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!
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