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Engaging in activities that teach concepts and skills makes learning fun! I like to compare learning to write with learning to drive. Remember when you slipped behind the wheel and put the key into the ignition? You knew to do so because you watched adults for many years before you were of driving age. Writing is similar--you know to use a utensil and paper or a computer to compose, but you might be unsure what to do after that. Let me help you learn and master the rules and signs and take control of the road on your path to wonderful essays!
Need help with standardized exams, AP English exams, college entrance exams? As a 2004 Texas Region IV Middle School Teacher of the Year, and finalist for Teacher of the Year in 2012, 2010, 2009, & 2006 at College of the Mainland, I will engage you in peer workshopping activities, online videos, and real life writing skills needed to be successful in the classroom and business world. We'll learn the rules of writing through fun activities, such as a preposition walk around your favorite place or finding commas in your favorite media outlets. I currently teach developmental writing at a community college, adjunct in English Composition I & II, and am author of three textbooks, co-author for Freshman Year Experience textbook, one young adult novel,and numerous educational and standardized assessment essays.
Do you need help with college admissions essays? As an author for standardized testing companies, scorer for AP English exams,and various states' standardized tests, I can help you manage your time and work on study skills, such as note taking or outlining chapters. Do you need help preparing for college or finding a career path once you get there? Do you know how to set up a degree plan or find scholarships for free? Do you know what steps to take to enroll in college? What courses you need? What school you want to attend? Can you navigate the admissions process? As a former Freshman Year Experience instructor and course designer and implementer, let me help you understand the college process and acquire the skills you need to manage your first year. I am certified in Emotional Intelligence through 6 Seconds and Texas A & M-Kingsville, and I am certified as an Developmental Adult Education Specialist (doctoral hours) through NADE/Kellogg Institute at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
My philosophy is that learning should be enjoyable, and, as co-director of the Greater Houston Area Writing Project, and national presenter and in-service conductor, I emphasize social and interactive learning, such as comic book writing and building games boards for use as assessment tools. Give me a call and let's have fun learning!
Need help with raising test scores? As a standardized test writer and scorer, I can help you raise your scores! We will focus on basic skills needed, essay formats, how the tests are scored, and more. Previously, I have taught middle school, presented at international and national conferences, do ISD in-services, teach developmental writing at a community college, and teach English Composition I and II. I am a former Texas State Region 4 Middle School Teacher of the Year, four year finalist for Instructor of the Year, participant in numerous ELA organizations, and former co-director for Greater Houston Area Writing Project.
Certified in Emotional Intelligence through 6 Seconds and Texas A & M-Kingsville, presented at International Emotional Intelligence Conferences. Also, certified in peer mediation and Developmental Adult Education through NADE/Kellogg Institute, Doctoral program at Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C. Set up Freshman Year Experience program at College of the Mainland with career development component and taught FYE courses. I completed the course design for the project, co-authored the textbook on study skills and college readiness skills. Assessed students and learning styles, authored educational research studies. Managed advisement, mentoring, and degree plans for college students. I developed PowerPoints for training instructors, for online components of course, and provided teacher training manuals. I taught Alternative English Certification courses for the PACT program and the bachelor's degree pedagogy and observation courses at the University of Houston-CL. I worked with bachelor's and master's level educators as co-director of the Greater Houston Area Writing Project, and trained teachers through Region IV in Texas.
If this section is for licensed counselors, then I am not qualified. However, if the section if for college advisement and navigating college life, then I have ten years' experience with below college and college level students. I worked as a part-time adviser, currently teach developmental courses and college composition courses, as well as freshman year experience courses. I set up, developed, implemented, oversaw, mentored students, and completed a nationally published research study on emotional intelligence with first year college students. I presented at OnCourse, Learning Community Conference, NADE, TCTELA, CRLA, NWP, GT, and teacher inservices. I re-wrote a learning styles assessment test and activities for a psychology text. I was co-director for bachelor's/master's Greater Houston Area Writing Project and taught certification courses for English teachers. I mentored these students and completed observations and case studies.
As a former English middle school teacher, college instructor, and published author, I teach English through creative ways--color-coding/highlighting skills, looking for patterns, chunking, acronyms, tips and tricks to uncover sentence patterns, authors' styles, and more... If current methods are not working for you, then it's time to try a new way to learn English skills--through engaging, fun, and educational tutoring lessons.
As a former middle school English/Language Arts Texas Region Teacher of the Year and past co-director of GHAWP (part of National Writing Project), I believe students should be involved in learning processes. I teach grammar through color-coding and peer workshopping so that students learn to recognize and correct their papers. However, I believe learning should be pleasurable, and it should capitalize on students' strengths. Working one-on-one with students helps them become confident that they can be successful. By using a unique approach to grammar, I can help students enhance their grammar skills.
As author of numerous educational articles, novels, textbooks, research essays, standardized assessment articles, and more, I can help you understand how to successfully proofread essays/books for publishing, standardized tests, and subjects/classes. Proofreading is an art! Learn the ins and outs of how to successfully proofread your work, and understand why proofreading is so difficult for many people.
Need help with raising test scores? I will focus on basic skills needed, essay formats, how the tests are scored, test taking strategies, and more. I have taught middle school, I am a former Texas State Region 4 Middle School Teacher of the Year, four year finalist for Instructor of the Year, participant in numerous ELA organizations, and former co-director for Greater Houston Area Writing Project.
I set up a Freshman Year Experience (FYE) course at College of the Mainland, co-authored the text, taught the courses, and oversaw the implementation of emotional intelligence into FYE and learning community courses. I am certified in emotional intelligence (anger/time/stress management, study skills, making right choices...) through 6 Seconds and Texas A & M-Kingsville. Re-developed learning styles test for inclusion into text and re-wrote activities for psychology course. Attended and presented at OnCourse national conference, as well as emotional intelligence conferences, gifted/talented conferences, learning community conference, and authored educational research studies on learning communities with emotional intelligence components.
2004 Texas Region IV Middle School Teacher of the Year, Finalist for Instructor of the Year (2012, 2010, 2009, 2006), Certified in Texas Secondary English, Emotional Intelligence, Developmental Education Specialist, and Peer Mediation. I taught Pre-AP 7th Grade English, attended Rice Pre-AP Institute, scored Standardized state exams for California and Pre-AP English Exams, currently author standardized test passages for numerous companies, as well as author of 3 texts, 1 YAL novel,and numerous educational articles. National presenter and co-director for Greater Houston Area National Writing Project. Presented at Gifted & Talented Conferences, Learning Community, NADE, TCTELA and numerous teacher in-services.
Need help with basic skills, specific concepts, essay formats, how standardized tests are scored, and more? I've authored a young adult book and flash fiction collection, as well as textbooks. I have authored numerous educational articles with research components (NADE, TCTELA, NCTE, NWP). I teach writing through visual sentencing, and I've scored AP exams, as well as written standardized assessments articles for international and national companies. I also review college textbooks for McGraw-Hill, Kendall Hunt, Pearson, and more.
Very helpful in essay writing and college applications — Beth was able to get my son on track in writing his important college essays. She motivated him but did not micro manage him. She helped him to get his thoughts on paper and organized. She allowed him to shine and express himself through his work and her guidance. At the same time having him be responsible for his deadlines. She was very flexible with her schedule and where to meet. She offe ...
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