I took four AutoCAD classes while in college. By my senior year, I was assistant teacher and a tutor for the beginner's AutoCAD class. I have also worked as a draftsman for a few local designers throughout school and since I graduated.
I have worked for a catering company. I learned to cook at a local Japanese Hibachi. I have been to lectures given by nutritionists and dietitians about how to cook healthy, yet wholesome, meals. I love to cook and have been doing so for years. I have also taken many cooking classes in the past ten years.
I work as a designer in the theatre, which requires a vast amount of drawing. I took figure drawing for four years in college. I also took 2D Design, 3D Design, Intro to Drawing, Sceneography, Scene Design I and II, Costume Design I and II, and Fundamentals of Design. I draw as a job and for fun.
I have worked with many children as a tutor.
I started out as a nanny, who helped with homework, then worked with the YMCA Literacy and Education Department as a teacher. I also worked for a few years as a volunteer tutor for elementary aged children from Korea, helping them catch up with their new American classes. We specialized in English and Language Arts, but also worked with Social Studies, History, Science, Math, and Computer Technology.
I am certified in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). I have worked as a long term ESL tutor at the YMCA Literacy Department, for two Korean children, elementary school aged, and also as a teacher for an intermediate ESL class for adults with the International Institute of St. Louis.
I have tutored English as a Second Language for children and adults. One of the main issue we worked on was phonics, teaching reading and writing the English language through sounds and pronunciation. We worked on how each letter has different sounds, and how those affect the spellings and usages. I took a few courses through my TESOL and TEFL certifications where I learned how to teach phonics and how to use phonics to assist in teaching English.
I took a class that taught organizational, management, and study skills in high school, and again in college. Part of my TESOL certification course was in how different people learn, and how to teach the different styles. A major aspect of that is figuring how how to help each individual person learn how to study, so they can understand what they are learning however their brain works.
I have worked as a tutor with many different children, who have many different study habits. I have practiced and helped children through different methods, including memorization (rehearsal and rote learning) and communication skills (reading and listening). We also used methods based on cues (flashcards), summarizing, representation and imagery (visual, aural, and oral), and acronyms. We worked on exam strategies, time management, organization and lifestyle changes. Some children best study while playing games that involve their topic. It gives them a reason to learn it, a fun environment, a reward, and it keeps them learning at a rapid pace.
I have two BFAs in theatrical design, one in lighting design and one in scene design. I have been involved in local theatres professionally for ten years, and educationally since I was ten. I also worked at a theatre camp each summer, directing the shows and designing them. Also, I took acting and stagecraft and directing classes throughout high school and college.