I received at BA in Education from Calvin College in Grand Rapids. I then earned a Masters Degree in Education- Reading And Language Arts from the University Of Vermont.
If you count student teaching, I have taught all grades K-8. I have also been the principal of a rural school grades K-11, the 12th grade was added the next year.
I have always loved math and working with numbers. I love to take the fear out of the word 'Algebra'.
Over the last 10 years I have tutored a lot of High School Math - Algebra through FST (Functions, Statistics, Trigonometry). Depending on the type of math, I develop hands on materials and/or practice that reinforces the skills necessary. Real life examples.
US History is a fun and exciting subject for me. I especially enjoy the Civil War era. I help students see and understand the 'why' of history, rather than just dates. Understanding the thinking of the time helps students to see how decisions were made and what influences stay the same across history.
For 10 years I taught Vocabulary and grammar to all the kids in the 5th grade (about 80-90). The kids were excited to 'hear' their parents misuse 'good' and 'well' and be able to clearly explain which was the correct word in the situation. In vocabulary to see and understand roots of words, as well as synonyms and antonyms, helps in writing more precise and descriptive papers.
Working one on one with students is a real joy! To watch their confidence grow as understanding grows is a highlight for me.
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