My life experience proves that all things are possible with faith, persistence and a desire to be more than anyone thought possible. I want to give back to students what I've found in working with and overcoming obstacles. Learning isn't always easy, but it is well worth the effort. Some of us, including myself, need more time and patience to learn for information to be understood and applied. Because I've been there, I can transfer and apply my knowledge and expertise to others. Over the course of my life, I've worked with people from young to old at every spectrum of disability and personality.
My experience includes childcare where I implemented learning strategies and experiences into my care. I've worked with children with learning and behavioral disabilities along with my own 2 children. Over many years, I've helped my friends' children with their homework. I also taught missions education for school age children for 3.5 years and now teach Adult Sunday School for about 2 years now. For 3 years I helped care for a child who needed assistance with physical and occupational therapy. Even my youth years were spent in volunteer recreational activities with the elderly since my mom worked at a nursing home. Since both my boys have behavioral and learning disabilities, I'm experienced in understanding I.E.P.'s. I've done a lot of research into learning techniques so that I can teach my children and myself as well. I've had college classes in Child Development, Infant and Toddler Development, and just completed Supporting Students with Disabilities class.
I also like to add I have 15 years of clerical and secretarial experience. Positions include: hotel sales-marketing; non-profit-field staff support; medical-administrative, publishing and media; tax preparation-assistant; grocery-cashier, customer service; government-receptionist, census enumerator. All this expertise in office skills and abilities I can share with others who need help in those areas.
Every person is created different, which enables them to learn differently; also because of that every individual needs to be considered when learning. It is my experience that educators don't always take that into consideration. As a tutor, I consider each person's ability and work with them where they are at. I also set expectations. I believe that people need to be empowered. They need to know they can do what they set out to do; although that may not always be in the same way that others do it, the destination or goals will be reached. I refuse to allow anyone to think they can't do it, because many times growing up, I was told I wouldn't amount to much or not to expect much. God taught me better. He showed His vision and purpose. With Him all things are possible. He's taught me to never give up and keep pressing on toward the goal. I will in turn help students gain a vision for their learning and help them press toward that goal.
When I assist in learning. I will get to know the student and or the family, the curriculum, their needs and abilities, and their environment. This all plays crucial roles in learning. I want students and families to be honest and open to express their concerns. I'll set up a tutoring plan right away that includes goals, expectations, and incentives. I expect accountability for myself as well as the student and family. Feedback is important to me as the reason I'm tutoring is to help the student learn.
This summer, I'd love the opportunity to work with as many students as possible. In the fall, I start at Stout University in Menomonie where I will major in Vocational Rehabilitation.
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