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Publisher.
After working in the technology arena for several years, the economy changed and I began working as a substitute teacher for 1 1/2 years. I also worked as a first grade teacher for 2 years as I studied Early Childhood Education in a graduate program at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA via GATAPP. I completed all requirements except for 3 classes to become a fully certified teacher. That includes passing the Praxis I and the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Early Childhood Education - Content Knowledge Exam, which makes me a highly qualified teacher for K-12.
Also, in June 2008, I was the recipient of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators'-PAGE Award for Outstanding Member for the Bibb County region. The award was given, in Atlanta, GA, to members who were politically involved in the educational process for the state of Georgia. I attended sessions at the Georgia State Capitol to participate in the listening to and debating of laws that were being implemented that affected teachers, students, and the teaching process for the state of Georgia. I also attended other relevant meetings and events that PAGE organized.
While teaching first grade, in 2007, I began doing private in-home tutoring. I taught students from K-12 in their homes, one-on-one, and loved the experience. I used math manipulatives, worksheets, online websites, textbooks, various computer programs and anything necessary to not only instruct and guide, but also to bring the lesson to life for the student. For example:
I was teaching a middle school student about circumference, diameter, radius, and using pi (or 3.14). My student had to measure circular objects, so I had him find objects around his household that were round. He collected canned goods, pot tops, hair products, bowls, etc. to measure various circles and apply a particular formula. We both enjoyed the lesson and he was able to apply his math lesson to real life which helped him to understand how relevant math really was to his daily life. It also made his lesson fun and easy.
Likewise, I recently worked with a third grader on math. We used various colorful math manipulatives. We categorized objects by color and type, we used number tiles to perform counting by 10's and to find missing numbers, we used colored counters to form patterns and to determine what comes next in a pattern. The student had fun working and made 100 on everything he did. He told me that his goal was to always make 100.
When the lesson was over his mother met with the director of the center and they were going over his lesson for the day. The director came to me to see what he had worked on for the day. She thought it was math, but the student told her that he did not work on math with me for the hour that we worked. I told her that it was math. She checked his lesson in his binder and found that it was math. She and the mother came to the conclusion that I had made the lesson so enjoyable and fun for him that he did not realize that he was doing math. His mother was very pleased and wants me to work with him regularly.
I also privately tutor adult students in their homes; helping them with college level algebra, research papers, resume writing, job research, computer training, and basics of language arts and math. One of my college students recently graduated from film school and insisted that I must attend her graduation. She labels herself as my protege. When I began tutoring her, she told me that she never thought that she could be successful as a student. I told her that the power of success was for her to choose. If she studied hard and put everything into her education she would be a success in college. By the time of her graduation, she became the "Most Improved Student" in her June 2011 class.
Currently, I work part-time as a technology - various aspects;- language arts; reading; and math tutor.
I have considered working overseas to teach English as a second language, but I realize that there is more of a need to continue to work with both youth and adults students in America so that I can be instrumental in increasing their learning levels and spark intellectual interest in the hearts and minds of students right here at home.
I have taken the ASVAB in order to enter into the Navy and scored above a 70 years ago which qualified me to go to any branch of the military. More recently, I have taught the math section of the ASVAB to an adult student and he did very well. I have the ability to help you learn and be successful on the ASVAB.
I am qualified to tutor Elementary (K-6th) grades because I was a substitute teacher for nearly 2 years, have taught elementary education for 2 years, passed the PRAXIS I and the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) - Content Knowledge, which makes me highly-qualified, and I have nearly completed an A.A. degree in Liberal Studies, have 1+ year in a M.A. program with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and have been a private tutor for elementary for nearly 5 years.
As a technology professional, I use Microsoft Access RDBMS to create databases, tables that have relationships with other tables, to query data, and to make server connections. As a Report Writer, I use Access to create reports. This program makes it easy to create databases tables because you can switch back and forth between design mode, layout view, and form view. I can name my columns, choose my data type, set my primary and foreign keys and mask and format data, and manipulate many other properties. It is also easy to create queries in Access because I can click and drag on fields to create joins (or relationships), set conditions, and run the queries easily. Access also allows me to create macros.
As an advanced Excel user, I create formulas for calculations, macros, modify Visual Basic (VB) code, create graphs, dashboards, pivot tables, relative and absolute cell referencing and many other Excel related functions.
I have been a user of PowerPoint for more than 20 years and have the experience of producing eye-catching, effective and highly-professional presentations. I am an advanced user of Microsoft Office programs and am a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). As a professional, I have continuously used Microsoft in the corporate, government and private industries and have taught PowerPoint to other professionals/peers, including creating master documents, adding animation, pictures and sound, creating transitions and effects, etc. My experience using this product is extensive.
I have been using MS Windows (all versions) since 1992. In 2009, I attended 4 month training course for the Microsoft Certification for System Engineers (MCSE) and obtained the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certification. This training focused on installing, configuring and troubleshooting MS Windows XP and 2000. I have also provided professional technical support work in this area as well.
As a K- 6 teacher, I taught phonics. I have tutored in phonics as well, tutoring students in phonics from kindergarteners to adults. I teach my students word parts that can help students understand how to sound out words and how to understands what word parts mean, which can help students with reading comprehension. This includes teaching vowels, consonants, dipthongs, blends, digraphs, syllables, prefixes, suffixes, base or root words, ghost blends, word families and more.
As a reading instructor, I try to be sure my students are reading at their respective reading level. I focus on word pronunciation, speed of reading, consistency of reading, sounding out unfamiliar words, reading comprehension, vocabulary building, punctuation and other reading skills to assist my students in reading comprehension and improved reading skills.
Great Tutor — My daughter is struggling with 9th grade algebra and needed help ASAP. Katrina determined our daughter's needs first and then provided simple formulas for algebra concepts. After only 1 meeting, our daughter said Katrina made algebra very easy and she has great confidence about algebra now. For the first time, our daughter was excited about algebra and ready to take her next test. I HIGHLY recomme ...
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