I have been certified in both Iowa and Illinois to teach Upper Elementary, Middle School, Junior High School and High School students. My areas of concentration are Language
Arts and English
, both literature
, and Social Studies
including American and World History
. I have taught writing intensive courses, as well as remedial summer school courses, which included grammar
, writing, literature and life skills, for ninth through twelfth grade students.
While in college, I was the first recipient of the Sister Mary Helen Reppenecker Award for excellence in Academic Writing, which was a “blind” judged contest. I, also, served as the only student member on the Writing in Search of Excellence (writing across the curriculum) committee.
I believe in identifying a student’s individual learning style and working with the strengths he or she already has to aid in the areas where more proficiency is needed. In correcting written assignments or proofreading
, I do not believe just pointing out and correcting the errors is sufficient. I believe the student should also understand why what he or she wrote was wrong. I also believe that learning to be a stronger writer will benefit the student long beyond classroom study. A sentence may be grammatically correct, but still be the wrong sentence for the idea the student is trying to convey.
I believe an understanding of history and government in essential to being a good citizen. History is not just memorizing significant dates and places, but recognizing the interplay of people and ideas that created historical events.
For the past five years I have worked as a scorer for the essay
portion of the SAT test
. Because of that commitment I am unable to tutor your student specifically on how to write a high scoring SAT essay
. However, I can give her or him the tools to write an excellent essay in most situations which should translate to a high scoring essay not only on the SAT
but, also, college applications and other occasions. My SAT work and other scoring I have done have given me a very current window in students’ writing abilities and common problems with today's student writing.