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I have taught accounting to insurance professionals as part of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation program and have achieved Outstanding Instructor status. Additionally, I have an MBA in Accounting and Finance, and I am currently in the process of taking more accounting courses in preparation for taking the CPA test.
I have taken Algebra courses in high school, college, and as part of an MBA program. I believe that I am well qualified to teach Algebra. I also scored 100% on the test I had to take to qualify to teach Algebra.
I have always been interested in American History, especially history involving Presidents and Presidential Elections, and how political parties developed and evolved over time. My library includes the Almanac of American History, A Patriot's Guide to American History, and several CDs involving the Civil War and the Revolutionary War. I have visited many historical locations such as Gettysburg, Colonial Williamburg, Mt. Vernon and Washington DC.
I have always been interested in current events and political issues, which invariably involve economics. I majored in Economics along with Political Science at the University of Illinois. I have also taught the Economics course required for the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation before the curriculum was reorganized and that course was eliminated.
I scored very high on math aptitude tests in grade school. I was drilled constantly on multiplication tables in the 5th grade all the way up to 20. I am familiar with mathematical concepts up to the algebra level.
I am very good at all subjects which encompass the understanding of English: grammar, punctuation, spelling, writing, subject and verb agreement and the correct use of words within context.
I took rhetoric and speech courses in college.
I also scored 100% on the certification test.
I have completed my MBA in Finance from Loyola University of Chicago. I have also been a course instructor for a financially-oriented insurance course that explains how premiums and claims reserves are invested to provide funds timed to coincide with projected loss payments. Another part of this course explained how changes in policyholders' surplus (the market value of an insurer's stock and bond investment portfolio) affect the ability and capacity of an insurer to write insurance at higher limits and more favorable terms and conditions.
I am also familiar with more ubiquitous financial concepts such as capital budgeting and financial forecasting and planning.
Geography was my best subject in grade school and high school. I have always been interested in maps and the various countries that make up the planet. My interest also involves climate and how the various landforms and ocean currents influence climate around the world. I am the owner of numerous atlases and geographic reference books. I am able to identify the capital cities of most countries and where major cities are located around the world.
Government & Politics
I have been following government and politics since I was 14 (1968). One of my majors in college was Political Science, specializing in American Government and Politics, including political parties, legislatures and legislation, government regulation of business and public finance and taxation. I have voted every two years since 1972, the first time I was eligible. I have also worked on political campaigns.
Grammar was one of my best subjects in school. I always did well on tests involving the correct usage of words in sentences, the use of punctuation, etc.
I have always had an aptitude for mathematics and I am not satisfied that a student understands mathematical concepts until he or she understands each step required to solve a problem.
Probability is the basis for insurance, and I have spent more than 25 years in the insurance business.
I have taken and passed a Quickbooks course at Elgin Community College in the Fall of 2011. I have also been certified in Accounting since I started tutoring early this year.
I know how to set up a business for Quickbooks as well as how to perform accounting operations within this system.
I was second in my class in a spelling bee in 3rd grade. Since I read quite a bit, I retain in my mind how words are spelled. I am also good at remembering differences in spelling based on the contextual meaning of words, for example principle (guideline) or principal (main or head or a school).
I have taken statistics courses at the undergraduate level and graduate level. The Accounting and Finance courses that I have taught for the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation have also included statistics.
I passed a Basic Income Tax Course at Liberty Tax Service, plus I passed an Income Tax course at Elgin Community College, scoring an A in that course.
I have always been interested not only in learing new words, but in knowing how to use them in context in a conversation or in writing.
I feel that I am a good writer because I take the time to review what I have written to make sure that it is not only grammatically correct, but that it makes sense to the reader and doesn't overuse certain words. I have also received compliments on my writing by supervisors in jobs that I have had.