I was a master's candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University and I have a degree in Psychology
from Case-Western Reserve University. During my years at Case-Western Reserve, I was a paid tutor in the Resident Tutor Program, a federal program which provided group and individual tutoring to public school students. It was a joy to watch those children progress from struggling and, sometimes, apathetic, to students who were not only eager to come to class, but also making significant progress in learning how to learn.
I am a 30 year resident of Denville. I have been very involved in local and regional community activities, including being the leader of a diverse and very engaged Girl Scout troop for 8 years. I am still in touch with most of my girls from that troop. I was also selected for the Parent Advisory Team for Valleyview Middle School in Denville, and spent four years on the Morris Knolls High School Home and School Association board.
To me, a key factor in student success is that the person be guided to find his or her own style of learning and motivation. There are many ways to process information and learn. Howard Gardner of Harvard University has identified at least nine distinct types of intelligence. I believe that helping a person find his or her own way to digest, process and retain information, and then to be able to share it effectively, is a major responsibility of teachers, and, especially, of tutors who are asked to help to stimulate and improve the performance of students at every level.
My most recent success was working for an extended period of time with a young lady who was struggling with reading
and test-taking. She had no confidence in herself and was thoroughly frustrated with herself and her teachers. I helped her to break down her learning process into manageable and achievable goals, find her own way of learning, and then take those elements and apply them to not just basic reading and writing, but to her progress in all areas of schooling. I am proud to say that this young lady recently graduated cum laude from one of the top schools in the country, went on to post-graduate school where she also graduated cum laude, and is now one of the top performers in her field.
I would especially like to work with students who are in need of improvement in reading, reading comprehension and writing. I will be glad to discuss your needs and see if my skills would be a good fit. Let's see if we can work together to develop excellent student skills which will not only result in significant improvement in the immediately targeted subject(s), but also develop lifelong learning expertise.
Violinists and Singers - Please Note:
I have played violin
for many years and have extensive experience playing in public with orchestras and chamber groups, and as a solo violinist. I was the Concert Mistress for the Missouri State Orchestra and was invited to audition for the St. Louis Philharmonic when I was in high school. (I took a different direction in my schooling, so did not accept this offer.) In addition to my knowledge of the technical aspects of violin playing, I am patient and understand the process of developing musical feeling and skills. I would feel most comfortable instructing beginner or early intermediate violinists.
With regard to singing
,I grew up singing in many select groups, including the Missouri State Choir, and the Select Modern Chorus. I was a semi-professional (i.e. paid) singer during college. I would be happy to work with a budding singer to teach voice and breath control, phrasing and style.