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Jane R.

Natural sciences, reading, writing, and photography tutor

Eagle, ID (83616)

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I have 30 years of experience with state and federal agencies and my own consulting business as a visual information specialist, environmental educator, and interpreter of natural and cultural resources. I enjoy sharing my love of the natural environment and human interactions with it, cultural history, and photography with people of all ages. My work has involved presenting programs at schools, nature centers, museums, parks, etc. and leading day hikes and multi-day wilderness and residential programs for students, families and adults. I have also presented several types of environmental education programs for teachers. Much of my work involves graphic design, photography, writing and editing for exhibits, signs, articles, brochures and other publications. This background gives me a great deal of experience explaining technical, scientific information through words and pictures in ways that make learning fun for visitors to public lands as well as elementary through college age students. I enjoy digital photography, desktop publishing and graphic design and love teaching people how to use point-and-shoot or digital single-lens reflex cameras, and helping them develop skills to enhance their images with photo editing software or how to combine their photos with text and graphics using desktop publishing software.

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Jane’s subjects

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Biology, Botany, Ecology, Zoology
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Phonics, Special Needs
Biology, Elementary (K-6th), English, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:


I discovered about 6-7 years ago (when I was 52-53 years old) that I am ADD. When I was young, this was not diagnosed, even though both of my parents were educators. This is partly because until about 20 years ago, it was thought that only boys were ADD/ADHD. After learning that I am ADD, I attended an ADD support group and worked with an ADD coach for about a year. I also read several books on the subject so I could better understand how this has affected my past and how to better manage being ADD in the future. During this time, I also rented rooms in my home to a single Mom and her ADHD son (who was 8-9 years old at the time). I spent a lot of time with him--taking him camping, reading with him, etc. and provided some support to his Mom as she dealt with his learning and behavioral issues. So, while I don't have any formal special education certification, I can identify with a student who is ADD, and have learned some techniques that might be helpful to a student who is ADD/ADHD in their studies.

Adobe InDesign

I use Adobe InDesign for a variety of graphic design projects, including newsletters, fliers, banners, exhibits, and other large graphics. I was a visual information specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service for 18 years. I developed many informational, educational, and interpretive materials using first Adobe Pagemaker and in recent years InDesign.

Adobe Photoshop

I have been working with Photoshop for approximately 20 years--back to the years when I had to scan slides or film to digitize work for editing in the computer. I switched to digital photography in 2001 and have done much more photo editing and more creative work in Photoshop in the last decade. I love the creativity I have with digital images, the opportunity to improve images for my work, and I have a lot of fun experimenting and playing with artistic effects in Photoshop and with other image-editing software. I have been a photographer for 40 years. I have taken many college-level photography courses and have used photography extensively in my work as an interpreter of natural and cultural resources and visual information specialist for state and federal government natural resource management agencies.

Desktop Publishing

I use Adobe InDesign for a variety of graphic design projects, including newsletters, fliers, banners, exhibits, and other large graphics. I was a visual information specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service for 18 years. I developed many informational, educational, and interpretive materials using first Adobe Pagemaker and in recent years InDesign.

I studied art, photography,and graphic design in college and have an excellent background in graphic design principles, typography, visual accessibility and legibility standards, as well as the selection and production of artwork and photography. I also have experience in pre-press file preparation for printing of publications and out-put and fabrication of large-scale graphics for exhibits, posters, banners, etc.

I got started in desktop publishing using a Mac computer and Adobe Pagemaker in 1989. I worked on Mac computers until 2000 when I became the U.S. Forest Service Fire and Aviation Web manager at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, ID. Since the Forest Service had shifted from an old Data General computer system to PCs in the late 1990s, and purchasing Mac computers in the agency required special approval, I began using PCs and Windows operating systems in 2000. Although I have seldom used Mac computers since this time, I work with contractors who are Mac users and I occasionally use my mom and sister's Mac computers. So, while I am currently less familiar with the Mac operating system than I am with Windows, the desktop publishing software (particularly Adobe InDesign and Photoshop) are similar enough that I can provide assistance at the beginning or intermediate level on either platform.

I have worked frequently with the preparation of maps for inclusion in graphic design projects. I am not trained in ESRI GIS software, but I have worked frequently with natural resource agency GIS staff, requesting layered data files from them in editable EPS files that I can then open in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop to "tweak" them as needed for integration into graphic design projects I am working on.

Elementary (K-6th)

I like working with children of all ages, and particularly enjoy the enthusiasm of elementary school children. I was a regional conservation information/education representative for 8 years with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (1981-89). During this time, I presented wildlife education programs in classrooms, at museums and nature centers, and led outdoor activities for students ranging from pre-school through college in my 22 county-district. I am skilled at interacting with the students and "translating" the subject matter I am presenting into age-appropriate language to ensure that the students understand the presentation. The greatest demand for these programs was for 4th-6th grade students, but I often presented programs to younger students as well.

I also presented several types of environmental education workshops to teachers (pre-school through high school). Having the opportunity to test the activities presented in these workshops with students at a variety of grade levels allowed me to share my methods and adaptations to the activities with teachers.

Over the last 3 years I have been working as a volunteer and a contractor with 4-H programs that are primarily geared toward teens, but have included younger children during summer and winter family camps.


I have a lot of professional experience in writing, editing, and public speaking. I have worked with people of all ages from many different backgrounds in my career. One of my strengths as a communicator is the ability to work with people at different age and skill levels. I have hosted 3 Brazilian exchange students and two Chinese teachers over the last couple of years and this has helped me understand the difficulties of learning English as a second language and given me some experience helping my visitors improve their English speaking, writing, and comprehension. Whether you are a native English speaker or someone for whom English is a second language, I think I can help you improve your speaking and writing skills.

General Computer

I'm not a super-geek, but I earn most of my living working on the computer. I'm familiar with the kind of things most people need to know about email, social media, security and privacy. I do a lot of writing, editing, digital photography and graphic design for my work, so I can help with the basics of MS Word or other word processing programs and Excel and photo editing, photo sharing, etc. I use Adobe Creative Suite for most of my work, so I can assist you with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and some of the free photo editing software programs that may meet your needs. I frequently help my mom, my sisters, and friends with their computer problems and questions, and I've been told I'm very good at it. I'm very patient, and I know how important it is to take things slowly and not to get more technical than a student is ready for with my explanations. I understand how important it is to let the "student" DO things for themselves to be sure they'll remember what they're learning.


I have been a photographer for 40 years. I have taken many college-level photography courses and have used photography extensively in my work as an interpreter of natural and cultural resources and visual information specialist for state and federal government natural resource management agencies. I also do a lot of fine art photography. My photographs have been published in magazines, brochures, calendars, note cards, exhibits and web sites, and I have exhibited in many shows. I am currently a member of the Idaho Photographic Workshop, the Camera Club of Eagle, and the Treasure Valley Artist's Alliance.


I was a visual information specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service, a conservation education representative for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, and a naturalist for the Tennessee Valley Authority for a total of 28 years. Since Oct. 2007, I have been self-employed. My work involves a great deal of original research and writing for publications and exhibits, but often involves editing and proofing work done by other people. I have written news releases, feature magazine articles, copy for exhibits and informational publications, and content for web sites.

My co-workers and clients have appreciated my my skill as a writer and editor, attention to detail, my thorough research, and my concern for accuracy (particularly with scientific and historical subjects). I use the Associated Press Style book and have an excellent reference library which including a variety of manuals related to punctuation, grammar, writing and presentation styles, and graphic design. When I was the publications coordinator for the national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries in the Southeast Regional Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I oversaw the in-house production of approximately 200 brochures annually. I edited the content supplied by the refuge and hatchery staff for clarity and length, and worked with the graphics staff, providing oversight for the graphic design and proofing the text of every publication before passing it on to the printer. Prior to my tenure in this position, many publications contained typographic errors and some had to be reprinted. I was able to virtually eliminate errors and no publications required reprinting.

My familiarity with a wide range of subjects, particularly natural sciences, resource management, historical and cultural topics, as well as my experience with government agencies, make me an excellent editor and proofreader for documents related to these areas.


I enjoy reading and doing research for a wide range of writing projects that have been part of my work as a natural and cultural resource interpreter for over 30 years. I have always loved books (I even spent a couple of years working in book stores) and I have an extensive personal reference library, with many books on art, photography, history and nature (particularly of the West/Northwest regions). I collect everything from children's books to scientific and academic volumes.

I am a very good writer with excellent editing, spelling and grammar skills. I am always cognizant of the quality of the writing and the value of the content in whatever I'm reading. In non-fiction reading, I pay attention to the sources and accuracy of the information and try to be aware of potential bias in the material. I think it is important for readers to learn to distinguish between reliable information and that which is based on inaccurate or manipulated "facts", particularly in this time when anyone can publish anything on the internet.

SAT Writing

I have done a great deal of writing and editing professionally. I received a strong early foundation in writing skills because my Mom's degree is in journalism, my Dad was teaching HS English when I was young, and I attended very good Catholic elementary and high schools where these skills are really emphasized. As an information/education representative for the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, I wrote news releases and feature magazine articles. As a regional interpretive specialist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service one of my responsibilities was to oversee the in-house production of approximately 200 brochures a year--mostly visitor information/education and hunting/fishing regulations publications. I reviewed the content and edited all of these publications, and proof-read them before they went to print. In this position and for 16 years with the US Forest Service as an interpretive planner and designer, I continued to write for interpretive and visitor information publications and exhibits. It's been many years since I took the SAT, but on reviewing some sample questions, I found I have no problem comprehending and answering them, so I am confident that I can assist students with their preparation for the test.


I have a great deal of professional experience as a writer and editor. I've written feature magazine articles, essays for books, news releases, informational brochures, and text for many exhibits and educational signs (like the ones you see on a scenic byway or at a historic site). I have written and edited content for many different audiences, ranging from children to professional resource managers. I am very good with grammar, spelling, sentence and paragraph structure, as well as proof reading.


I worked for state and federal natural resource management agencies for 28 years and my B.S. in Environmental Interpretation from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale included courses in zoology, botany, ecology, and other life sciences, and three courses in geology. I worked with wildlife biologists in all of my government jobs. I was a wildlife conservation education specialist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for 8 years and the regional interpretive specialist for the Southeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 2.5 years. I have developed interpretive exhibits, and written news releases, magazine articles, and copy for publications related to a wide range of fisheries and wildlife management topics. I conducted educational programs for students ranging from pre-school through college and have developed interpretive and informational media for general and professional audiences.

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Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL (Environmental Interp)

NC State University, Raleigh, NC (Graduate Coursework)

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