I have a learning disability myself so I have learned through the years to adjust to my disability while achieving my educational goals. I have taught/tutored many students with ADD/ADHD in both the K-6 and higher education environments. They have been successful while under my tutelage.
My master's degree is in Human Resources and Leadership. I have taught several courses in both of these areas as they relate to the business world and organizational success. Leadership courses I have covered include information on knowledge on leadership styles, theories of leadership, and application of the styles through training. Some of my favorite leadership authors are: "On Becoming a Leader" by Warren Bennis and "The Leadership Challenge" by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner.
Besides my teaching and tutoring experience, I have also counseled students in the development of their careers. Students discovered I had excellent listening skills and were sent to me to discuss their education level, work history, personality, interests and skills for a preliminary evaluation. Aptitude and achievement tests were administered by other personnel.
I tutored students in the public school system while working as a sign language interpreter/teacher assistant. Last winter I worked for two tutoring agencies and helped students improve their reading, writing, and math skills. This winter I wrote lesson plans for the Common Core standards for K-6.
I have taught computer courses for over 12 years. I am very familiar with Windows, the Internet, email, Facebook, Microsoft Office, and installing software.
Hard Of Hearing
I have been a sign language interpreter since 1986. I have worked with and tutored deaf and hard-of-hearing students in K-12 and in the higher education environments. I am very familiar with Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community.
I have been a long-standing user of Microsoft Outlook. Outlook has also been included in my courses that I teach on Microsoft Office. I especially enjoy using the Exchange ActiveSync Support feature for both personal and business use.
I have been a Windows user for 20 years. I include Windows in my higher education courses and teach students how to navigate Windows and well as how to install and upgrade the program. I also teach students the advantages of Windows on home and business desktops, laptops, and in media centers.
I wrote several lesson plans for the Common Core standards in this area this winter. The plans included heuristics, lesson activity, vocabulary, mistakes made in teaching phonics, graphic organizers, three tiers of challenges for students to meet before passing the standard, and a script for a video highlighting the standards.
Besides being taught public speaking as part of my undergraduate degree, I have owned my own business as a trainer. Being a trainer has made me very comfortable in a public speaking setting. In every course I teach, I include public speaking as part of the curriculum to help students learn the tricks of being an effective public speaker.
I have been a sign language interpreter for several years. I taught SEE and ASL classes at St. Cloud State University while I was on staff there. I also completed a 2-year associate degree program in sign language interpreting.
A great deal of my time in K-12 education and higher education was working with students with special needs. I seemed to have a natural knack at reaching these students and helping them solve their educational challenges. Addressing every type of learning and finding which one suited each student was rewarding for the student and for myself.
Study skills can make a big difference in success in the classroom. Teaching students organizational and time-management skills are essential to that success. When I started college, I had to learn to manage time between my family, being a full-time student, and working full-time. These skills have served me well in my entire life and I believe they will my students.
I am currently working on writing a series of children's books so creative writing just seems to be in my DNA :)