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I am a recent graduate from Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania, but grew up and lived most of my life in Texas. At Saint Francis, I received bachelors degrees in Religious Studies and History. Along with these degrees, I have completed the qualification for Pennsylvania State Teaching Certification in Citizenship Education. Subjects within citizenship education include: government, economics, all levels of history, geography and the political and social sciences. Before attending SFU, I work in the graphic arts field in the DFW area for almost 10 years. My graphic arts background and education gives me working knowledge of all the major desktop publishing software - including Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and PhotoShop - all aspects of graphic design, and artistic skill. I have years of experience working with teenagers. While in Pennsylvania, I worked with teenagers in religious education and before that was an active adult leader in the church youth group and religious education in Dallas.
As a teacher I hold high, but achievable, expectations of all my students. Learning should be interacting meaning that students need to take an active role in their own education. The ultimate goal is knowledge and understanding not simply remembering and recalling. This goal of understanding is achieved though engaging the student. I am a very flexible and adaptive person. I also think that no single teaching philosophy that fits in every situation. I strongly believe that there needs to be a health balance. The subject matter must be made relevant to the child otherwise they will not learn it. If the subject matter is weakened or the standards are solely focused on the child’s perspective, the student will not be challenged and there will be no growth. My teaching methods are flexible so they can easily be adapted to the learner. The teacher must take equal responsibility when students fail to learn.
I have over 10 years experience as a graphic designer. This experience calls for expert working knowledge of all Adobe graphics software including InDesign. I originally learned page layout using Quark Xpress, and I find InDesign more then a replacement for this older program. It allows for greater importability and provides more graphic and design options. I have used InDesign to produce brochures, posters, exhibition graphics, and ads for national magazines.
I have over 10 years experience as a graphic designer. This experience calls for expert working knowledge of all Adobe graphics software including Photoshop. Uses include using masks and layers to combine images, cloning out imperfection in scans and digital photography, edit and adjust colors, remove and/or edit unwanted images, and even create airbrush style artwork digitally.
I have over 10 years experience as a graphic designer. This experience has given me expert working knowledge of all the major desktop publishing software. I have created pieces for print output using InDesign, PageMaker, QuarkXpress, Corel Draw, PowerPoint, and Publisher.
I am well versed in the major functions of Microsoft Word. I know the strengths and weaknesses of the program. I have been using the application and all of the Microsoft Office Suit for years and have become adapt through experience of what works and what does not work in each program. The features in the 2007 version make writing and composition easy with the ability to easily insert footnote, end notes, citations, pictures and diagrams to turn a simple paper, report, or essay into an eye catching, information filled, intelligent document.
I have a BA in Religious Studies from Saint Francis University. This degree program included a study of religion - specific word religions and the philosophical concepts relating to human beings and religions. I have background in biblical studies and doctrinal studies. I have also taught religious education in several churches and denominations.
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