I have been cooking and baking since I was nine years old, and it is a passion for me. I have prepared many different kinds of food from many different cultures. Some of the cultures include American, Thai, Italian, German, Cajun, Soul Food, Middle Eastern/Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, and French. I understand the different methods of cooking, food preparation, and measurements. I am able to follow recipes as well as create my own, which I share publicly on various websites. I am also able to make appropriate substitutions to compensate for dietary needs and healthy alternatives. Additionally, I have previously worked as a cook at Applebees Restaurant.
I am very patient and enjoy working with children. I have worked one-on-one with two different elementary school children that exhibited behavioral issues. The first child that I worked with was a 5 year old girl in Kindergarten that was attributed with Reactive Attachment Disorder. While working with me, she exhibited tremendous improvement in her command of the alphabet and phonemic awareness. The second child that I worked with was exhibiting behavior issues that resulted from displacement in his family structure. This child was 9 years old, in 3rd grade. He demonstrated great improvement in reading, math, and social skills while in my care.
I previously worked one-on-one with a 9 year old boy in 3rd grade. He struggled to add, subtract, multiply, and divide three and four digits when we began working together. Fractions, decimals, and word problems caused him distress; however, he demonstrated great improvement and a strong grasp of the material as we progressed in our lessons. This success has motivated me to want to help more children better understand the concepts of Elementary Mathematics.
I am a native English speaker and ESL/ESOL/TOEFL tutor. I have worked with students from Spain, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Egypt, Yemen, Africa, Saudi Arabia, France, and Morocco. I use formal and informal assessments to gauge my student's level. I work on goal setting, Reading, Writing, and Speech skills, including phonics, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, and communication with my learners. I try to utilize materials that are relevant and applicable to everyday life, contributing to success.
I currently tutor ESL and digital literacy skills to English Language learners. I have learners from many different countries; including Italy, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt, Mexico, Spain, Korea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and more. I work with learners of all levels, from basic to advanced. Some of my learners have never even been to schools in their own countries, while some of my other students are attending major universities in pursuit of graduate degrees.
I previously studied Computer Programming for two years at Colorado Technical University before changing my major to Emergency Management. I have an excellent command of basic computer operations and have previously helped other adult learners without technological knowledge to develop basic computer skills. I am even able to fix many hardware and software problems. Furthermore, I volunteer at the American Red Cross in the Disaster Service Technology department as a Computer Operations Technician.
I have worked with low-level adult readers, ESL/ESOL students, and elementary school children. My primary goal when teaching Reading is to motivate my students to want to read. I believe it is important to ensure my students have a strong knowledge and manipulation of sounds in spoken words, understand the relationship between written and spoken letters and sounds, demonstrate the ability to read with accuracy, appropriate rate of speed, expression, and phrasing. Additionally, it is important for me to build my student's knowledge of words, their definitions, and context.
When helping learners to prepare for the TOEFL exam, I focus on material that will be covered on all four sections of the test: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. I help my learners to be familiar with the types of questions that will be asked on the exam, improve their grammar, make sure they recognize the parts of speech, teach idioms, give writing assignments based on reading comprehension, complete listening and conversation activities, and administer practice tests.