CSU Dominguez Hills (Literature Philosophy)
CSU Dominguez Hills (Master's)
I was born and educated in England in the United Kingdom and like so many English people, I had a wanderlust - I wanted to see what other parts of the world were like - so in 1966 I came to California for one year and stayed for another forty plus years! I met my late husband in California and we married and we had one son, Thomas.
Later, I went back to England and taught at college and high school levels including GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in English Language and Literature, and Modern History, but in 1991 came back to California and continued teaching here. However, in 1995, my husband died of cancer and I went back to England ostensibly to take care of an elderly brother which also meant I had to leave my son here on his own. In 1999 I decided to come back to be with my boy and to continue teaching at Pepperdine University, the Ventura colleges, and when I moved to Orange County, at Fairmont Prep Academy in Anaheim.
I have enjoyed a rich and rewarding career in education including one-to-one tutoring which I enjoy because I can see how a student makes individual progress to build confidence. I retired from full-time teaching in June 2013 which was a mistake as I miss teaching. Last semester, August - December 2015, I taught a Freshman Composition course at Marymount California University at which time I was able to enjoy a return to the college where I began my career in 1986 so I came full circle. Tutoring will enable me to go on enjoying what I love to do but on a part-time basis and at a more personal level.
My forte is the teaching of writing which includes grammar, reading, and literature. I have a BA in Philosophy, a BA in Literature, and an MA in the teaching of English.
I "fell" into the teaching of art by way of Fairmont International Academy which has amalgamated with Fairmont Prep and I taught mainly painting. I did, however, study Art in England through St. Martin's School of Art (London) and various courses at Liverpool University (Dept. of Adult Learning).
Many people who are looking for a tutor need to build up their own self-confidence. I can remember needing help with esteem-building. So my approach to tutoring is to keep in mind constantly the fact that a young person may need to gain trust in a teacher and to enjoy small successes which usually lead to self-confidence. As a tutor, I am "on your side" and I understand some of the problems that modern school life can present. Together we can find strategies to make learning not only enjoyable but to build you up as an accomplished person. I was born and educated in England in the United Kingdom and like so many English people, I had a wanderlust - I wanted to see what other parts of the world were like - so in 1966 I came to California for one year and stayed for another forty plus years! I met my late husband in California and we married and we had one son, Thomas.
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I enjoyed the experience of teaching in a small Catholic elementary school in early 2000s and enjoyed particularly the younger children. I taught reading,writing, speaking, and math and I was good at it. I enjoy working with younger children as they are so eager to learn.
I taught ESL/ESOL at Fairmont Prep Academy for seven years. Before that, I taught ESL at Marymount College, and I have taught ESL in the UK at Scarisbrick Hall College (high school) in England where we used the Cambridge system so I have a varied background in the teaching of ESL. At Fairmont, most of my students came from China, Viet Nam, and Korea and many of them went on to the best US colleges. I taught all aspects of English Language Arts and Literature for thirty years then retired from full time teaching. I am very good at what I do.
I have a BA in Philosophy, a BA in Literature, and an MA in the teaching of English. I have taught Literature at all levels including elementary school and college. I copy edited a book about the poetry of Westminster Abbey for a friend, and write poetry.
I studied Art at El Camino College, California; I studied Art at Liverpool University for St. Martins College of Art, London, England; I studied Art at Southport College of Art and Technology,England, and I taught CP Art, Hons Art, Drawing, Advanced Painting (Oil and Watercolor) and an introduction to Art History at Fairmont Prep Academy, Anaheim. All of this took place over a lifetime from the 1960s to the present.
I was trained in England to work with people with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and other forms of learning challenges. I taught at Kingswood College at Scarisbrick Hall in the Learning Support Unit and gained vast experience in the different kinds of dyslexia.
I taught ESL and TOEFL at Fairmont Prep Academy for several years before I retired from full time teaching . I have also worked with adults to prepare them for the exam so I have some experience in this area.
I have a BA in Philosophy and BA in Literature and an MA in the Teaching of English and my forte is the teaching of writing especially formal, academic essays and research methods.