I have been employed full-time in an academic setting since 1989. I have served as a teacher, in front of a classroom, in each of these school years although my most recent role has been as an administrator. I have served as a Middle School Division Head for eight years and as an Upper School Principal for six. I also served as a Head of School in a Pre-K through 8 setting, mastering the curriculum for elementary students during those three years. Prior to that, I was employed in the Sports medicine industry as a Certified Athletic Trainer, in multiple settings. I remain a Licensed and Certified Athletic Trainer with the National Athletic Trainers Association, since 1985. I am a qualified personal trainer with a long history of helping young athletes and adults to improve athletic performance. I have served in the dual role of teacher and athletic trainer in many of my schools.
I have primarily taught Science during my years in the classroom. The following list is an accounting of the variety of subjects I can offer: Lower school (4th and 5th grade general science- 3 years, Physical Education and Health- 2 years), Middle school (Life science- 10 years, Physical Science- 7 years, Earth science- 3 years, Study skills- 6 years, Upper school (Anatomy and Physiology- 3 years, Earth science- 2 years, Biology- 2 years, Environmental science- 3 years, Physical education and Health- 2 years). My science background gives me a strong mathematics foundation and an emphasis in writing in my classroom has rewarded me with strong grammar and writing ability. Along the way, I have also tutored in the following subject areas: Lower school math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Writing, Grammar, History, Geography and multiple Social Studies topics.
After twenty plus years in the classroom and administering in schools, I have a broad range of teaching skills to share with students. I have worked successfully with some of the brightest young minds during my career including those who find school a difficult place, are unorganized and lack direction for schoolwork. I have a strong interest in Brain research and have an approach that allows all learners to find success. Differentiated instruction, development of analytical skills and building confidence with an outcome of independence are the methods I bring to tutorial sessions. Showing kids how to improve written work and to take pride in long-term assignments are particularly satisfying to me.
Finding the right work environment and identifying the frequency of tutorial sessions are two critical first steps for achievement. I am flexible to find this balance for the student. I am particularly strong with helping underachieving learners yet have been equally successful accelerating younger curious students. My experiences include helping students prepare to test for a number of standardized assessments and as a test Administrator for the SSAT, PSAT, SAT and ACT. I earned a BS from the University of Rhode Island in 1981 and a MS from Indiana University in 1985. I am a strong believer in professional growth and have completed many hours of continuing education over the course of my career. My recent area of interest is in the neurological science behind how the brain learns and retains information. I regularly apply the techniques I learn from reading about brain research to my work with students.
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