Western Illinois University (Education)
Western Illinois Univ (Graduate Coursework)
My undergraduate degree is in Agricultural Science (Natural Resource and Soils Conservation) with a minor in Geography from Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL. Before I entered WIU, I had earned all of my hours for a BA in Creative Arts (ceramics and sculpture) and Environmental Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield. After graduating from WIU, I attended Southern Illinois University as a teaching assistant in the Ag/Forestry Dept. I became more interested in teaching, then accepted a research assistantship in Special Education.
I completed all of the course requirements for my MS in Special Education and completed a year-long internship at Choate Developmental Center in Anna, IL where I also worked as a substitute teacher with students having both learning disabilities and severe emotional deficits. In the fall of 1991, I accepted a position as a permanent substitute teacher at Springfield Southeast High School in PS District #186.
I had a young daughter, financial responsibilities, and needed to work full time. Consequently, I did not compete my Master's thesis. I did complete the data collection and research portions and passed Inferential Statistics with an "A" grade. From 1992-1994 I was a the 7-12 Vocational Agriculture teacher at Plenty Coups High School in Pryor, MT on the Crow Indian Reservation. In 1996, I returned to Springfield, IL and worked in various teaching capacities as a substitute, a permanent sub in gifted education, a short term permanent position in adult ed, and various other special needs areas until approximately 2002. In 2006, I moved to Macomb, IL and took all the courses for an MS in Training Development in the Instructional Design and Technology Dept. I took Educational Statistics for research, again attaining an "A" grade.
Graduating Magna Cum Laude from WIU, I was on the Dean's list 4 consecutive semesters. I had a 3.9/4.0 GPA in grad school at SIU-Carbondale and maintained a 4.0 GPA in grad courses at WIU. My 2nd wife, who I married in 2009, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 and recently passed away. That tragic experience again cut my thesis research short due to financial and health care responsibilities. I'm a life-long member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honorary Fraternity, served on the Vocational Curriculum Committee in Bighorn County, MT. I had a 27 composite score on my ACT Exam coming out of high school and passed all of my basic skills tests for teaching certification in IL. Education has been a perennial endeavor, as I'm a firm believer in life-long, transformative learning. I am currently working towards my Ph.D. in EcoPsychology, specializing in Eco Art Therapy. This degree will be earned through Portland State University, Portland, OR; Project Nature Connect, San Juan Island, WA and Akamai University, HI.
I currently hold a Substitute Teaching License in the state of IL and applying for licensure in both Arkansas and Texas. After my wife's passing on 5/8/16, I relocated to a rural setting outside of Elkins, AR. My hobbies include art, bicycling, hiking, Nature photography, kayaking and, of course, reading. My primary belief is that education should be provided to as many persons as possible in the most beneficial settings and formats affordable. Those settings and formats should be totally dependent on learner styles and learner preferences, combined with instructor creativity. Those learner specific criteria aren't always or often met in many public education environs. I have tutored students of various, academic abilities and wide ranging cognitive and behavioral capacities. That's probably what I love most about tutoring is the ability to work with such a wide range of student ages, abilities and interests. Being able to custom fit a self designed individualized educational plan to every student, perform formative and summative evaluation of the materials and measure individual progress simultaneously becomes challenging but is extremely rewarding, in most cases. My special ed and instructional design/technology background has provided me the ability to achieve those objectives and goals quite effectively. A resume/CV, academic transcripts and references can and will be provided upon request. Lessons may be offered face to face, on line or in blended format.
If anyone is in need of not just a tutor, but a highly qualified instructional professional with the student' learning style, personal interests, and academic progress as focal elements, feel free to contact me - preferably by email. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org. My cell phone doesn't always work in the Lower Boston Mts. where I currently reside. If you would please leave a message with name, age of learner, subject area, email address and a phone number where you may be reached, I will contact you as soon as I receive the message. Thank you, Robert G. Marr My undergraduate degree is in Agricultural Science (Natural Resource and Soils Conservation) with a minor in Geography from Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL. Before I entered WIU, I had earned all of my hours for a BA in Creative Arts (ceramics and sculpture) and Environmental Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield. After
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