It's the rare student who doesn't find difficulty in one subject area or another during their educational experience, and that applies to pupils of all ages. I have been teaching and tutoring for 8 years now, for public and private schools, BOCES students and college kids as well. This "second" career followed 20+ years as a federal labor investigator, which involved considerable outreach/education in gov't. policies and services for bilingual audiences, where I revived my own ability to speak and write in Spanish. Regardless of whether I am teaching or tutoring students with learning issues or those needing some supplemental direction in a challenging subject area, starting a book report/prepping for an exam, my style has been patience and creativity, and a foundation of positive reinforcement. These traits have been as important as the firm knowledge of the subject matter being taught.
My active interest in education began with my own son, who was diagnosed with ADHD and learning disabilities related to dysgraphia, a writing disorder. Much of my own child's progress depended on my advocacy for his educational rights, a lot of research, and some trial and error regarding the impediments to his ability to maintain par with his classmates. He became a naval air traffic controller, and continues his college education as I write.
I graduated with a BA in Language Arts, and minored in Science--geology and biology. My other specialties include Spanish language, both reading, grammar, writing, translation, conjugations; Global and US history; American Gov't. I took additional college level classes locally in Anatomy and Physiology, as well as 2 classes in Spanish to get more up to date. I intend to do so in math and chemistry as well. Vocationally, I have taught horsemanship, dog obedience, golf, and had a gourding art craft studio--I know, very eclectic! but my interests have always been varied, and pursuing them, meeting folks from different venues has been an integral part of my own personal growth and knowledge.
I would be glad to provide a list of parent references whose students' work improved from one-on-one tutoring with me. Don't hesitate to call for a consultation which will cover you or your student's problem areas, and techniques to improve comprehension therein. I must add that I believe that a sense of humor helps the learning process, and allows us to enjoy the effort. I will include in the tutoring session(s) as much review materials and graphic, visual, and note-taking elements as appear to be needed to make each session count, as quickly as possible.
The hourly rate can be reduced for lesson packages or regular tutoring sessions. Thank you for reading my profile, and I wish you lots of success with your efforts.
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