Prescott College (double major) (Biology)
Prescott College, AZ (Enrolled)
I love to teach and to help students find joy in learning. I strive to encounter each student with an appreciation of them as a capable human being. My teaching reflects a belief in engaging the whole person and finding the ways that help each student to be successful. My many years of teaching, first in a classroom and then outdoors, have provided me with many techniques, methods and strategies for teaching. I find ways to make the subjects relevant and applicable to students' lives, with an element of fun and laughter included. My past job titles have included classroom teacher, National Park Service ranger, educational consultant/teacher, Naturalist, program coordinator, Eco-tour guide, Outdoor School site supervisor, and Nature Center director.
I am currently a graduate student, and was recently a graduate teaching assistant in environmental education and ecology classes. I am involved with the learning process myself, and understand the frustration which sometimes arises from trying to learn new material. As part of my studies, I became fascinated with how the brain works and how people learn which I apply to both my teaching and my own learning. I have past experience in working with children in many different capacities, as teacher, tutor, program creator and director and curriculum writer. I love a child's energy, wit and enthusiasm. I also enjoy high school and college aged students tremendously where the learning process unfolds and grows as a respectful, professional relationship develops.
My tutoring methods are based first on discovering the predominant learning styles of each student and how each student approaches learning. I am not afraid to be creative and "outside the box" in finding ways to help each student master the necessary material. Where appropriate, I use concrete examples for abstract concepts, with students actively engaging with the subject. I strive to give students the opportunities to identify some barriers to learning they might have and together work to minimize the obstacles and make use of the strengths each student brings to the session. Patience, support, encouragement and positive attitude are present in abundance and provide a solid foundation to engage the student in his/her learning.
I love to teach and to help students find joy in learning. I strive to encounter each student with an appreciation of them as a capable human being. My teaching reflects a belief in engaging the whole person and finding the ways that help each student to be successful. My many years of teaching, first in a classroom and then outdoors, have
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