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I am an enthusiastic and experienced educator who has a special talent for empowering my students and meeting their unique learning needs.
I use a wide variety of techniques to customize my instruction for every student. I am at ease with people of all cultures and all ages. I have taught elementary, middle school, high school, and university level students as well as local and international business professionals. In short, I love helping others learn and develop their skills.
So, if you want to improve your reading, writing, speaking, or career skills and have a smile while doing so, then I am the instructor for you!
As a corporate coach, former business owner, certified teacher, and a trained Leading the Way instructor, I have a wide and diverse background which has prepared me to counsel individuals who want to take their careers to the next level or plan a future career path. I have helped individuals at all levels including high school students, college students, international students and professionals, post-graduate working professionals, and even mid-level executives in multinational corporations. In my most recent assignment, I coached a mid level Chinese executive at GE to plan, prepare, and receive a desired promotion to become the General Manager for a joint venture between the Chinese government and GE. In addition, I read widely and attend various professional seminars to keep my knowledge of the business world current.
For the past thirteen years I have taught ESL to a wide variety of students. I have taught ESL middle school students, ESL high school students, post secondary international ESL students, and foreign business professionals. I have taught in the public school system and at the university level. I have also done more than ten years of one on one ESL tutoring with both children and adults. I received my ESL graduate level endorsement in conjunction with my Master of Education degree. In addition, I am certified in the State of Texas to be an ESL teacher for life. Two years ago I received a grant from Fund for Teachers to complete field work in Central America to improve my ESL teaching skills. Teaching ESL is my number one passion, and my outstanding abilities in this field are reflected in my annual evaluations and my student feedback comments.
I am well qualified to help teenagers, college aged adults, business professionals, and ESL speakers of all ages improve their public speaking skills by using techniques I have acquired through both formal and informal training. As a performing arts student at Theater Under the Stars, I learned the basics of voice projection, body language, and stage presence. During my studies at the Jesse Jones School of Business at Rice University, I learned how to communicate effectively in a myriad of business and professional situations such as meetings, presentations, job interviews, and social gatherings. As a business owner, I perfected my sales and negotiating skills. Over the years, I have augmented my authentic learning by attending public speaking seminars and through independent study. As a result, I have an extensive and real world foundation of training upon which I am able to help others find their inner voice and share it with the world confidently, concisely, and clearly.
Rice University-Houston (Business)
Houston Baptist Universtiy (MEd)
Terrific teacher!! — Debra is one of the best teachers I've ever had! She's kind yet honest in her evaluation of my performance and moves me along. In addition, she is so affirming! She leaves me feeling that surely I can do the task. I would highly recommend her. She gave me poise, confidence and the ground rules of public speaking! As I've said before, she's the best!! ...
Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00
Cancellation: 4 hours notice required
After the first lesson, the hourly rate is negotiable depending upon the type or frequency of tutoring.
Debra will travel within 15 miles of Liberty, TX 77575.
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