I started my study of accounting as a sophomore in high school which lasted through my senior year as an independent study in advanced tax and cost accounting. I continued my study of accounting while earning a bachelors degree in management. This study included finance and a cooperative position as an accounting assistant which I was able to kee until graduation. After graduation, I managed the financial aspects of my husband's business including tax reporting and cost analysis and worked in the finance department of a large corporation for 13 years before returning to college to earn an education degree.
I recently passed the exam to be a highly qualified teacher in elementary education in Vermont and New Hampshire and earned Recognition of Excellence from ETS for earning a score of 193 out of 200 possible points. During my student teaching, I worked with 6th grade students along with 7th and 8th grade students. I also have experience working with early elementary students.
All through school, math was one of my best subjects. I was fortunate to begin studying prealgebra and algebra independently in the 8th grade. I recently passed the exam to be a highly qualified teacher in middle school math in Vermont.
I always loved science as a child. Unfortunately, the classroom environment of a traditional science classroom alienated me from the subject as I got older. When I decided to obtain a degree in education, my own experiences prompted me to choose science. As I completed my degree program I especially focused on techniques that help all students relate to and learn the subject. One of my goals as a science educator is to help students appreciate if not find something to love about science.
During school I had the opportunity to become friends with several students who were not native English speakers. I can appreciate how difficult it is to learn English knowing that it is a complex language. After studying Spanish for a few years and Danish briefly, I know that practicing with a native or fluent speaker is the best way to improve your language skills.
During my studies through Western Governors University, I spent extra time learning about how individuals learn to read. Since phonics is an integral part of literacy, I independently studied different methods for teaching phonics and am currently working with my own 5 year old son on phonics, so that he will not fall behind or lose any of his new knowledge or skills. I have found that this additional knowledge has also helped in teaching students with different learning disabilities along students who ate just learning the English language.
I passed the Praxis I Reading exam with a score of 185 out of 200. My score on the Praxis I Writing exam was 181 out of 200, and my score for the Praxis I Math exam was 187 out of 200.
I received Recognition of Excellence from ETS for my Praxis II Elementary Education score of 193. I have passed every Praxis II exam that I have taken for certification in Vermont including high school social studies, high school biology, high school earth and space science, high school general science, middle school science, middle school math, and elementary education. My scores ranged from 165 through 193 out of 200 possible points. All scores were also passing for NH with the exception of the social studies content exam which is not used by New Hampshire.
When I first began to read, I really wanted to understand what I was reading and where the story was going. This helped me to learn techniques to improve my own reading comprehension through the years. Even when I was in the third grade, I scored at at least an 8th grade level on standardized tests. As I earned my education degree, I learned that everybody did not know these techniques but they are imperative to reading well.
I have always enjoyed math and have done well in it. In high school, I won awards for Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, and three years of accounting. I worked in the finance department of a large corporation for thirteen years where math mistakes were in dollars and cents. I held my position there until I decided to finish my second degree in education. My own SAT score in math was in the 600s when I took the test in high school.
Throughout high school and college I always seemed to have a higher reading comprehension than a lot of my classmates. When I first began to read, I wanted to know the story rather than just finish the book. This perspective helped me develop techniques that have helped me score well on standardized tests including the CATs where I scored as well as at least an 8th grade level in the third grade and on my own SAT tests in high school.
My personal experience involves several family members and friends with ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities. Through them, I have gained an understanding of techniques and strategies that help them succeed. One of my nephews who I have helped with homework and cared for has been diagnosed as developmentally delayed and as being on the spectrum.
During my student teaching, I helped coach students with dyslexia and learning disabilities. My degree program provided a foundation in knowledge about exceptionalities with practice providing differentiation for multiple needs. I have also passed the Praxis II exam to be a highly qualified special educator for pre-k through 6th grade.
In my own experience and through the teacher education program that I recently completed, I have discovered many skills and techniques that help students study and learn. These techniques include memorization strategies, metacognitive strategies, organization and planning methods, and test taking strategies. Every technique does not work for every student, so part of the process is to find what combination of skills and strategies works best for the individual student.
I understand the importance of passing the TOEFL for admittance into colleges and universities along with finding employment. I understand that English is a complex language with many subtle meanings. The format of the test includes academic sources. As a graduate with two bachelors degrees and a new educator, I have access to academic resources and practice in creating test questions. As a student of other languages, I have learned the types of problems that academic English may present.
I have always written well academically even though I prefer creative writing. I was fortunate to have attended an elementary school that encouraged creative writing along with journals to practice the important skills necessary to write. We were encouraged to write for enjoyment and published classroom anthologies of poetry and had writing workshops to work collaboratively. While I was earning my first degree, I had extensive practice developing my expository writing skills in my economics and psychology classes. As I earned my education degree, I was able to sharpen my skills even further. My vocabulary knowledge along with my mastery of grammar and mechanics help me write well.