I probably should have become a teacher. In fact, one of my high school teachers was sure that I would. Though I didn't choose that route, I find myself often taking on the role of teacher. I have a deep well of patience to tap into when teaching that seems to dry up during other times of my life! I love math. Algebra is like chocolate to me! I enjoy finding ways of explaining math principles to people in a way that makes it click for them. I understand that minds work differently and that saying the same thing over and over with a louder and louder and slower and slower voice isn't going to help! I have fun with math and try to help my students have fun with it, too.
I also adore words and writing. Learning a new word is like being handed a priceless little gem. I have quite a few "gems" and many of them still make my eyes sparkle. The satisfaction of exclaiming, "I'm going to DEFENESTRATE this computer!", when it's on the blink, or the playfulness of the witty reply to, "Does that ring a bell?" of "Nope, no tintinnabulation happening over here!" I love a well-worded sentence and love analyzing how to make sentences read smoothly. Be it essays, prose, short-stories, professional correspondence, poetry, or commercial articles; my writing is consistently of a high-quality.
Additionally, I have worked as a tax and accounting professional for the majority of the past twenty years. I worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Seattle for a number of years as well as for several local CPA firms. I have strong accounting skills and a thorough working knowledge of Excel, Quickbooks and other common business software.
Most importantly, I like kids. I have three of my own. One has autism and all three are very smart. They all think in very different ways and amaze me every day. Because of my son's sensory issues, I understand that some kids need to move to learn, or need to fidget. Some need constant re-enforcers, some need very little. The goal is to get a child in an optimal state for learning and to use their time in that state wisely. I also believe you have to know when they are done and respect that. Every session should end with them feeling successful to pave the way for success in the following session.
I look forward to talking with you about your or your child's needs and hope that we have an opportunity to work together.
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