I have taught intensive courses in large churches in various books of the Bible, including Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Judges, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, 1,2,& 3 John and Revelations. I trained in Jewish law and history while in law school.
When I attended Seton Hall School of Law, my course load included criminal law I & II, criminal procedure I & II, civil law and procedure and criminal trial procedure as well as litigation. I clerked for the Honorable Yolanda Ciccone, JSC, who served in the criminal and civil vicinages. I also worked at various time for law firms which practiced criminal law.
I have tutored privately for five years now. Prior to establishing my own business, I worked with Summit Health & Rehab, focusing on study skills and tutoring for children with dyslexia. I am trained in the Orton-Gillingham program and have seen great success while working with children and adults using that method of training.
I have an undergraduate degree in journalism with a minor in English. I love the English language, reading and writing and have often felt that, under different circumstances, I might have enjoyed being an English teacher. I have many years experience in writing and enjoy helping others love the subject as much as I do.
I have taught reading privately for over five years now. My primary method of instruction is phonics based and I strongly believe in phonics based instruction as a path to early literacy. I employ various programs, depending on the student, but I have primarily used Barton Reading & Spelling, Saxon Phonics, ABeka Phonics, Barton Reading & Spelling and Hooked on Phonics and have great familiarity with each of those programs. I have had great success in reading interventions, even with the most reluctant readers.
I have studied political science applications of law at Seton Hall University School of Law. I worked for some time as a consultant on American political news at British Broadcasting Corporation and later worked as a clerk for the Honorable Yolanda Ciccone, JSC of the Superior Court in Middlesex County, NJ. I have worked extensively in a number of national and state political campaigns managing voter registration drives and locally worked extensively in the mayoral campaign.
I have been involved in competitive public speaking throughout my schooling. In high school and college I participated in Youth Congress with some success. I was a journalism and communications major in college and received a B.A. with honors. During college I was a radio announcer at a local adult contemporary station, which was number one in the market at that time.
During law school, I won the first year moot court competition and received honors in other competitions each of the three years. My partner and I placed second in the second year competition. I trained local high school students for moot court competitions for two years and was named mentor of the year each of those years in recognition of their success and my efforts.
I specialize in reading and enjoy seeing students learn to share my love of the subject. I have previously tutored and homeschooled for the local school district. I specialize in slow and delayed readers and have tutored in this subject for the last five years with great success.
I competed successfully in speech and debate tournaments for many years and trained younger students while I was in college and graduate school. I attended Mississippi State Youth Congress for seven years in high school and college, winning superiors for floor speaking, bill writing, prepared speeches and for serving as Secretary of the House and Clerk of the Senate. While in law school I was active in moot court (a type of debate) competitions, winning both the first and second year individual competitions and competing in national competitions for all three years.
I have tutored privately in the area of study skills and test preparation for five years now. My general focus in tutoring is on organizing and processing information, how to memorize information more easily, and specific test-taking tips such as how to spot wrong or misleading answers on a multiple choice test.
I also teach time management, motivation, goal setting and concentration skills, as well as how to focus on the question asked to avoid answering incorrectly. It is my belief that each age group has different study skill sets which are important.
My goal in teaching is to train students in elementary and junior high to organize information so as to retain more and have a better chance at excelling in high school and college. Organizational and time management skills are especially vital. My typical lessons include subjects from motivation and goal setting to time management to note-taking to dealing with test anxiety.
For kids with learning difficulties, explicit instruction in study strategies is vital. I often use homework or other subject material as a foundation for study skills enhancement. The primary purpose of homework is to improve students’ work habits; so starting with homework helps students improve organization with binders or folders, using a planner, breaking large tasks down into subtasks, dealing with procrastination and much more. Visual organization techniques, including “mind maps” are graphical methods of note-taking and are also helpful in distinguishing, organizing, relating and classifying material in a way that makes it more accessible.
I worked as a certified tax preparer for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service for three years, including serving as office manager for one of those years and as a certified tax preparer for H&R Block for one year. In each of those years, I completed the required in-house certification course required of all tax preparers. In addition I completed courses in taxation, business administration and advanced taxation theory and practice at Seton Hall University School of Law.