I have taught two years of Algebra I to advanced 8th graders, and have tutored high school as well as community college students.
My undergraduate coursework included one year of calculus, and since earning my degree I have taken college level algebra (Math 111) at Chemeketa Community College as a refresher.
My undergraduate college coursework included 1 year of calculus. As a refresher, I took Math 111 at Chemeketa Community College in the summer of 2006 for credit. I have tutored other students in Math 111 and Algebra 2.
In addition to my liberal arts degree, I have taken one year of American History at a local college and a term of Native American History. I have taught U.S. History at the middle school and high school level.
I am familiar with the ASVAB test battery. I am also a navy veteran and took the AQT-FAR as an officer candidate.
My 12 years of experience in human resource and risk management include these highlights: key member of Transition Team for a golf course owner and operator with an increase in net worth of over $100,000,000 in a 16-month period; key team member and trainer of line supervisors to implement a managed care plan across a dozen business units, affecting approximately 5,000 employees; and team member responsible for the benefits portion of merging seven disparate human resource information systems into one standardized HRIS.
I have taught as an adjunct professor, Entrepreneurship Certificate Program for Central Texas College distance learning onsite at Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution.
Not only have I actively participated in the purchase, sale, creation, and management of small businesses, I have also taught college-level courses in Small Business Management, Salesmanship, Human Resource Management and Business Math.
Certified Professional in Human Resource Management, 1992-1997
I took, and successfully passed, this test prior to entering the Master's degree program in teaching at George Fox University. My current teaching licensure in Oregon includes endorsements in multiple subjects, math, social studies, and self-contained classroom. I have taught 11 full years as a public school teacher in grades 6-8, as well as 3 years of summer school for grades 9-12.
At Faulconer-Chapman School in Sheridan, I was the chess and checkers teacher for five years. Chess is a game which has significant connections to math, computer science, language, and other disciplines. It has been a tool that has been of great value to me in connecting with other students, particularly boys struggling socially and academically.
I am a highly qualified teacher with an active Oregon Initial II teaching license. This license qualifies me to teach grades 5-12 in several areas. I do have a full year of experience with a self-contained classroom of sixth graders, and I learned much about those students, what works and what does not work.
I'm a highly qualified (under Federal guidelines) math teacher, beginning with grade 5. I have additional coursework beyond those requirements in the pedagogy of teaching math. This provides many opportunities to apply those practices that yield good results. Examples of such practices include: using flashcards for vocabulary and numerous activities with a multiplication table, including least common factor, proportions, and how to divide!
I have been tutoring GED students since 2012, most of whom are adults seeking to better themselves with improved job opportunities. The State of Oregon has approved me to assist clients participating in vocational rehabilitation. My GED students have a high pass rate on the test, including a score at the honors level.
I have taught at least one class of prealgebra at the middle-school level every year for eleven years. Pre-algebra is a terrific subject to teach and to learn. Students get a chance to build a solid foundation for algebra, gaining insights while also practicing skills. I enjoy this time in a child's math development because improvement frequently occurs. Also, if it is taught well, prealgebra can be a strong bridge that gets rid of the anxiety that often comes with algebra.
I absolutely love public speaking and can empathize with those who fear it more than death. Opportunities to speak publicly are always welcomed.
Public speaking engagements of mine include: 8th grade promotion, middle school recognition ceremonies, and presentations to employee groups when I worked in human resource management and in business settings.
In addition, I have taught the required speech component as a semester-long course to freshmen at Dayton High School, Oregon.
I am ordained through the Universal Life Church to conduct marriage ceremonies.
I have taught the REWARDS reading intervention program to 7th and 8th graders. My training beyond my college degree includes SIOP, an intensive language-based enrichment program, and several years teaching language arts and literature in two Oregon school districts.
As a tutor, I use current assessment materials to determine the fluency, comprehension and vocabulary level for a student. I love helping children discover the beauty and power of language, both written and spoken. And finally, when working with students, we always find subject matter that is interesting, relevant, and age-appropriate.