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My motto in life is: "Spend less time complaining, more time creating!"
I'm a natural-born teacher, poet, and baker. I am also an Education junkie; possessing a curious mind, I strive to learn as much as I can, every single day. I expand my knowledge base by perpetually reading a wide variety of materials, and by regularly attending lectures, book signings, poetry readings, and other cultural events. I am a firm believer in the principle that everyone has interesting stories to tell, and invaluable information to share. Coffee is my lifeblood. Likes: words, Scrabble, traveling, farmer's markets, pianos, birds, old books, etc... Dislikes: numbers, close-mindedness, cold weather, cow's milk...
EDUCATION & BACKGROUND:
I graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College in 2010. There, I was a member of the Alpha Mu Gamma foreign language society and I held a position as French Club Secretary. I volunteered as a math & reading tutor at Casa Guadalupe after-school program, working with underprivileged, inner-city students. I brought my love for creative writing to life as the Editor-in-Chief of Kalliope, M'berg's foreign language literary journal, and as a contributor to Muses, their creative arts journal.
I studied abroad in Paris through CIEE’s Critical Studies program in the spring semester of 2009. During this amazing experience, I was fortunate to be able to take a 3rd year comparative literature course at the Sorbonne.
I completed Master's-level course work in psychology, pedagogy, & teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) at Marywood University from 2011-2012.
I have ample experience working with international students. My family has taken in French and Spanish exchange students regularly for ten years now. My parents recently housed a Korean exchange student for the school year, and I was also an active member of Marywood's International Club. I have many French, Middle Eastern, South American, and African friends. I know how to interpret for, communicate with, understand, and make myself understood by internationals, even when I don't speak their native tongue. I am, however, fluent in French, I possess an intermediate knowledge of Spanish, and I speak basic Italian and Arabic.
GENERAL TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
Creativity is the sky in which my spirit circles, the sun for my planet’s orbit. Former students have told me that I inspire a love for learning.
I have had numerous classes in and experiences with differentiating instruction. The more my students employ their own unique learning styles, the better. I equip them with tools and training while guiding them through their individual learning processes, encouraging their own epiphanies, or "ah-ha! moments," along the way. I am a firm believer in Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, and I apply this to all of my work.
As a teacher, I provide a structured environment and thorough lesson planning. In my work as a child therapist, I have found that the younger the age of the child, the more routines and structure are required. However, I don’t get tripped up by changes in the plan; I am able to readily adapt to any situation.
I find 5 areas in which I excel: thorough subject knowledge, adaptability, creativity, patience, and “withitness” to be the strongest indicators of a good teacher.
I believe that all students are intelligent, just in varied ways. Whether a student exhibits linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal, natural intelligence, or a combination of several of these, ALL students have the ability to learn. Every instructor should PRESUME intelligence; it is their responsibility to create lessons, activities, materials, and to make any necessary adaptations in order to facilitate the learning process.
I find that, particularly during the first few sessions, delivering a learning styles assessment, researching all available materials and avenues, and checking often for comprehension are essential strategies for tutoring.
I would love to get to know you!
Very Patient and Professional! — Bethany is very good at determining the root cause of learning difficulties and assigning the appropriate tasks to work through them. She is patient and thorough and has proven to be an indispensable resource. So glad we found her! ...
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