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Learning new skills and knowledge can be and should be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. I am qualified to tutor in a wide range of subjects; please let me help you with your individual educational goals.
One of my qualified subjects is ESL/ESOL. English is a very complicated language; let me help you develop your vocabulary, reading comprehension, conversational language, and grammar skills! I have been tutoring both native English speakers and speakers of other languages for five years, and I have 14 years' experience as an ESL teacher in a local public school district. Helping students improve their English skills is my special passion.
Because I majored in English as well as Elementary Education in college and had an English and history concentration while completing my graduate studies, I can also tutor students in high school English literature or any level American history courses.
I have a 21-year background in teaching first and second grades, so I am also comfortable working with young students to build their fundamental reading and writing skills. My one-hour lessons in any subject are usually structured with a reading and vocabulary time first, a skills practice portion in the middle, and a learning game at the end. My goal, however, is to instruct using whatever method works best for each student, so I am very flexible in planning and execution of lessons to meet your specific goals and needs.
I love history of any period, but I especially enjoy studying and teaching American history. History was one of my concentrations when I earned my Master's degree. I love helping students see how events that happened long ago still resonate in current news today. It's very satisfying to me to help students understand connections between events and their historical backdrop. Helping students see history as real, involving people who lived and loved and worked and wept and really were not that different from themselves, means successful teaching to me. The topics of American history most fascinating to me are the exploration of Lewis and Clark and the resulting expansion of our country and the Civil War and all its ramifications.
As a student at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas, I completed Bible courses each year of the three years I was enrolled there. I also completed required Bible courses at Dallas Baptist University. While a student at DBU, I also attended chapel services as stipulated. I am currently an active member of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, where I attend a Bible study class on Sunday mornings. Regular church attendance in a Bible-believing church is part of my weekly routine. I also have on my personal bookcase several different texts meant to illuminate passages in the Bible; I also have concordances for accessing references. Further, I have access to additional Bible resources if needed.
I have both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Elementary Education. I also have 35 years' teaching experience in the elementary grades--1st, 2nd, and ESL K-5. I have also tutored nine elementary students, both native speakers and ELL's.
I have been a teacher for many years, and I have loved it all. But I have discovered in the last 14 years that teaching ESL is the most satisfying work I have ever done. I have taught ESL in the public school at the elementary level for those 14 years, and I find so much joy in developing my students' language skills. I remember the day we danced around the room because my little Japanese student said his first English word--"gum." I always try to make my classes and tutoring sessions fun with games, cartoons, and good literature. I am also very interested in other cultures and have been fortunate enough to travel to many countries, including China, Peru, and Sweden. I love to learn about other places and the people who call those places home!
I'm the person who always pulls out the atlas to show my students the location of the country we are discussing. Having a geographic context is so important for students in understanding events occurring in other parts of the world. I'm also the person who will study the map of the new location I'm visiting; I want to know where exactly in the world I am as related to the place I call home. I pore over the maps in the back of the Bible so I will know exactly where Abraham's Ur was or which land was Moab or Edom. I recently finished a book set in 1930's China--more study of the map included before the preface of the book! Let's explore this fascinating world with all its wonderful physical features and significant political borders together!
Grammar used to be scary and incomprehensible to me. I was blessed with a wonderful ninth grade teacher, however, who suddenly made it all make sense! Let me be that person for you! I can show you how to dissect a sentence and understand its parts, as well as how to make all those parts work together coherently and elegantly. I enjoy using games to teach components of grammar, and helping students apply their new grammatical knowledge in their writing is one of my highest personal goals.
I have had a lifelong love affair with literature! As a former elementary school teacher, I so enjoyed introducing my students to quality literature. I loved reading it aloud with different voices and expression; the excitement and engagement on their faces was my best reward. I double-majored in Elementary Education and English in college, so my love of literature extends beyond the children's lit shelf. I have worked with students over the years, both as a student myself and later as a teacher, to gain understanding of the great words left to us by literary luminaries. When I earned my Master's degree, English literature was one of my concentrations. I continue to be an avid reader today; sometimes I incur the criticism of others for having my nose in a book too often! Let me help spark a love of books and literature in your life!
I have 21 years' experience teaching reading in first and second grades in a Texas public school. I am also currently tutoring ESL students, and phonics skills and instruction are necessary in order to improve my students' English reading abilities. I am also an excellent speller; I have an innate understanding of how phonemes go together to construct words.
I have 35 years' experience teaching language arts in a local district. I have both a Bachelor's and a Master's in Elementary Education with concentration in English. I have also tutored three middle-school students in language arts.
Let's face it--English has a plethora of words to learn! I love meeting new words and analyzing their bits and pieces to gain meaning. It's fun to me to search for and find "le mot juste" described by Mr. Mercaptan in Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley and use that perfect word in my own writing. Teaching students to have fun with words and to expand their vocabularies is very gratifying to me. Seeing students' knowledge of vocabulary and the resulting gain in understanding of their schoolwork, as well as the larger world around them, is a high point of teaching for me.
Understanding how events in history acted out on the world stage have shaped the world we live in today is so important. As a student of history, both as a Master's degree candidate and in my own personal self-directed learning, I have studied the history of many time periods. I studied the ancient world and found it fascinating, especially as it correlates to events in the Bible. The Black Death in Europe and the ramifications of losing half the population in continental Europe and a third of the population in the British Isles always raises a question for me: What would the world look like today if those people had lived? Comparing the French Revolution with its disastrous consequences and the American Revolution with its relatively peaceful segue into democracy and tranquility is fascinating to me. British history is perhaps my favorite topic, but it is so difficult to choose! Let me help ignite a love of history in you!
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