Cooking is a passion of mine and I have been cooking/baking on my own since I was a teenager. I took a short home-economics course, as well as had instruction from my mother on how to cook from scratch. In my own life, I find healthy substitutions and have a passion for nutrition (this is an important part of cooking as well). I understand basic terms/measurements, ingredients (and how to substitute when necessary/desired), and safety in the kitchen.
I have a background in elementary education (undergrad that included an internship and various tutoring opportunities for this age group), and I taught in an elementary school for one year. My specific subject was English, but I have taken education classes during my undergrad that involved all core subjects, including science, history, math, writing and reading.
My undergrad degree from Liberty University is in TESOL, and I completed an internship in elementary school ESL during that program. I've also tutored students and adults to help them with their English. Finally, I taught English to 1st and 2nd graders in Budapest, Hungary for one year.
I've been involved in a gym during college, but really got major experience in fitness training at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center in an AmeriCorps position. I was one of the leaders for the family-centered fitness program that treated/prevented obesity. Activities included an afterschool program for kids (a dynamic warm-up, sports, running and strength activities). Parents got involved in our yoga, Zumba, and walking groups. I also served as a case manager, helping families enroll in programs like the YMCA. My team realized the need for a greater emphasis on fitness in the U.S. and trained together with informational DVDs and learning how to teach sports to kids. We helped coach a soccer program with Soccer Without Borders each fall and spring. In addition, I taught basic swimming to children. Our special events included a yearly 5K and field trips (we logged the miles that each group walked as part of an incentive program called Mighty Milers).
I maintain my personal fitness through yoga sessions with my friend who is a certified instructor, strength exercises, and my favorite activities, such as walking/jogging, hiking and biking.
I learned how to read music and play flute 5th grade. My concert band classes were in grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. I've also had experience with other wind instruments like penny whistle and recorder. I play Celtic and classical music as a hobby.
I have tutored students who needed GED preparation. I found the skills needed for the test are similar to those used to prepare for the SAT, a test I did well on in high school. The social studies and language arts sections contain info that I tutor on a regular basis. I have several great online and textbook resources for GED prep.
I've played flute since 5th grade and stayed in band until 10th grade, mastering how to read/write basic music, sight read and perform. During many of my band years, I was in the first or second chair. I've played recorder and Irish penny whistle, and kept up with flute as a hobby (mainly Celtic and other folk music). I've worked a bit on piano/keyboard and guitar. I can teach reading and writing music, scales, and the basics of flute, penny whistle or recorder.
My degree in elementary education included a course in handwriting. I passed the class and used my skills as an elementary school teacher for 1st and 2nd graders. I encourage my students of other subjects to write legibly and practice good penmanship.
Hungarian is one of my favorite languages. I lived in Budapest for 1 year to teach English. Before I went, I made some Hungarian contacts in the U.S., studied the language, and attempted to explore the preparation of their unique cuisine. When I came back to the states, I maintained my contacts, studied independently, and attended a Hungarian community school in Boston (Boskola), and made a trip back to Budapest to visit last year. I can tutor basic Hungarian, especially survival phrases and useful vocabulary. If someone is planning a trip to visit this beautiful country, whether for pleasure or to visit family, a little Hungarian goes a long way to impress a group of people who are very proud of their rich and complicated language.
I grew up using Macs at home and in elementary school, and I was the go-to for tech support in the family. I currently use both Macbooks, and find that they are more efficient for most purposes (and more enjoyable in general). I have a background in graphic design, so in high school and college I became even more familiar with Macintosh computers and their current operating systems.
I worked for an AmeriCorps program at a health center specializing in helping overweight/obese children and their parents. The curriculum included fitness and nutrition lessons in English and Spanish. I currently keep up my studies in nutrition and holistic health independently and hope to complete a degree in nutrition.
I have a degree in education and have studied for the Praxis test. I have teaching experience in which I used the concepts of instructional design, research in the field of education (my Honors thesis was written on teaching ESOL to Korean L1 speakers), and assessment techniques.
I grew up in a Christian home, and we studied Biblical languages (Greek and Hebrew), as well as church history. I also grew up and have lived in multicultural areas, greater Washington, D.C. and Boston. From a young age, I was exposed to many different worldviews. Also, I attended Liberty University, a Christian college, taking courses such as Contemporary Issues, Cultural Anthropology and Philosophy. Our history and English courses also included studies in religion, including readings from the Q'uran, for example. I enjoy reading about religion and worldview (my most recent readings including Eric Weiner's "Man Seeks God" and Donald Miller's "Blue Like Jazz") and enjoy engaging in discussions about these topics. I practice yoga, research paganism, and watch documentaries on world religions.
I have loved Russian ever since I was a kid, when my friend moved to Kazakhstan. I have studied it since college, and now I continue to self-study and practice with my Russian-speaking friends from Ukraine and Turkmenistan. I am able to teach beginning Russian. I hope to be able to visit Ukraine someday.
In high school, I took the SAT two times and achieved excellent scores (my best score in Critical Reading was 670). Because of this, I was able to gain entrance into the Honors Program at Liberty University, and successfully finished the requirements to graduate with honors. My degree is teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL, ESL, ESOL) with coursework in linguistics and a minor in Spanish. I'm passionate about English etymology, which opens the doors to higher-level vocabulary, and I've been an avid reader throughout my life.
I use the SAT Prep Black Book: The Most Effective SAT Strategies Ever Published by Mike Barrett, a very helpful book mentioning great strategies to ace the SAT.
In high school, I took the SAT two times and achieved excellent scores (my best score in Writing was 660). Due to this, I was able to gain entrance into the Honors Program at Liberty University, and successfully completed the requirements in order to graduate with honors. In order to do that, I had to compose an honors thesis - the pinnacle of my academic writing so far.
I've personally experienced SOL testing through growing up in the Virginia school system, especially in Northern VA.. Originally, my degree was going to be elementary education, so I completed a practicum at a local school, including helping students prepare to meet SOL standards. I learned that preparation for the test begins in at the start of the year, not just right before the administration of the SOLs! Later, I changed my degree to Teaching ESOL, still desiring to work primarily with kids, and completed an internship at the same elementary school. Because ESOL students are already facing the challenges of mastering English, I learned how to explain the concepts and wording of the test even more thoroughly. I'd be glad to tutor students with SOL testing preparation in any subject.
I've studied Spanish since I was ten years old, starting with informal conversation neighbors from El Salvador and working my way up to a minor in Spanish (along with my teaching degree from Liberty University). I have enjoyed learning the language and culture from friends, family (my stepmother is Peruvian), in classes, clubs (including the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honors society in college), and through work (East Boston, MA) and travel (Madrid, Spain). Up to this point, I've reached a B2 level (upper intermediate - the next level would be the highest, C1) and continue to gain fluency through language exchange. I love sharing my cultural and linguistic experiences with this versatile and beautiful language.
I have worked within this area throughout my tutoring experience. While at an internship at an elementary school, I helped students study for SOLs (a standards of learning test given to all VA students in different grade levels). The college students I have tutored also had to study for various tests, as well as write papers. Additionally, I have used study skills in my own life, especially while in college, so I always liked to research effective methods of studying.
Writing is an invaluable skill that I have enjoyed developing throughout my academic career. With the creative streak that runs in my family, I started writing my own short stories about animals (real and imaginary) as a child. I later succeeded in attaining excellent grades in language arts and was fortunate to be enrolled in Honors English classes from middle school through high school. My AP Language class helped me strengthen my skills, and I was able to use credits earned from the AP test to get college credit. I later choose to become an English language teacher and wrote an Honors Thesis. I now tutor writing students on a regular basis.