I worked as a substitute teacher as well as a volunteer for an additional 6 months in Montgomery County Public Schools. I specialized in English-as-a-Second-Language with students who had learning disabilities, including dyslexia, autism, and attention-deficit disorder. I have tutored successfully teenagers with the attention-deficit and am a literacy volunteer in Montgomery County.
I have taught for the last 5 years in the Montgomery County, Maryland, public schools. My specialties were English-as-a Second-Language and working with special needs children. I have extensive experience in working with Asperger's, autistic, and other special needs children -- those with learning disabilities as well as other types of disabilities. I graduated from the University of Maryland in Psychology, attended the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning, the George Washington University, and Johns Hopkins Graduate School of Business -- where I received a certificate in Minority Leadership Development, I volunteer for the Literacy Council and have take the ESOL course twice -- once in 1988 and just recently in 2012. I know how to instill confidence, create a positive learning atmosphere, and tailor my teaching to a child's needs.
For almost four (4) years I was a substitute teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools -- specializing in English-as-a-second-language in elementary schools, with particular emphasis on children with learning disabilities. I graduated from the U.M. at College Park, Maryland, with a degree in Psychology. I studied at the U.M. School of Social Work and Community Planning in Baltimore, Maryland, hoping to become a Community Organizer. In addition, I work as a tutor, at times working with children/teens with learning disabilities. I have number of learning tools that are similar to those in the elementary schools. They teach sounds, vowels, consonants, and aid in teaching pronunciation, grammar, and sentence construction. I also have math aids for elementary school children -- working with counting and simple concepts in math. My rapport with children with learning disabilities, including autistic children/teens can be verified by teachers at East Silver Spring Elementary School. I have training provided by the County in working with students and am continually keeping up with methods for working with learning disabled.
I have a graduate certificate in Minority Leadership Development from Johns Hopkins Graduate Business School in Washington, D.C. It included 3 credits in Finance, Statistics, Minority Leadership Project, Management & Leadership, and Project Management.
I studied Finance which included computing fixed assets v. capital assets, amortization, computing interest -- simple and compounded, comparing different rates of return on investments -- stocks, bonds, mutual funds, capital and fixed assets, and direct and indirect costs. We also learned about inventory, overhead costs, salaries, wages, and incentives.
I studied Business Statistics and learned how to apply various statistics to samples according to the type of representative sample, estimating, mean, mode, and median, and how to acquire samples and apply levels of confidence to the statistical measure. I also studied studied statistics in undergraduate school -- statistics and advanced statistics (tests and measurements). I applied those to research psychology and research political science.
I studied Management and Leadership -- learning about various leadership and managements styles and the use of these styles to accomplish tasks, promote creative problem-solving and solutions, and stimulate teams to work together.
I studied Project Management and each cohort of my class in graduate school produced a project from planning to solution -- culminating in both a written and oral presentation.
During intersession, in January, we studied Minority Management and I produced a project involving five (5) prominent leaders at the U.S. Department of the Interior. I developed a written and oral presentation.
I received straight A's in graduate school at Johns Hopkins University.
I have been working with dyslexic students for over forty years. It requires patience and loving correction. By focusing the student on going over one's work two or three times to catch the reversals and working with them on vowels, consonants, and numbers, the student can eventually reach normal functioning, depending on any other learning disabilities. Dyslexic students graduate from college, graduate school, law school, etc., and so on to achieve as much as students without dyslexia. Focus, perseverance, and working with students from pre-K and elementary grades, often yield wonderful results.
I worked with Salvadorean immigrants in 1988-89, teaching them English as a second language. I was working with the Literacy Council here in Montgomery County. I am updating my Literacy Council certification and will be finishing my refresher classes in three weeks. I do have some literacy in Spanish and Italian. My goal, as a retiree, to support efforts by immigrants and others whose first language is not English. I delight in teaching others and love my new avocation. I prefer to work in one-hour segments; that is the time period identified as the ideal in learning new information.
I studied piano for 8 years when I was growing up. I studied composition and theory as well. I have taught elementary music at least 11 times during the last two years -- in Montgomery County Public Schools.
I have, with one exception, received A's on all my papers in undergraduate and graduate school. I am published in the Journal of American Psychology and am excellent at writing scientific research papers. I enjoy literature and am fascinated by the symbolism used. I have worked as a substitute teacher in the Montgomery County Public Schools and taught English, English as a Second Language, and other English courses. I love teaching young adults how to write and, in fact, have taught adults how to write.
I studied phonics at the Literacy Council of Montgomery County, Maryland, twice. Once in 1988 and I am completing (a refresher)the English-as-a-Second language training on September 24th this year. Also, I have taught ESOL in Montgomery County Public Schools over the last 2 and 1/2 years.
I have been giving presentations to small and very large groups for over 40 years. At the U.S. Geological Survey, we arranged 5 presentations (with video streaming for remote areas) about working with Native Americans and Alaskan Natives. I have given presentations regarding diversity in the workplace, gender roles & differences in communication styles, working with Hispanics & African-Americans, equal employment opportunities, growing up Hispanic (city versus rural), Hispanic communication & management/leadership styles, and environmental justice. I have made presentations regarding policy, management, and budget and factors to be used to measure progress and program development/analysis. I have prepared talking points and speeches for numerous officials at the U.S. Department of the Interior. I have given presentations at IMAGE (Hispanic government employee organization), BIG (Blacks in Government), FEW (Federally Employed Women), SAIGE (a Native American and Alaskan natives), to name a few. I have been trained in facilitation and presentations (oral and written).
I studied comparative religions in undergraduate school and worked on an inter-religious council in my neighborhood. I studied, in particular, Judaism -- several types, Islam, Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, various sects of Protestantism, Catholicism, Shinto, Taoism, and other Middle Eastern and Eastern religions. I am not an expert on some -- but can easily find the details among the many books and other resources I have. I studied philosophy in undergraduate school, logic, and ethics. The majority of religions have the same moral ethos and provide guidance to their followers. I have worshiped in mosques, temples, churches, and alone in my home. I am familiar with Hindu, Egyptian, and other multi-theistic religions but am not an expert. I know quite a bit about Sikh's, Greek and Russian Orthodox, and Native American/Alaskan Native religions. I know about the world's religions, their evolution over time, and am also trained on the psychology of cults.
For the last four years, I have been a substitute teacher in Montgomery County, specializing in English as a Second Language and working with special needs students from pre-K through 6th grade. I work with autistic, Asperger's, dyslexic, Attention Deficit Disorder, and other students who may require special attention to achieve their goals and those of their parents. I work well with students with intellectual, physical and emotional abilities that require a firm but loving hand and benefit from presentation of materials in a more logical and repetitive manner. I find it most fulfilling and am good at tailoring subject matter to meet special needs.
I have excellent elocution and pronunciation -- without any noticeable accent. In addition, as a Literacy volunteer, I have worked with Salvadorean immigrants and African immigrants on improving their pronunciation as well as written and verbal skills. In Montgomery County schools, I worked with students for whom English is not their first language and was very successful. I am cognizant of the shape of the mouth, the placement of the tongue, and the use of one's breath to enunciate words.
I have been working with students for several years in terms of organizing their work, focusing on the tasks at hand, and scheduling study sessions. I also use calendars to map out assignments, scheduling sessions with professors for assistance, and varying the parts of the brain utilized for different tasks. I also convey the need for breaks, for taking walks or going outside for a period of time to take a break, and for using music for relaxation and motivation. In particular, I worked with a young man in college preparatory advanced classes who had attention deficit disorder. He was in danger of not completing his year successfully. I talked to his mother the other day -- he made it.