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I graduated in 2012 from Rutgers University, Newark campus with a Bachelor of Arts in History, minor in Spanish. I have a great passion for history and teaching. In addition, I am a native Spanish speaker and am thorough in reading and writing Spanish as well. I currently have a Certificate of Eligibility for Social Studies at the secondary level and my ESL certification is in progress.
I am an Instructor part time for a Saturday program at Rutgers University serving Newark high school students called Rutgers Future Scholars; the course I teach is Critical Reading and Writing Skills. Prior to becoming an instructor this past September for RFS, I worked part time for them last year as a Mentor/Tutor during the Saturday program. I am continuing tutoring twice a week in the afternoons this school year as well and am glad to be part of a great program. I do currently work full time as an Office Manager but am actively seeking a full time teaching position in NJ.
I enjoy working with a diverse group of students and am patient as well as flexible with teaching methods and approaches. No two students will ever be the same and therefore it is important to adjust my approach as a tutor and teacher to fit each students' needs.
History is my major under my Bachelor of Arts and American History is a strong suit for me. I have taken two general US History courses in addition to a Civil War course, African American Women in US History and US Booms and Busts courses. My other history courses have often intertwined parts of US history with the topic such as the Vietnam War course. I have a great passion for all areas of history especially US as it is part of my own background. I currently tutor high school students in history twice a week for two hours under the Rutgers Future Scholars program.
Despite my being certified by the State of NJ for secondary teaching in Social Studies, I have experience working with the K-6th age group as well. On a personal level, I have been involved with my nieces and nephews since day one, babysitting, spending time with them outdoors, helping with homework, studying for tests and so on. Professionally, I have held several babysitting jobs throughout high school and college in this age group supervising the children while the parents were gone and assisting with uncompleted homework. In addition, I spent an entire summer (2004) volunteering at a day camp for autistic and mentally handicapped children ages 3-5. Around this time, I also signed up during the school year to go twice a week to one of the elementary schools in my town at the time (West Oange) as a volunteer and assist two students assigned to me with homework/ material review. My two students were from South America and new to the country. I completed my observation hours required for my CE (alternate route) at Bloomfield Middle School in a 6th and 7th grade classroom. While high school is my focus in education, I have a passion for education in general at all levels and understand the differences well.
I completed my undergraduate degree at Rutgers University, Newark campus, in August of 2011. During my years as an undergraduate, I learned a great deal about study skills both on my own, from peers, and from my professors in my major (History). I worked full time while attending college which made top level study skills even more crucial in order to use my time efficiently and effectively. Every student is different and I understand that, that is why it is important to know several study methods. I currently tutor high school students twice a week for two hours under a Newark scholars program, helping them with homework, studying for tests, projects, etc. I also teach part time for this Saturday program (every other Saturday); my course is Critical Reading and Writing Skills.
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