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Diana S.

Kingman, AZ

$30/hour

English Comp/Literature and Developmental Reading and Writing Tutor

Background check passed as of 7/30/16

$30/Hour


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BA Liberal Arts: English, California State University San Bernardino
English
MA Education
Master's
PhD Education
Graduate Coursework

Education

BA Liberal Arts: English, California State University San Bernardino (English)

MA Education (Master's)

PhD Education (Graduate Coursework)

About Diana

Student success is my business. There is no better feeling than to watch students succeed while working to complete their education and career goals. With that noted, I have taught college-level English courses, developmental reading and writing, journalism, and technical writing courses since 2003; furthermore, I have tutored writing across the curriculum since 1989. My purpose is to facilitate learning, and my passion is to help students achieve.
My education is extensive and correlates with my work as a college English instructor and as a highly qualified college-level English tutor. I earned a BA degree in Liberal Studies: English. My MA degree was in Education: Instructional Technology. I completed both degrees through California State University San Bernardino. I have also completed all of my PhD coursework except for the dissertation in Education: Community College Leadership through Walden University and served my practicum under College of the Desert's Dean of Off-Campus Programs. Furthermore, I earned 12 additional graduate units in Education: Reading. My successes in higher education have led me through an interesting journey of interesting career opportunities in which I am pleased to have the opportunity to share with you.
In 2003, I was hired by Copper Mountain College (CMC) to teach English Composition, News Writing, Technical Writing and Developmental English and Reading. I have taught one to three courses per semester until May 2011. I design my courses and learning activities from a learning-centered perspective so that my students learn to share accountability along with their instructors and class members. I also founded Copper Mountain College's online student-led newspaper, "The Coyote Informer," which was approved by the Board of Directors in 2009. Furthermore, during my time teaching at Copper Mountain College and College of the Desert, I participated in the development of new courses and created Course Outlines of Record. I also participated in the development of student learning outcomes based on state requirements.
In August 2005, College of the Desert hired me as the Eastern Valley Campus Tutoring and Academic Skills Center (EVC/ASC) Lead Lab Liaison/Instructor on Record. The EVC/ASC was a learning lab that included 38 computers which are loaded with computer-assisted learning programs for reading, writing, math, English Second Language (ESL) programs. We also provided a Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) station that included adaptive learning programs, such as Kurzweil 3000 assistive technology for students with dyslexia, and Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional Version (Dragon Pro) voice recognition program.
My position as Lead Lab Liaison/Instructor required a variety of competencies, including: a clear understanding of professional ethics and integrity; excellent customer service skills when serving students, faculty members, administrators, and the public and the training and supervision of tutors, lab liaisons, student workers and instructional support assistants. I also pride myself in outstanding oral and written communication skills and self-motivated action-oriented problem solving skills. Thus, my workload entailed regular orientations, one-on-one and classroom instruction.
In 2009, College of the Desert offered me the additional opportunity to teach developmental reading and English courses at the new Mecca/Thermal (MTC) campus. Since then, I also taught English Composition and English Literature at College of the Desert’s Eastern Valley Center, the Palm Desert campus, and new Indio Campus. I taught these courses at all three campuses from 2009 until 2015.
Just recently, Mohave Community College hired me to teach developmental writing courses at the Bullhead City campus. Students are placed into this level of English after taking the placement tests. The course is designed to prepare students for college-level writing and research writing across the curriculum.
I also have had many years of experience in the workforce; thus, I know first-hand the importance of good writing skills at most levels of employment. Furthermore, prior to becoming a college instructor, my skills as a professional writer have been wide-spread. While employed as program director for Cathedral City Senior Center, I designed and implemented program activities, and promoted the programs via advertising and column writing for various newspapers and television advertisements. I was also actively involved in grant writing and budgeting.
After leaving the center, I created the community publication, titled, "The Joshua Tree Times." As publisher and editor of this publication, my days were consumed by administrative activities along with the daily routine that involved graphic design, writing, editing, photography, advertising sales, budgeting, community involvement and customer service activities.
Four years after I launched the Joshua Tree Times, I sold the publication to Bremm Communications, a large publishing company. Hi Desert Publishing Company was assigned the publication where I was contracted as editor for one year thereafter. After completing the contract, I worked as a staff writer and photographer for News West Publishing Company in Bullhead City, best known as The Mohave Valley Daily News, which included community newspapers in Laughlin, and Needles. One year later, I was invited by the Ramada Express Hotel and Casino in Laughlin to work as a creative copy writer where I was employed for the next few years.
I view my work as an English and reading tutor as an opportunity to employ my educational successes, employment experiences, and my passion towards student success and life-long learning. Thank you for the opportunity to assist you or your child’s educational needs.
Student success is my business. There is no better feeling than to watch students succeed while working to complete their education and career goals. With that noted, I have taught college-level English courses, developmental Read more

Policies
Cancellation
5 hours notice required

Groups of three is $50 per hour. Students must be working on the same assignment.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Kingman, AZ 86409
Background Check: Passed
English:
ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, SAT Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Dreamweaver

I have earned a masters degree in Education: Instructional Technology. Throughout the program, I learned hands-on skills in Dreamweaver and a number of other software programs that focus on web design. I graduated with a 3.97 GPA.

Microsoft Outlook

I utilize Microsoft Outlook on a daily basis while employed at the College of the Desert's Eastern Valley Center's Tutoring and Academic Skills Center (EVC/TASC). I utilize Outlook for email, both one-on-one and for listservs. I also utilize Outlook for updating my calendar, and for updating the off-campus programs' websites.

Microsoft Publisher

While acting as publisher and editor of my publication, I utilized Microsoft Publisher for a number of purposes. Publisher is a useful product for developing advertisements and other public relations and advertising tools. I created our webpage in Microsoft Publisher. I also utilized Publisher to create flyers, postcards, and brochures. Furthermore, before College of the Desert switched to Outlook for web design and email purposes, I used to utilize Microsoft Publisher to create and update the off-campus programs' website.

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows is an operating system that has dominated the personal computer market since 1985. Since then, Microsoft Windows has become more and more user-friendly and the interface shell that supports graphic design has improved significantly. Thus, the majority of home and office computers that people utilize most often, including myself, are designed specifically for Microsoft Windows. Both colleges where I have been employed for over ten years (Copper Mountain College and College of the Desert) utilize Microsoft Windows for just about every purpose. In fact, after I sold my publication to a large newspaper publisher, as much as I love the Mac for graphic design, Microsoft Windows is most compatible with learning management systems, data bases, and computer-assisted learning programs. The colleges are still utilizing Microsoft Windows 7, in which I utilize on a daily basis.

Web Design

I have earned a masters degree in Education: Instructional Technology. Throughout this program, I learned web design. I have utilized Dreamweaver, Publisher, and Outlook to design and update web pages while going to my masters program and while employed.

BA Liberal Arts: English, California State University San Bernardino
English
MA Education
Master's
PhD Education
Graduate Coursework

Education

BA Liberal Arts: English, California State University San Bernardino (English)

MA Education (Master's)

PhD Education (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Groups of three is $50 per hour. Students must be working on the same assignment.

Travel policy

Diana will travel within 30 miles of Kingman, AZ 86409.