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Welcome and Well Met!
As a child, I'd line up my stuffed animals on the floor and "teach" them letters and numbers. I graduated high school in 1985, going to college straight after. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish my program. I was 40 when I started college again. In 2013, at 45, I completed my BS in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix!
I'll have my Arizona teaching certification by May 2014. Illinois certification should follow shortly. All required education testing was done here in Illinois (Content Knowledge, Elementary Testing, Aptitude-grades K-9). My student teaching was done at a school near Midway Airport in Chicago.
My approach to teaching: Allow my students to direct the lesson. I'm guide and mentor. I don't care for lecturing as I find it boring. I prefer active lessons with my students and I taking part together.
I have passed the WyzAnt subject tests in 16 subjects including English, ESL/ELL, and Elementary Math.
In addition to my teaching, I have 25 years of professional work experience. I am an expert with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. I also have exposure to SharePoint, the AS400 system, Sales Force, Pivotal, and the Adobe Suite.
I volunteer time for a friend who has his own business and also fronts a band. I do website design (using Adobe Dreamweaver CS6), business cards, posters, and more.
In my down time I love to read. Sci-Fi and Detective stories are my favorite genres. I'm currently reading Young Adult Fiction to keep up with the likes, trends, etc. of my students.
I also love to play games. Candy Crush, Angry Birds, the Professor Layton series, FreeCell, Crosswords, Clue, Trival Pursuit... You name it!
In May of 2008 I received my AA in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix. I continued with their program and in June of this year I received my BS in Elementary Education. In order to complete my Bachelor's degree, I was required to do 12 weeks of Student Teaching. During these 12 weeks, as well as all during my college studies, I had to create lesson plans, work with learning groups, plan tests, review local state, and national information - all pertaining to students in the classroom. This is why I believe I am qualified for this subject. Thank you.
Attended Andrews University - Berrien Springs, MI
9/1985 - 1/1988
Major: English, Minor: Communications, Focus: Teaching
Graduated University of Phoenix
AA in Elementary Education
Focus: English & Literature
Graduated University of Phoenix
BS in Elementary Education
Focus: English, Literature, ESL/ELL
My student teaching (2/4/13 - 5/3/13) was done at Lee Elementary near Midway Airport in Chicago. Lee is 95% Hispanic and I student taught First Grade - ESL/ELL.
Because my educational focus has been on English & Literature, I focused a lot of my personal efforts in the class on this.
Each day in class we would have groups. My task was to sit with different groups of students every day and help them understand sounds, letters, and how these came together to form words. I used multiple tools off the internet as well as the Phonics worksheets that my cooperating teacher would give me.
I completed 12 weeks of student teaching from 2/4/2013 - 5/3/2013 to qualify for my BS in Elementary Education which I received in June 2013. For my student teaching I had to create a teacher portfolio. My portfolio detailed various study methods that I planned to use and did use with the students in my class. Now tutoring with WyzAnt, I continue to share study skills with my students.
Some of these examples include: grouping (taking a large subject and breaking it down into smaller groups or like sub-subjects to make it easier to study), mnemonics for remembering lists, game play/songs to recall a story or certain point, flash cards, and writing and re-writing.
I started working full-time professionally in 1989. Since then I have held only 3 jobs. In each of these jobs my primary focus has been customer service.
In each of these jobs, I have also had to do a great deal of writing. Business letters, promotions, requests, emails and so forth.
In addition to writing professionally, I also do so personally. I submitted a poem to Poetry.com that won a contest (the prize being an iPod Nano!).
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