I taught two classes of Algebra 2 for a semester of student teaching.
I was raised Catholic but became a Christian in 2009 when I realized the difference between religion and relationship with Christ. I was a member of Greek Intervarsity Christian Fellowship on Central Michigan University's campus. Greek IV provided support for sorority women and fraternity men to live out their Christianity while in the Greek Life System. I lead my sorority Bible Study for 3 years, seeing several sisters renew their faith or come to know Jesus for the first time. I have attended Christian conferences in both Indianapolis and Northern Michigan. I have a Christian mentor and continue grow in my faith and relationship with the Lord, no matter where I am living.
Although I am secondary certified, I have experience homeschooling students at the 4th and 5th grade level.
In high school I took AP English literature and received a score of 3 on the AP Test. I also have a TESOL Certificate and have experience teaching the English Language to non-native speakers.
In the fall of 2011, I traveled to Thailand for six months where I taught English Conversation: Speaking and Listening. I had thirteen classes of 6th grade students and twelve classes of 12th grade students, with about forty students per class. I also have experience teaching and tutoring elementary Korean students in English. Foreign language experiences include Japanese, German, Thai, Spanish and ASL!
In the spring of 2011 I taught two classes of Advanced Geometry.
I have twelve years of Japanese language experience having learned it from 1st grade through 12th grade! In 2004 I traveled to Kyoto and Osaka Japan for a Spring Break trip with my high schools ukulele choir. In college, I tested into the highest level of Japanese and received "retro" credits for all of the proceeding Japanese classes. Although I have been out of formal practice for some time, I believe I will be able to pick it back up quickly!
In high school, we were expected to use Powerpoint frequently and so I become efficient in using the software. I continued my use and exposure to Powerpoint through college and I frequently use Powerpoint in teaching classes, giving presentations and studying for tests.
In high school, all students were issued laptop computers and all assignments were completed in Word documents. Through out college papers were assigned frequently that also required the use of Word. I use word daily to prepare for lessons, write lesson plans, create tests, worksheets, and lesson materials, journal, write notes, letters, and lists, and create poster and flyers for upcoming events.
As a tutor, I've deviated from the direct topic (usually math) when my students have a chapter test or exam approaching. We use flashcards to record formulas and key points of each chapter and sometimes I have my students create their own charts and "chapter reviews". I encourage them to identify the most important elements of the chapter and fit them on one index card, then half, then less.
I have used similar exercises with my ESL students and I make sure they take full advantage of the charts and tables included in the text. Sometimes, students don't even realize they have the information right in their own textbooks, particularly in the appendix. I encourage highlighters, bullet pointed lists, and reiterating topics in one's own words. I've also prepped students for the ACT and Praxis using these study skills.
I have been swimming my entire life and because I grew up with a pool in my backyard, my parents made sure I was a strong swimmer from a young age. I took classes at the YMCA and swam for my high school my junior year. I also participated in a week-long course that ended with my certification as a Junior Life Guard.
I received a TESOL certificate from the American TESOL Institute after completing three weeks of training in Phuket, Thailand and four months of teaching in PakChong, Thailand. I was placed and worked through the teaching agency MediaKids.
In spring of 2011, I taught two classes of Functions, Stats, Trig.
I played volleyball for my high school from my sophomore - senior year. I tried out and was accepted onto two different club volleyball teams, with whom I traveled to Hawaiian Islands, Vegas and Reno for competitions. I was offered a spot on the Randolph-Macon College team. I played middle blocker. In college I played for my sorority's inter-mural team.