I have been a full time substitute teacher for the last 10 years. I really enjoy helping students learn. Individuals learn best in different ways. Some learn verbally, while some really excel
with visual instruction such as diagrams or pictures. I pride myself in finding out what type of instruction benefits from most and then working with them in that mode.
When I started college many years ago, it was my goal to obtain a degree in veterinary science
. Although I was unable to gain entrance to a veterinary school, my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia was very diverse with a major in animal science and a minor in agricultural economics
. The animal science course work included many hours of study in biology
. The agricultural economics course work included classes in finance
, and business law
In the late 1990’s I became very interested in the information technology industry. Over the course of a few years, I obtained two A.A.S. degrees in computer programming
and computer networking. Since I have not worked daily in that field for several years, I do not consider myself a current expert as technology changes on an almost daily basis. However, I do believe I can help students master basic computer skills and proficiency in the programs most needed in our educational system today.
I have had several careers during my adult life including business owner, computer hardware/software technician, state government auditor/administrator, and for the last 7 years educator or if you prefer, teacher. I gained valuable knowledge in every career prior to education and have found ways to use that knowledge as an educator. I was surprised to learn that the most enjoyable aspect of every one of my careers was teaching.
Seven years ago, I became a full time substitute teacher. I am in the classroom 98% of the school days each year. I teach primarily in grades 6-12 and in a variety of subject areas. I enjoy teaching in both the classroom setting and one on one with a student that needs additional help. I like to answer students’ questions and feel that is one of the best ways to teach. However, I always try to adapt my teaching strategy to what best fits the individual student. That is not always possible in a classroom setting but for tutoring, it is ideal.
For the last two years I have been involved in coaching the Speech
teams at Pacific and Union high schools. In 2009, I was the coach of the Union high school team. We had a small but very successful team as everyone on the team competed at the District level and our entry in Duet Acting qualified for State. In 2009 I also worked with the “Extemporaneous Speaking” entry from Pacific high school who qualified for the State contest. In 2010 I coached the Pacific high school “Extemporaneous Speaking” to a 3rd place finish in District completion and an qualification for the State contest.
If you have any additional questions, please contact me and I will be happy to address them.