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Hello, I am very interested in tutoring in various subjects. I hold a master's in middle level education (5-9) from the University of Vermont and a bachelor's in Art History from Southern Methodist University. I am also a certified SS/English teacher in Vermont and have been teaching grades 7-12 at an alternative school (emotionally disturbed, learning disabled, and autistic students). I am moving to Florida and currently adding a FL teaching certificate.
Additionally, I worked at Nature's Classroom where I taught 1-6 graders such hands on classes as the physics behind juggling, Gyotaku (Japanese fish printing and fish anatomy), Yoga, Aquatic Insects, among many more. Our goal was to provide a fun learning environment. I also have four books of poetry published and operate my own small publishing company. I have done poetry readings at libraries, high schools, and art galleries so I am very qualified for the Language Arts.
My major at Southern Methodist University was Art History. There I perfected my writing skills with numerous essays. I also played Division 1 soccer in college as a goalie. We traveled all over the United States to Hawaii, California, Nevada, and more. I have coached soccer and provided private goalie lessons. I was an English tutor in Spain for the InterExchange Program during 2006. I also worked at an After School Program for the school year of 2005-2006. Moreover, I was a paraprofessional in Colchester, VT and have taught in Williston and Manchester, VT.
My philosophy is to accommodate all students with differentiated instruction and engage them with multiple learning activities such as hands on activities, short videos, technology, games etc. I love to teach and hope you consider me for your tutoring needs.
I have played basketball since the first grade. At my high school, Burr and Burton Academy, I was leading scorer and rebounder all four years. I spent hours perfecting my hook shot. I made all conference my Junior and Senior year for the Marble Valley League and Senior year I also was elected to All-State. I have coached many years at Bill Muench's Burr and Burton Basketball camp in the summers. This camp offers dribbling skills, boxing techniques, pivoting practice, free throw competitions, layup competitions, tournament games, among more.
One of my first jobs out of college was working at City Kids in Burlington, VT. There, I worked with grades k-6. We went on field trips, I organized craft projects, we did physical education, and I assisted with homework. My next job was Nature's Classrrom where I taught grades 1-6 outdoor education. Different schools would come each week and we would offer an array of hands on classes. I taught the physics behind juggling, Wood Words (Language Arts in the woods), Newton's laws of motion through a bouncy ball class, CSI, and Gyutaku (Japanes fish printing) among many more exciting classes. I also have coached basketball and soccer for these grades. And I am also planning on going to school for a master's in education for elementary education.
I took numerous film classes at Southern Methodist University including: Italian Film, Film History, and Modern Film. I had to write multiple papers on film and take many tests. I passed all of these classes. One paper I wrote was on the uncertain ending of "The Graduate." I also studied Italian film abroad in Italy for a summer.
I have been playing soccer since I was in kindergarten. I quickly landed on goalie as my position. I made the Varsity team at my high school, Burr and Burton Academy, my freshman year. I was captain senior year and my team won 3 division 2 women's championships. I was recruited by Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where I earned full scholarships for my last two years and 65% scholarship my sophomore year. I played side by side with Erin McLeod who is now the women's Canadian National Team's starting goalie. I earned team captain my senior year. Our team made it to the NCAA tournament every year I was there, finishing in the top 25 in the nation for division 1 soccer. We won 1st place in the Western Athletic Conference all four years I was there. I received All WAC conference and a nod for my region. My team played the Brazilian National Team and Mexico. I played Natasha Kai, (now on the USA Women's National Team) several times. I have coached private goalie lessons to students of all ages. I also have provided goalie clinics I organized on my own.
Straight out of college I worked for Howard Community Services, an organization in VT. that taylors to people with special needs. There I worked at residential houses and with a one-on-one client. I provided community outreach such as art classes, fitness, and common errands. I also taught basic skills such as cooking. I then went to Nature's Classroom where I taught a different school outdoor education each week. There, I worked with many students with various special needs. Now I work as a para-educator at Colchester High School. I offer a student one-on-one community support, lifeskill training, and reading and writing skills.
I began Yoga in College as a way to improve my flexibility and breathing for my soccer goalie position at a division 1 school. This soon became a passion that releived stress and improved posture. I studied yoga with friends and through numerous videos that I performed daily. At my last job, Nature's Classroom I taught a class called: The Science Behind Yoga. I went over the respiratory system, and all the things in the body that yoga helps with. I also went over the history of yoga and I performed one hour classes with students ranging from 1st to sixth grade. I am an avid fan of Kathy Smith and the Living Arts Programs. I teach beginning/intermediate yoga with some arobic yoga and pilates.
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