First of all, I have been in education (specifically in Special Education working with students with autism and/or with students and adults who were struggling readers) for the past 8+ years, and have learned as much about myself as I was able to teach others, if not more. I have found it profoundly rewarding to work with kids and adults of all learning levels and styles, and in various educational settings, including Correctional Centers, and one- or two-on-one situations with students on the Autism Spectrum. I find that I am continuously learning from those I instruct. My educational philosophy is simple: Keep them interested and make it relevant, and they will learn. Having taught both in the Hawaii State Department of Education as well as in private school and community settings, I also bring a broad spectrum and educational insight to the issues specific to these specialized populations, the challenges they often represent, and have often been tasked with creating curricula that is appropriate and effective in addressing each student's individual needs and learning objectives, including finding innovative ways in which to teach difficult concepts needed for GED and SAT preparation to students who may have struggled with such things in the past. In addition to having the knowledge and experience, I also hope I am able to bring the necessary compassion and patience to any tutoring position for which I am qualified.
Additionally, I have completed my Master's in Education from the University of Texas – Arlington, with a Literacy and ESL focus, the program curricula of which focused primarily on both formal and informal individualized literacy assessment and instruction (reading and writing), as they relate to a diverse learning population. I am currently working on my second Masters Degree in Forensic Linguistics at Hofstra University in Hempstead, en route to a PhD, and hope to bring the further knowledge gained from this program to my teaching and tutoring experience.
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