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With twelve years of teaching experience--from kindergarten through college level--I've helped hundreds of students hurdle grammar, writing and reading problems.
Presently, I teach remedial reading and writing on the college level, a job I love, since it allows me to help students build the foundation for skills they need in all of their courses and for their career goals. I also work as a tutor in the writing lab of our college. In this capacity, I've had the opportunity to meet students from Mongolia to Chicago, and all places in between, and help them accomplish their educational goals. My permanent certification in English As a Second/Other Language enables me to adapt to the needs of non-native English speakers. This facility also helps in the classroom, as I teach in a diversified setting in a large urban environment. I speak Spanish fluently, as I spent a year in Madrid and also a year in Argentina teaching English to students, K-12. There, I developed the curriculum, including an assortment of appropriate reading and writing materials for my students.
Before that experience, I taught boys in a juvenile prison setting where I was able to elevate reading levels from third grade to high school graduate credit. I was named Teacher of the Year from Florida for my efforts to bring language and reading development to my students. This accolade is one of my proudest achievements--only because my students were able to achieve!
My expertise crosses the curriculum, but, that said, I am particularly adept at teaching and tutoring English writing. Prior to my work as a teacher, I was a working journalist at several newspapers throughout the Midwest, where I wrote news and feature articles and also worked as an assistant editor.
While I bring this strong writing experience to the table, I believe it is essential to build reading skills to enhance the writing experience. Also, an appreciation of all the liberal arts, including an appreciation of other languages and cultures, is a strong feature of my approach to education.
Every student is different, with different requirements, and I find that teaching/tutoring is a challenging and rewarding field where I can contribute my talent and help others.
I have a master's degree in journalism, with nearly 20 years of writing experience on a variety of subjects at many newspapers throughout the Midwest. In addition, I have undergraduate degrees in Spanish and political science. While I don't have strength in math, I do have an extensive background in the arts and social sciences. I would be able to assist a student across a wide variety of subjects in preparation for the ASVAB. Presently, I'm a college instructor in remedial reading and writing; I also work in the writing lab where I meet a diversity of students and concentrate on helping them with a range of writing projects. As the ASVAB is a preparatory test across a wide field, I would be able to help students pass the test, even guiding them to those areas that need preparation in math.
I have a permanent certification in English as a Second/Other Language, an endorsement on my teaching certificate in Florida. I earned 300 hours of training for the certification. I also work with a wide variety of students on the college level--students from all over the world. I've taught ESL here at the college, and I've spent years in Spain and Argentina where I polished my Spanish-speaking skills. I majored in Spanish on the undergraduate level.
While I presently teach remedial reading and writing in English, I'm also working in the writing lab to assist many students who are non-native, English language speakers. Students from different countries have individual concerns as regards learning to speak English. I've tried to reach them on various levels of speaking, writing and reading. Learning English must be approached within a wide scope of brain-based learning (auditory, visual and tactual).
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