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I have my bachelor's in accounting and have worked in the field for over 15 years. I currently own my own small accounting and tax business.
I discovered accounting in 10th grade and it clicked with me on a core level. I began tutoring fellow students while still in high school. I love accounting and get kind of excited talking about it. This makes for an enthusiastic, positive environment that seems to help my students stay engaged in learning. I am able to break the information down and present it in a way that is tailored to my student. Accounting if fun! Let me prove it to you!
I know it will sound odd, but I absolutely love algebra! I feel my heart rate rise with excitement when I look at a page of algebra questions (notice I refuse to call them "problems").
I am math-minded and find it comes easily, but I understand that many people have minds that do not work like mine. I struggle with art, abstract thinking, languages - we all have our strengths and weaknesses. My goal with helping others master algebraic concepts is to find a way to explain it to them so that it clicks. I understand the core concepts of algebra on a molecular level and am able to break them down and explain them using illustrations tailored to my student.
You can do it, and I'll be right there to celebrate your victories with you!
When it's time to get into the meatier algebra concepts presented in Algebra 2, math problems can look intimidating. My goal as a tutor is to break the information down into manageable pieces, giving the student confidence in their math skills. At this level, algebra can actually be a lot of fun - like solving a puzzle. Together we can tame those scary-looking equations!
I feel adequately qualified to teach children who have autism. I have a son with classic autism. He was diagnosed at the age of 22 months and is now 6 years old. I have worked with him and many other children with autism as an active part of his therapy and school program. I am the Art Docent in his class this year, made up primarily of children on the Autism Spectrum. I believe I could be quite helpful in assisting children with autism learn as I understand some of their unique learning needs.
In my younger years I studied to be a professional ballet dancer and was awarded a full scholarship with the Professional Dancer's Society in California. I trained in a very serious studio and was planning to apprentice with the San Francisco Ballet. I decided that the life of a dancer was not for me and quit. It was the hardest thing I have ever done.
In college I danced so much that half of the school believed me to be a dance major, including many of the dance instructors. I also substitute taught adult ballet classes at the YMCA for a teacher when she was unavailable and enjoyed it immensely.
Though many years have passed since then, I took an adult ballet class last year and found that it was all still there. My body struggled to do it, but my mind remembered it all. Ballet was my first love and I would be honored to share my love and skill to the next generation.
My experience working with elementary school children comes primarily from working with my own three children. My son was diagnosed with autism at 22 months old and from that time on I have been heavily involved in his day to day therapy and education. Additionally, I have an eight year old daughter in second grade that I work with in the subjects of math, reading, and spelling. I have been reading to my children and with my children since they were born. For the last two years I have volunteered to work in my daughter's class working with students one on one building math skills. I am Art Docent for my son's class this year, teaching art there.
Since the actual subject matter is pretty simple for an educated adult, the real requirements, as I see them, for working with elementary aged children are patience, appropriate expectations, and the ability to connect with and engage them. I believe my life experiences as a mother, my current volunteer experiences, and my general personality give me these tools.
I have worked as an accountant and tax specialist for almost 20 years using a variety of computer programs. I have a good knowledge of the internet, Microsoft Office programs, Facebook and other social applications, and just about any other kind of program a person could have interest in learning.
I have a great amount of patience and a good sense of humor. I am very encouraging and make a person feel at ease to ask any question.
I love Excel and have used it extensively in my profession as an accountant. I have taught many co-workers to use the program effectively and have a well-developed process of helping people take a page of little rectangles and turning it into a useful tool.
The needlework I am proficient in is knitting. I have been a knitter for 15 years and have written a number of articles related to knitting for online publications. Knitting is making a come-back! If you'd like to learn this traditional craft, a little one-on-one assistance is all you need to be on your way. Warning - knitting is highly addictive!
This is the time to cement the foundation skills vital to being successful in algebra. My goal in tutoring this subject is to flush out gaps in my students' skill-set and fill them. I also aim to provide a gentle, meaningful introduction to algebraic concepts that will stick with my students as they move forward.
I have worked as a professional in the tax and accounting field for most of the last twenty years. Most of those years were as a full-time accountant or tax specialist. I worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers for several years, I've worked for huge corporations and small public accounting firms. For the last eight years I have worked with QuickBooks. In fact, I have worked with many general ledger programs, QuickBooks being the most basic and user friendly of them all. I am highly proficient in all the various components of QuickBooks and would be very comfortable teaching it to anyone.
I believe developing good study skills early on is essential for being successful, not only in school, but in your career of choice. School floods students with a ton of information and proper study skills help to organize that information into manageable pieces. I don't believe study skills are the same for everyone. For instance, when I was in school I was told that doing homework in bed was a study no-no. The reasoning was that the student would become too comfortable and fall asleep. I can see the point, but studying in bed worked for me. If I had to sit in a chair at a desk, I wouldn't last long. Comfortably propped up in bed with my books all around me, I could study for hours. There are essential requirements for good study skills, but I believe that there is a lot of room for personalizing them to the students own style.
My goal would be to look at the study habits of the student to see where the weaknesses are; come to understand the student's study style, and then work on ways to correct the study problems in ways that work for that student.
After receiving my bachelor's degree in accounting in 1991, I began working in the public accounting arena and quickly became focused on federal and state tax preparation. I worked as a tax specialist for PricewaterhouseCoopers for a number of years and have also worked with several small CPA firms over the years. I have remained active and current in tax changes and generally obtain seasonal tax positions with a local firm to keep up-to-date and proficient in personal and business tax preparation.