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People have always guessed that I was a teacher as if I had it emblazoned on my forehead! In fact, as a child I was the neighborhood teacher conducting class in our garage. In college I wanted to know French so well that I could teach English in France. However, after 6 years of French that never materialized, and I didn't make it to France until about 30 yrs later. Amazing how I could still carry on a conversation in French after all that time!! I truly love the language!
I also love the English language - writing, grammar, spelling, editing, phonics, English as a Second Language (ESL)- geography, anatomy and physiology, and medical terminology. My BA is in Sociology.
I have several Natural Health and Wellness certificates mainly through on-line courses with the American Nutraceutical Association, Proevity, and the American International Association of Nutritional Education. I have been a Natural Health and Wellness Coach for the last 13 yrs.
I also tutor through WyzAnt, teach and tutor ESL at the Des Moines Area Community College(DMACC), and volunteer tutor English at the Drake Adult Literacy Center using the Barbara Wilson phonetics method. In 2009 I volunteer taught ESL at a local refugee center.
A little about me personally. I am friendly with an easy smile, caring, sincere, inspiring, and a good listener. Energetic, patient, thorough, detail-oriented, dedicated, focused, organized, reliable, and competent. The contribution I can make in helping others is what both drives me and nourishes my soul!
English: I teach correct English pronunciation, (including phonics) conversational speaking, listening, understanding, reading, writing, and grammar.
For the very beginners, I teach the alphabet letter names/sounds/consonants blends/, and the correct writing/pronunciation of the vowels and consonants.
I use a variety of teaching aids, including books, a magnetic letter board, cards, and tapes. I can help you learn at your level and pace.
For those who are advanced and ready to take the ACT or the TOEFL tests, I can help you prepare for those tests.
I am a young 62 yr old who loves to teach! I taught one-on-one for the last 13 yrs in my business, am now retired, but still have a lot of energy to contribute! I love languages, learning about different cultures, and am fairly fluent in French. I admire foreigners who speak multiple languages and would love to teach you English!
I have been volunteer teaching ESL here in Des Moines through the Lutheran Services of Iowa's Refuge Center since March 2008, 4-6 hrs/wk. I have experienced the joy of teaching ESL to students from all over the world - many from Africa and Asia. In the last 2 months I added 2 wonderful Vietnamese students, aged 17 and 21, through WyzAnt, teaching them in their home twice a week. My experience ranges from teaching those who have been in the country 2 wks, illiterate in their own native language and starting with the alphabet to teaching those who have been here 5 yrs and learned English in their home country before coming to the US.
I have been involved in other aspects of helping refuges get resettled beyond teaching ESL as well - transportation, housing, clothing, food, healthcare, schooling, budgeting, etc. Learning English - speaking, reading, and writing - however, is a primary need for everyone to move towards independence in all of these areas and towards citizenship if that is a goal.
I have also been volunteer teaching English one-on-one through the Drake Adult Literacy Center since March 2008. These are adult students who have struggled with reading throughout their lives. Drake uses a very successful systematic method of learning English that builds mastery in one area before going on to the next. I continue to receive on-going training through Drake that involves learning how to work through learning challenges such as emotional life issues, crises, and low self-image, which impedes learning progress for everyone, including those learning ESL.
My students tell me that I am reliable, understanding, patient, inspiring, and actually make learning fun! I hope youll give me the opportunity to teach you ESL through WyzAnt!
Phonics - I have spent the last year as a volunteer Phonics/Reading tutor using the Wilson Method at the Drake Adult Literacy Center in Des Moines. I continue to teach adults one-on-one twice/week as well as help train new volunteers in the Wilson method, which uses a magnetic board, word cards, writing, speaking, and listening activities.
I also teach Phonics in the ESL (English as a Second Language) beginners class at DMACC in Des Moines. The first semester has just finished, and I will be continuing to teach the summer and fall sessions. I love teaching how to learn to read through phonetics - especially to those who were never taught how to read through phonetics as a child and have struggled a lifetime with poor reading skills as a result.
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