I have been in public education for seventeen years. Prior to that, I served in the military. Both have certain things in common. During that time, I have been a classroom teacher at the middle school and high school levels, a volunteer at the elementary school level, a counselor, and an administrator. While all positions were challenging and rewarding, my passion is the classroom, and the interaction with students.
I have been a successful athletic coach, and have coached both men's and women's teams. I presently am a volunteer, unpaid assistant soccer coach at a local middle school. I am semi-retired, which is advantageous to students and their families, since I can help out at a time convenient to the student and their families.
During my time, I have taught all seven of the social studies subjects, middle school language arts and social studies, and have assisted with helping students with content outside of licensure. For example, I have taught SAT Prep-Verbal. I have also taught several Advanced Placement (AP) subjects, such as AP World History, AP Government, AP Economics, and AP European History.
I firmly believe that all content areas spin off the ability to read, comprehend, have a strong sense of grammar and vocabulary, understanding in context, the ability to take notes, and the ability to outline and write documents from that outline, fulling understanding the writing process. Understanding of the scientific method and test-taking strategies are also very, very important. Computers are wonderful tools, especially for research, but they are not infallible. For example, Spell Check and Grammar Check will not pick up i, if it is used as a noun or pronoun because it is not capitalized. It is not misspelled, and not grammatically wrong, so students, as part of the writing process, must proof-read their work.
I like to think I produce students not only ready for their next level of education, but the use of their education as life skills. For example, if you have poor reading skills, you will miss questions on any exam you take, and it may cost you a job because you did not understand the work application.
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