Thank you so much for considering me for tutoring! I have been an educator since 1989 when I graduated college as a bright-eyed new teacher and accepted my first teaching job in Tokyo, Japan. While there, I traveled the 5 islands, teaching students of all ages--from pre-K to adults--and I specialized in written and spoken English and German. The time I spent living and working in Japan left a lasting desire in me to always strive to be the best I can be, pushing my personal limits.
After many incredible adventures in Japan, I accepted an elementary teaching position in Los Angeles where I taught bilingual Kindergarten and then bilingual 4th grade. While there, I was involved in the GATE (Gifted and Talented) program, I taught adult ESL classes for parents in the district, and I honed my skills as a young teacher.
After taking a hiatus to raise my family and start a business, I returned to the classroom and have been teaching again for the past 6 years as a Cross-Categorical / Learning Disabilities teacher. I received my Master of Science in Education degree in 2007 and my Special Ed certifications in 2008. I have also been the Assistant Director of an Alternative Diploma Program and I have a lot of experience working with disadvantaged youth and those that need alternative instruction to succeed.
I have a passion for teaching that is evident in all I do. I always strive to be the best teacher that I can be. I consider myself a life-long learner and continually endeavor to implement current best practice into my teaching methods.
I welcome the opportunity to talk with you further about my qualifications for tutoring.
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