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I am a retired science teacher of 20 years, teaching to all levels of students, from advanced levels to basic. Besides teaching, I tutored many students, and parents were very happy with the results. In addition to all fields of science, I feel competent in math, spelling, English, Spanish and some French.
As a parent myself, I am proud that my own children went on to Harvard, MIT, and American University, hopefully due to some of my influence! But I am more excited that I hopefully inspired them in a love of continuous learning and questioning. I truly love learning, and I work very hard to explain difficult concepts in a simplified manner. Essentially, once a teacher gets the ball of learning rolling, it's like inertia with young people; it just keeps going!
Being a parent, I can sympathize with frustrations when a child just isn't succeeding. I have a lot of compassion and understanding when dealing with difficulties in learning. I try to work with the parents and explain what I have done in each session of tutoring and make recommendations to continue between each tutoring hour. Upon parental request, I would make contact with teachers in order to parallel learning goals and time lines. My goal is to have the student succeed in school, but also to build self-confidence and teach learning tools to help students gain independence in academics. Phone consultations between sessions are also invited, and I email students between sessions with questions, answers or reminders.
I taught biology for 20 years, and I have experience teaching at various level.
As a science teacher of 20 years, I had the opportunity to develop a high school botany course which I taught for numerous years. Besides the plant taxonomy I also enjoy teaching plant biochemistry and anatomy. An emphasis is placed on various plants and their importance in the development of human society.
I taught high school chemistry for 20 years. I taught at various levels from general to advanced. I feel competent relaying abstract material to all levels of learners.
I have taught school for over twenty years, and I have become adept at using various teaching methods to accommodate all levels of learners. I also have five children, with different skills and needs. They have all become successful adult learners, and they are avid life-long learners. I concentrate on creative ways to learn basic skills, using traditional with newly developed techniques.
I have taught science for over twenty years. During that time, I taught various topics, from chemistry to biology, life science, health and earth science. I used various methods, and I love to concentrate on hands-on thought-provoking exercised. To teach someone to THINK as a scientist is my goal.
As a person who is bi-lingual, not by birth, but by academics and integration, I feel very competent in teaching English as a second language. In Vermont there are many Mexican workers who I transport to medical appointments, etc., and I teach them some basic English which is much needed for their economic and social survival. I am very enthusiastic and creative in my teaching style and would have students speaking English very quickly.
I have taught science for 20 years and have taken advanced coursework in genetics, both from the University of Vermont and from the Museum of Natural History in New York City. I enjoy this subject area as a student can instantly find something of substance in which he can relate, and the examples of genetics in everyday life can be made extremely fascinating.
I studied microbiology/bacteriology in college, and this was a portion of my biology curriculum material. I also use outside sources to increase student interest, such as books and articles which discuss the rise of bacterial resistance, "super bugs", and the influence of bacterial disease on the rise of the civilization of man.
As a teacher of science, I taught nutrition in both my health and biology classes. In addition, I developed an emergency care class in which students also developed a working knowledge of nutrition and nutritional diseases. I also enjoy relating nutrition to common ailments and am comfortable discussing current topics in nutrition such as the benefits of organic foods, toxins in our environment, and natural healing through nutrition.
As a chemistry teacher for 20 years, I feel very comfortable teaching organic chemistry. When I initially took organic many years ago, I found visualizing molecules to be very difficult until I used a different learning style. Much of organic chemistry is mental visualization of the reaction of the molecules, many times based on their 3 dimensional structure, so to have a teacher who understands the difficulties can be very helpful.
I have tutored many students in basic phonics. Learning the phonetic value of letters, letter groups, and especially syllables helps students develop stronger reading and writing skills. This ability strengthens a student's ability to perform in many other subjects, creating reports, and increasing ability to decipher new and unfamiliar words.
I taught for 20 years and I find that most students can benefit in doing presentations by practicing with a skilled presenter. I teach how to be prepared to eliminate nervousness in front of audiences. When a student is self-confident with his material, he can present it much more effectively. I also teach various "crutches" to get through difficult presentations.
I taught high school for many years, and I found that many students lack basic study skills in order to succeed. I teach organizational skills, mnemonics, and methods to promote stronger memory skills.
I have a bachelor's degree in zoology and taught the material for 20 years. Most students love this material after they understand the basics. I teach the relationship between various animal families with structure and function, and emphasis the importance and interrelationships of all species.
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