I have been teaching algebra 1 for seven years. For three years I taught 7th and 8th grade algebra when I worked in the Waldorf school; for the last five years I have been working with algebra 1 as a tutor and academic coach. I am currently working with 8th and 9th graders in their algebra 1 courses as well as helping others with test prep to opt out of algebra 1 and into algebra 2 or geometry.
Bread baking and fermentation are my special passions! I have developed the skill of baking the perfect loaf of bread, including sourdough using a culture that I grow myself. I taught my elementary students how to bake bread from different countries when I was teaching social studies. When we were studying microorganism in science, I taught them about yeast and how it effects the breads that we consume. I have extended my knowledge of the science of bread baking to the fermentation process and now make my own Kombucha and yogurt.
I hold permanent elementary certification from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. I have over 20 years of experience teaching all subjects from first grade through 8th grade, with much of my experience in a Waldorf school carrying two classes through to 8th grade graduation. Of the several high school and college students that I am currently tutoring in math and other subjects, I have been an academic coach to four of them since they were in third grade.
The permanent elementary certification that I hold allows me to teach all subjects through the 6th grade, which includes math; the Waldorf training and certification program prepares teachers to teach all subjects through the 8th grade. I taught for 14 years in the local Waldorf school, teaching complete math courses at all grade levels through 8th grade algebra 1.
English is part of my degree and I have been teaching it throughout my 30-year career as a classroom teacher. Many of the mathematics students I tutor also work with me on their papers, essays, and research projects that they are assigned from other classes. I really enjoy helping them in this area of academics.
I have been teaching nearly 30 years. My subjects have been primarily reading, writing, and mathematics. While I graduated MSU with a history major and an English minor, most of my work experience has been in the afore mentioned subjects. This is especially true since I left the classroom to work exclusively in tutoring. I frequently work with student papers as part of my academic tutoring and coaching. Editing and proofreading papers involves working with spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and writing skills.
I graduated Michigan State University with a degree in history and English, a specialty in reading, and secondary certification. After teaching for three years in an adult education reading lab, I obtained a job in a local school district teaching first grade, where reading was taught through an emphasis on phonics. When I took over my first class in the Waldorf school, which was a third grade, their previous reading instruction was so fraught with problems, that I had to start right back at the basics with phonics instruction. Since devoting myself full-time to tutoring and academic coaching, I have tutored two first graders in phonics and reading instruction and am currently working with a 9th and 10th grader on their reading and study skills.
When I taught in the elementary school, I worked with pre-algebra concepts up through the 6th grade. My current work with homeschooling families began with working with children at the third grade level, moving them through pre-algebraic topics, and continues with Algebra 1.
When I was a student in college, other students brought their papers to me for proofreading because my term papers were receiving such high grades. As I began my teaching career, I employed this proofreading skill not only to my own students' papers, but also to work I was doing on the various programs and committees in which I was involved. When I became the Chair of the Program Committee at the school, it was my responsibility to proofread everything that went out to colleagues and parents.
I graduated Michigan State University with a degree in History and English, a specialty in reading, and secondary certification. After teaching for 3 years in an Adult Education reading lab, I obtained a job in a local school district teaching first grade, where reading was taught through an emphasis on phonics. When I took over my first class in the Waldorf school, which was a third grade, their previous reading instruction was so fraught with problems, that I had to start right back at the basics with phonics instruction. Since devoting myself full-time to tutoring and academic coaching, I have tutored two first graders in phonics and reading instruction and am currently working with a 9th and 10th grader on their reading and study skills.
I have been sewing for over forty years. I made many of my own clothes when I was growing up and when I had my own children, I made their clothes. Quilting and home sewing was a passion of mine for a long time, especially when my mother passed away; sewing creatively really helped me through that difficult time. I also ran the handwork program for a few years at a local school. There, I taught children from first through eighth grades how to knit, crochet, embroider, and both hand and machine sewing.
Helping students enlarge their spoken and written vocabulary has always been a priority for me, no matter what subject I am teaching. Vocabulary is not only important to good writing, it is essential to understanding mathematical story problems and enlarging the scope of understanding in any topic.
In all my years as a teacher, and now a tutor and academic coach, I worked with most of my students on improving their study skills. I provide graphic organizers, show them how to take notes, work with them on using the internet to research their paper topics, and go through their text books helping them to understand both how they are organized and how to use the index in conjunction with the internet. I am also continually updating my own skills through workshops and personal research projects.
Vocabulary is an important part of every subject in which I work with students. In Language arts, I incorporate vocabulary words for both speaking and writing. As part of a reading or study skills session, I preview material with the student using vocabulary words that they will encounter in the text. Vocabulary is essential in understanding math story problems, so I always go over the more challenging words, which helps to facilitate a deeper understanding of what the problem is asking. I also provide strategies on building vocabulary in general as well as strategies for a topic-specific focus in which special vocabulary is required.
Writing is so much fun and I enjoy helping others see that. I help students with all types of writing, from personal journal writing to more technical types of text. My work with clients is broad, but generally consists of editing what they have already written, helping them craft their thoughts for their text, working with them on any specific formatting that is required, or assisting them with research for their project.