Before going into teaching, I spent 15 years in the field of Accounting. Beginning with State Street bank in their billing department, accounts payable supervisor for a food distributor, staff accountant and comptroller for an electronic manufacture's representative. Along with real world experience, my college major is Business Education, qualifying me to teach high school Accounting. For the past 15 years along with some evening Accounting courses taught, I've taught a full year Accounting Course. It is truly intriguing to put all the facts and figures together creating an understandable picture for others using the language of accounting.
One of my favorite units to teach from ages 4-110 is Photoshop. Students as well as teachers can benefit from learning how to recolor images, adjust photos, select and remove/replace parts of a photos, rotate/resize images, replace colors, erase parts of a photo, work with layers and so much more.
I began teaching Web Design at the high school about 6 years ago. Dreamweaver is a great and powerful web editing program that once mastered, makes creating and maintaining websites an organized and efficient process. The program allows you to work in the code view or the design view (you can also look at both on split screen). It is what is called a "WISIWYG" or What you see is what you get.
Currently, I use Dreamweaver version 5.5 to maintain a teacher website as well as a school library tutorial for Academic Integrity.
Teaching a Freshman seminar course for the past 14 years at both the high school and college level has taught me that there are many people of all ages who are in need of general computer skills. Computers are a vital part of everyone's life.
Computer skills go beyond gaming and can help you in organizing your work and/or school professional life. I would love to work with either middle school, teens and/or adults.
I've had a love for music ever since I can remember. My favorite movie growing up was The Wizard of Oz. At age 10, I took formal guitar lessons for several years and played with an adult music group from age 12-18 before beginning on my own at college and beyond when I had my own children. I took several courses in music theory while in college and my appreciation for perfection grew.
My best experience teaching guitar was the first time I formally began; while I was in high school, our music teacher (Penny - still there at Brockton High) sent a group of teen guitar students to begin a program for Brockton elementary schools, creating an afterschool program for them. At my school, I organized an end of year concert performed by the students for their families. It was a great experience that locked in my love for teaching!
I began using a spreadsheet when it was invented and called Visicalc. Since then, I've used Excel within my Accounting jobs, teaching night classes and currently teaching high school and graduate classes in Office Applications.
PowerPoint continues to be a mainstay of presentation tools. Organizing information into palatable chunks while providing relevant media (pictures, videos, animation, etc.) makes a fabulous presentation. Learn the secrets of planning and using all the tools included in PowerPoint to create fabulous presentations. The latest version that I am teaching to my students at the high school level is 2010.
Microsoft Word is one of the most popular word processing software programs used in schools and businesses today. Learning to work with the ribbon, create properly formatted papers for school, newsletters, resumes, print business cards, address labels and so much more. It all starts with basic understanding of three levels of formatting in Word; character, paragraph and page level formatting. Whatever your need, I will help you to make professional looking documents.
Working in the field of Accounting before teaching high school and graduate school, I've used my math skills throughout adult life. All three of my children have also benefited from this as I have tutored my children in math. My youngest child is entering high school. I would be happy to help your child succeed as well.
Within the freshmen technology seminar course that I began teaching 15 years ago at the high school, public speaking is a required unit. I took a graduate level course at Salem State entitled "Creating Confident Speakers" sometime after I finished a masters in education in 2001. Since that time, I've added and continue to add more to that unit.
I am responsible for setting up portal pages and library tutorials for our school web site as well as maintaining my own teacher site using Dreamweaver 5.5. I find using Dreamweaver to organize and upload is quick and efficient way maintain any web site. I have been teaching Web Design at the high school for about 6 years, we cover basic html and then use Dreamweaver to publish a variety of sites to the web.
Writing is one of those life skills that no one can do without. It is a process that evolves as you are introduced to good form through a variety of experiences. These experiences may include, school, having a tutor, reading, and perhaps just listening to well organized speakers. You need time and practice to gain confidence in your ability to create your own writing style.
Elementary school students learn the mechanics. In middle school, you will explore many different types of writing as well as be introduced to proper citation. Citation becomes increasingly important as you enter high school, college as an undergraduate and excel beyond. Your success means a lot to me as I have chosen to be a teacher.
I began my description above writing in the second person; I was talking about you. Now, I am talking about me, in the first person. You see, I do love to write. I needed to learn to write papers for English in high school, then in college. In college, I wrote papers for every subject area. I needed to know what style of citation (APA/MLA,etc.) to use. From grammar school to graduate school research writing, I'm available to help and I look forward to your call.