Greetings and salutations!
My name is Leslie and I am a transplant to Michigan from the Lone Star State. I'm the daughter of a free-lance editor/critic/writer/writing center director who created an award winning method to teach reading and writing to college students in need of remedial training. I am also the wife of a PhD. Suffice it to say I'm pretty well enveloped by smart, competent people.
I spent six and a half years as a secret squirrel in the USMC and I was a cop in South Texas over five years before I found myself back in uniform, but this time in Muskegon. I love to learn and languages are one of my favorite hobbies: I have studied French, Korean, and Spanish in school and as my profession. Just for grins I have studied a little bit of Swahili, Russian, and Arabic. I can communicate in Spanish pretty well and I can stumble through much of the others. I am fluent in ordering food, finding a toilet, and getting into trouble in about six languages. I am very much an outside the box thinker as well as a "give it to me straight" type person. What I lack in intellect I cheerfully make up for in enthusiasm and wit. I have never had a pupil bail on me!
I developed a tutoring program 15 years ago to help young men and women prepare for the ASVAB and their future careers in the Marine Corps. I carried that program to a dozen different recruiting substations in two states with enormous success. In addition to ASVAB tutoring, I have done elementary, junior high, and a bit of high school tutoring. If I'm shown the focus material, I can find a way to relate it to a pupil. I'm hoping I can help the community around me succeed by sharing what I've learned over the years.
About my methods:
I competed in high school math, science, computer science, art, spelling, Academic Decathlon, French, and land management. After attending college for a year I enlisted in the Marine Corps. That decision had an interesting effect on my undergraduate degree: I ended up with several institutions on my transcripts by the time I finished simply due to the transiency of the military. Between all the tricks I learned with competitive academic teams, the route my undergraduate degree took, the nifty things I learned from watching my hubby and my mom teach, and the tools I found that helped folks who had a harder time with school (or simply with testing) I compiled lists of tricks and tips to help students meet their goals.
I sincerely wish everyone on here the best of luck with their endeavors and if you think I might be able to help prepare you in some way for your next big challenge, contact me!
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