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Deborah W.

Albuquerque, NM

$40/hr

Field Biologist looking to pass it on to the next generation

Background check passed as of 11/22/13
Usually responds in about 15 hours

Field Biologist looking to pass it on to the next generation

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Hello! I am originally from the Los Angeles area but have spent the last ten years working for various government agencies as a wildlife biologist since finishing grad school. I spent two years in New Zealand working with fur seals and received honors in two graduate level degrees.

I did quite a lot of tutoring in high school in biology, ESL, English, French, and math. I have a solid education in all the sciences and a strong writing ability. I am currently working on publishing two novels. I was a teaching assistant for 100- and 200-level zoology courses while in grad school, and I also taught computer courses for the Information Technology Department. I would be a competent tutor in university level biology, geology, introductory French, and introductory statistics.

I'm also an expert swimmer with high school and college level competition experience and have taught swimming lessons for fifteen years to all ages, including adults and special needs individuals. I also have two years experience as a masters swim team coach, and have coached a youth swim clinic for a year. I really enjoy helping others improve their strokes and swim with a technique that will not cause them injury.

My tutoring style emphasizes practice and reiteration of information and skills to enhance learning. I was diagnosed with ADHD at age four and have spent my life learning ways of getting myself to focus, concentrate, and learn. Because of this, I am very good at getting others to focus on the information that is truly important. I also emphasize study skills by teaching students how to organize their studying and the information they must learn in order to make things easier for them. I am laid back and flexible, but firm, and ask students a lot of questions to get them to think through to the best answer on their own. I use a lot of positive reinforcement and try to create a visual and environmental motivational space in which to work to help the student focus on the task at hand.

In the pool I also stress practice, reiteration, and positive reinforcement. I believe anyone, regardless of history, can learn to swim, and I will work with you or your child to make you safe and comfortable in the water. For those that already know how to swim, I will tailor lessons to your goals and will correct anything that could cause you physical damage or pain in the future. I also firmly believe that an instructor should not teach something they can't do, and I am in the water with the student at every lesson unless he or she is very advanced. I believe students learn physical skills better when shown what they are supposed to be doing.

I look forward to meeting you and hope that I can be of service.

Testimonials

"Very enthusiastic, student oriented!"

- Charlene, Albuquerque, NM on 5/5/14

"Excellent!"

- Lucrezia, Albuquerque, NM on 3/26/14

"Great Tutor"

- Tanya, Rio Rancho, NM on 2/2/14

"Wonderful tutor - so easy to work with and very helpful!!"

- Sandra, Albuquerque, NM on 5/9/13

"Attentive and responsible tutor!"

- Sharon, Albuquerque, NM on 10/24/12

"Engaging and knowledgeable"

- Lise, Fort Collins, CO on 7/11/12

"Great Resource!"

- Onalea, Albuquerque, NM on 4/22/12

"Excellent tutor"

- Mary, Albuquerque, NM on 4/1/12

"Wonderful tutor whom actually made a difference"

- Noel, Everett, WA on 9/18/11

"Gifted instructor"

- Sayed, Bothell, WA on 4/22/11
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Prealgebra,
SPSS,
Statistics
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Astronomy, Biology,
Chemistry,
Ecology,
Geology,
Physical Science,
Physics, Physiology, Zoology
Computer:
Computer Science,
General Computer,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, SPSS
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French
History:
Geography, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science,
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Biology,
Chemistry,
Elementary (K-6th), English,
ESL/ESOL,
French,
Physics, Prealgebra,
Reading, Statistics,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED, GRE
Sports/Recreation:
Soccer,
Swimming
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
French,
General Computer,
Grammar, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word, Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
SPSS,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

My tutoring style emphasizes practice and reiteration of information and skills to enhance learning. I was diagnosed with ADHD at age four and have spent my life learning ways of getting myself to focus, concentrate, and learn. Because of this, I am very good at getting others to focus on the information that is truly important. I also emphasize study skills by teaching students how to organize their studying and the information they must learn in order to make things easier for them. I am laid back and flexible, but firm, and ask students a lot of questions to get them to think through to the best answer on their own. I use a lot of positive reinforcement and try to create a visual and environmental motivational space in which to work to help the student focus on the task at hand.

Algebra 1

I have tutored several students in Algebra 1. I have numerous lessons plans already prepared and only need to be given the topics you need help with to tailor the session to help you most effectively. As a scientist I have used algebra on a regular basis and can help you or your child brush up on their skills. I am best suited to prealgebra or algebra 1. Algebra 2 is not my strong suit, but I am willing to try if you feel strongly I am the fit for you.

Biology

I have a masters in zoology. I was a senior teaching assistant for a 100 level university zoology course, and a junior teaching assistant for a 200 level animal biology course for one year. As a senior TA I ran laboratory sessions for 96 students. My strengths in biology lie in the animal and aquatic sciences. I do not have a strong background in cell or molecular biology although I have taken these courses. I would be a great tutor for high school biology students and college level introductory biology, ecology, or zoology courses. Feel free to get in touch and let me know what specific class you need help with and I'll let you know if I can help.

Chemistry

I have a solid background in the sciences. I have tutored one student in college level introductory chemistry for science majors. I would be appropriate for tutoring high school and beginning college chemistry.

Computer Science

I have extensive experience using basic computer programs for 30 years. I previously taught college computer center courses in Word, Excel, and Endnote. I am familiar with a lot of extended features of the MSOffice Suite and have familiarity in a variety of science based software such as distance, noremark, ranges, and minitab. I can teach you the basics of using the internet, Facebook, email, wordprocessing, and using spreadsheets.

Ecology

I have a masters in zoology and a bachelors in geology and natural sciences. I have worked as a wildlife biologist for eight years and encounter ecological issues and principles on a daily basis. I have taken multiple courses that encompass ecology and have experience as an introductory biology TA and the university level.

Elementary Science

I have two degrees in science and have held several jobs that introduce science to kids both in the classroom and on field trips. I have also been a park ranger for a number of years and am accustomed to talking about science with people that may not have any scientific background. This has required me to focus on simple explanations that I can easily convey to your child.

English

My liberal arts education strongly emphasized writing skills. We even wrote essays for calculus exams! I have a solid foundation in how to write and how to craft persuasive arguments for essays. I have also written two novels and have one scientific article published in a peer-reviewed journal. If you have an English assignment, I can probably help you.

ESL/ESOL

I tutored ESL students in english, biology, and math when I was in high school. I have lived overseas and am sensitive to cultural differences and customs. I also understand how it is to be in a foreign land and have difficulty communicating. I have excellent writing, spelling, and grammar skills and the type of personality that enjoys teaching and helping others. I have also learned a lot about grammatical structure from the six years of french I took while in high school and college. I believe tutoring ESL students is the same as tutoring other students but just requires more patience and a desire to go at the student's pace.

French

I studied French for six years while I was in school. That might seem like too long ago to remember, but I had a very demanding teacher that I am forever indebted to for teaching me something that stuck and was fun and useful. I enjoy tutoring French because it keeps the language current in my head. I can assist with pronunciation, accent, conversational skills, and grammar. I would consider myself fairly fluent, but I am not a native speaker and my grammar gets a bit fuzzy when it comes to more advanced French. I am most suited to teaching introductory to intermediate French.

General Computer

I have been working on personal computers for 25 years starting with WordStar and DOS. I am proficient in Microsoft Office. I have presented numerous presentations for school and professional groups using Powerpoint. I was an instructor in Excel, Word, and EndNote during graduate school for the Information Technology Department at University of Otago. I can install software and set up DSL and internet on computers with limited assistance. I am the one in the office that people come to when they have a problem with their computer. I can teach people the basics of how to use a computer.

Geology

I got my bachelor's in geology and am completely rock obsessed. The only major geology course I didn't take was structural. It's been a long time since my geology days, but I could easily tutor for an introductory course and things like glacial, sedimentary, oceanography, and volcanology. If you require tutoring for upper division courses I would recommend contacting me with the topics and I'll let you know if it's something I think I can help with. If you're a high school earth science student, I can definitely help you!

Microsoft Excel

I have worked with Excel and Word for 20 years. I have some familiarity with QuickBooks. I used to teach courses in Word and Excel to students at my university computer center. I know a lot of shortcuts that can save time.

Physical Science

I have four degrees in different sciences. As an undergraduate I studied geology and biology which included introductory series courses in chemistry and physics. I also got my masters in wildlife management, so I am well equipped to help students with biology and geology and junior high or 9th grade, chemistry and physics.

Prealgebra

I have tutored several young students in pre-algebra and algebra. These are some of my strongest subjects, and the kind of math I use most frequently in my everday career.

Proofreading

I have significant experience helping others edit and proofread their papers and essays. I have helped several friends (both native and non-native speakers) with college admissions essays. I have exceptional attention to detail when it comes to writing and will find all your typos!

Public Speaking

I have worked for the National Park Service as an Interpretation ranger for 5 years. This involves developing your own interactive presentations for groups of visitors up to 100 people. I was an environmental education intern where I did weekly presentations in classrooms to junior high school kids. I have also been an education volunteer for aquariums and zoos. I can be an objective voice that will give you useful feedback on your own public speaking ability and give you strategies for being an effective and confident presenter.

Soccer

I started playing soccer when I was 5. I have about 20 years of continuous experience. I played for a division 3 team in college and on a club team overseas in grad school. I made the all star team for AYSO several times for my goalkeeping skills as a kid, and have also gone to several intensive camps for goalkeeping. I would be a good coach for someone looking to get some practice in on the field or develop specific skills. I would also be a good coach for someone in high school or below who wants to take their goalkeeping skills up a notch. If you or your child's skills are above mine and I can't help you, I'll tell you and not waste your time.

SPSS

I used SPSS for my master's work which involved a lot of ANOVAs, t-tests, and linear regressions. The version I used would be a bit out-dated by now, but I'm still very familiar with statistical computer programs and can help you figure out how to use the program.

Statistics

I have gotten As in the two statistics courses I have taken. I have tutored two students through online statistics courses, and an additionally two MBA students through business statistics using MSExcel.

My masters thesis was essentially a statistical exercise. I calibrated mark-recapture estimates with total counts of New Zealand fur seal pups. This involved doing a lot of ANOVAS and GLM regressions. I became proficient at Minitab and SPSS software. I would be capable of tutoring introductory statistics for science and non-science majors.

Study Skills

I was diagnosed with ADD when I was 4 so I have spent my life trying to figure out ways to get and keep me motivated and focussed while learning. I emphasize techniques for organizing work during my tutoring sessions. For example, I would require a student to have written assignments down, to have a calendar with assignments and tests plotted out. I would encourage them to have an organized notebook and workspace. During tutoring I encourage repition and ways of helping learn information, like flashcards, writing things out repeatedly, and verbal repetition as well as trying to come up with pnemonics.

Swimming

I swam competitvely for 10 years in high school and college, and then for a masters team after college. I specialized in butterfly and freestyle swimming all the distances in these two strokes. I had an exceptional coach in college who emphasized stroke technique. I also had shoulder problems due to poor technique and have spent years refining my own strokes to prevent injury. I took Water Safety Instructor training in 1999 with my college coach as the instructor. I taught swim lessons for 8 years at the local Y. I taught all levels from age 3 to 60. I specialized in adults and children that had difficulty in mainstream classes. My job was to work with them and get them back to a level where they could function in a mainstream class without disrupting other students. I have experience with lots of ADD and autistic students and would often have an entire class composed of just these kids when other instructors could not cope with just one different child in their class. They would generally be ready for a mainstream class after one 6 week session of 1/2 hour twice a week with me. I do not generally teach infant classes, but I could teach parents how to teach their kids how to swim. I was a masters swim team coach for a little over a year before I left for grad school. The team disbanded after I left. I am an excellent swim instructor.

Writing

I have excellent training in English and writing. I have written two novels that I am currently attempting to publish. I have extensive experience editing college and high school essays and have helped several friends (both native and non-native speakers) with college admission essays. I also have a peer-reviewed scientific paper published and am familiar with the submission process for scientific journals. If you need someone to edit your paper or give you feedback, I'm your girl.

Zoology

I have a masters in zoology. I was a senior teaching assistant for a 100 level university zoology course, and a junior teaching assistant for a 200 level zoology course for one year. As a senior TA I ran laboratory sessions for 96 students. My resume will show you the extent of my education in zoology. I have also worked as a wildlife biotechnician for six years after completing my masters in the zoology department of University of Otago. My knowledge of zoology is much better than my background in cell biology and molecular studies. I have experience to back up the education. I am comfortable tutoring in all levels of zoology and animal science.

Deborah’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Deborah. View all of Deborah’s resources

Random changes are things like mutations that don't confer a benefit to the individual. For example, Down's syndrome is a random mutation where the individual has three copies of chromosome 21. This is being filtered out by natural selection because these individuals have a decreased life expectancy...

Hi Angela! It looks like you need some help with figuring out the equation of a line. The equation for a line is y = mx + b where Y is the y variable, M is the slope, X is the x variable, and b is the intercept (or where the line crosses the Y axis). Your slope (m) is always the number that is multiplied...

Lawrence University
Geology and Nat. Sci
University of Otago, New Zealand
Master's

Education

Lawrence University (Geology and Nat. Sci)

University of Otago, New Zealand (Master's)

Very enthusiastic, student oriented! — Deborah has worked with our son for the past 3 months and we've seen marked improvement in his pre-algebra comprehension and performance. Most of all, she has been teaching him study skills! This is really an important time for him (7th grader) to really begin to understand study habits and review techniques. We're really grateful for all she has been able to achieve in such a short time. Thanks, ...

— Charlene, Albuquerque, NM on 5/5/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Deborah will travel within 30 miles of Albuquerque, NM 87121.


About Deborah

Hello! I am originally from the Los Angeles area but have spent the last ten years working for various government agencies as a wildlife biologist since finishing grad school. I spent two years in New Zealand working with fur seals and received honors in two graduate level degrees.

I did quite a lot of tutoring in high school in biology, ESL, English, French, and math. I have a solid education in all the sciences and a strong writing ability. I am currently working on publishing two novels. I was a teaching assistant for 100- and 200-level zoology courses while in grad school, and I also taught computer courses for the Information Technology Department. I would be a competent tutor in university level biology, geology, introductory French, and introductory statistics.

I'm also an expert swimmer with high school and college level competition experience and have taught swimming lessons for fifteen years to all ages, including adults and special needs individuals. I also have two years experience as a masters swim team coach, and have coached a youth swim clinic for a year. I really enjoy helping others improve their strokes and swim with a technique that will not cause them injury.

My tutoring style emphasizes practice and reiteration of information and skills to enhance learning. I was diagnosed with ADHD at age four and have spent my life learning ways of getting myself to focus, concentrate, and learn. Because of this, I am very good at getting others to focus on the information that is truly important. I also emphasize study skills by teaching students how to organize their studying and the information they must learn in order to make things easier for them. I am laid back and flexible, but firm, and ask students a lot of questions to get them to think through to the best answer on their own. I use a lot of positive reinforcement and try to create a visual and environmental motivational space in which to work to help the student focus on the task at hand.

In the pool I also stress practice, reiteration, and positive reinforcement. I believe anyone, regardless of history, can learn to swim, and I will work with you or your child to make you safe and comfortable in the water. For those that already know how to swim, I will tailor lessons to your goals and will correct anything that could cause you physical damage or pain in the future. I also firmly believe that an instructor should not teach something they can't do, and I am in the water with the student at every lesson unless he or she is very advanced. I believe students learn physical skills better when shown what they are supposed to be doing.

I look forward to meeting you and hope that I can be of service.

Testimonials

"Very enthusiastic, student oriented!"

- Charlene, Albuquerque, NM on 5/5/14

"Excellent!"

- Lucrezia, Albuquerque, NM on 3/26/14

"Great Tutor"

- Tanya, Rio Rancho, NM on 2/2/14

"Wonderful tutor - so easy to work with and very helpful!!"

- Sandra, Albuquerque, NM on 5/9/13

"Attentive and responsible tutor!"

- Sharon, Albuquerque, NM on 10/24/12

"Engaging and knowledgeable"

- Lise, Fort Collins, CO on 7/11/12

"Great Resource!"

- Onalea, Albuquerque, NM on 4/22/12

"Excellent tutor"

- Mary, Albuquerque, NM on 4/1/12

"Wonderful tutor whom actually made a difference"

- Noel, Everett, WA on 9/18/11

"Gifted instructor"

- Sayed, Bothell, WA on 4/22/11

Education

Lawrence University
Geology and Nat. Sci
University of Otago, New Zealand
Master's

Education

Lawrence University (Geology and Nat. Sci)

University of Otago, New Zealand (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Albuquerque, NM 87121

Deborah’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Prealgebra,
SPSS,
Statistics
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Astronomy, Biology,
Chemistry,
Ecology,
Geology,
Physical Science,
Physics, Physiology, Zoology
Computer:
Computer Science,
General Computer,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, SPSS
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French
History:
Geography, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science,
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Biology,
Chemistry,
Elementary (K-6th), English,
ESL/ESOL,
French,
Physics, Prealgebra,
Reading, Statistics,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED, GRE
Sports/Recreation:
Soccer,
Swimming
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
French,
General Computer,
Grammar, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word, Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
SPSS,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Deborah’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Deborah. View all of Deborah’s resources

Random changes are things like mutations that don't confer a benefit to the individual. For example, Down's syndrome is a random mutation where the individual has three copies of chromosome 21. This is being filtered out by natural selection because these individuals have a decreased life expectancy...

Hi Angela! It looks like you need some help with figuring out the equation of a line. The equation for a line is y = mx + b where Y is the y variable, M is the slope, X is the x variable, and b is the intercept (or where the line crosses the Y axis). Your slope (m) is always the number that is multiplied...


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