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Queens College of the City University of New York (Political Science)
University of California at Los Angeles (Graduate Coursework)
I am a Credential Teacher with authorization to teach K-12 Basic Skills, English, ESL, and Social Studies. I completed my studies in Education at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and received my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Queens College of the City University of New York.
I have been teaching and tutoring students of all ages for over ten years. With each student, and in each subject I do my best to make the material relevant. I focus on the student's personal interests and learning style to create a meaningful learning experience.
I am an enthusiastic teacher, with a lot of life experience, dedicated to education that is meaningful and relevant. I feel that I have much to contribute to students in the community. I am a Credential Teacher with authorization to teach K-12 Basic Skills, English, ESL, and Social Studies. I completed my studies in Education at the University of
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As a K-6 Substitute Teacher for more than five years, I understand the subjects and students in the elementary school years. In addition, I have ten years experience tutoring students in that age bracket. My strength is adapting to student's needs. In English, reading, and writing, I find that selecting books and stories for their interests, increases their ability to connect with the material. Also, I enjoy working with the student to increase comprehension. I use tactile/kinesthetice activities: cut and paste, drawing, and I work with the students to create comics and poems about the characters and plot to make, and keep, learning fun and meaningful.
Other students may need learning tools or study skills to help them focus. I use rulers, pennies, toothpicks, and anything else to help students understand math concepts. I use color, and puzzles and games - for math, for geography, for English. In additon, I work with students to help them organize. If needed, I help them create folders, organize and separate papers and homework, and create a clock or calendar to help them understand time and due dates. It all helps them become independent and responsible.
For a retirement career, I went back to school to study Education to be able to fund world wide travel by teaching English. I had traveled extensively when I was young, but it was limited in my parenting years. In that pursuit, I attended the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) to complete ESL Education Program. I have done well in the program, earning a 3.85 GPA and an Preliminary Adult Teaching Credential. I completed all Level 1 requirements, and I will complete Level 2 requirements.
Currently I teach ESL and Business English at a private adult English Language school in Westwood, though in the past I have also taught other subjects. I taught a Computer Class for Older Adults as part of my teaching requirement, and I've done one-on-one tutoring in a number of different subject. For three years I taught an ESL Conversation Class in the Adult Literacy Program at the Los Angeles Public Library where I also tutored many students. I also taught an ESL Conversation for the Alhambra Unified School District, and in 2004, I taught a short-term EFL Class at Moscow State Forest University in Russia. As a tutor with Totally Tutored, I worked with two Engineers on assignment from Italy. I feel confident that I can help ESL students improve their speaking, written, comprehension, and verbal communication skills.