San Jose State University (SJSU) (Environmental Studies)
I have a B.S. Degree in Environmental Studies from SJSU. I graduated Cum Laude. I have minors in Chemistry and Political Science. I also have an A.S. Degree in Aircraft Mechanics from City College of San Francisco. I won a scholarship to Northrup University Aircraft Engineering Program. I was also offered a scholarship to pursue a teaching credential from San Jose Unified School District.
I worked 10 years as a substitute teacher. I worked the public school system, K-12. I worked individually with students and in groups to assist them across the academic spectrum. I also taught adults, working for the California Motorcycle Safety Program. I worked these individuals in the field and classroom, individually and in groups.
My approach to tutoring is to first listen and learn where the student needs help. I ask the student how he/she would like to approach learning the material. Would the student like to work on the activities assigned, have remedial activities administered, or a combination of both? Where would the student like to start? I consult both the students and parents.
l truly enjoy the profession of teaching. It is very rewarding. Seeing the expressions of joy on students' faces when they come to understand a subject, brings me great happiness and satisfaction. I feel very motivated to facilitate the success of students and all individuals.
For a very successful, fulfilling experience in learning, I encourage the use my services. I make success a priority, and I make learning a fun experience. I have a B.S. Degree in Environmental Studies from SJSU. I graduated Cum Laude. I have minors in Chemistry and Political Science. I also have an A.S. Degree in Aircraft Mechanics from City College of San Francisco. I won a scholarship to Northrup University Aircraft Engineering Program. I was also offered a scholarship to pursue a teaching
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During my 10 years working as a substitute teacher in the K-12 system, I worked extensively in Special Education Classes. Initially, I worked for 6 months under 2 different Master Special Education Teachers. Their classes were Special Day and consisted of a variety of learning disabled students, including those with ADD/ADHD. In one class, I was a one-to-one aide for a student who had Autism. She also had attention deficit issues.
I also have a son who is learning disabled. Part of the constellation of disabilities is ADD/ADHD. I have tutored him all the way through K-12 and am now helping him in College.
I studied the DSM thoroughly and have a good grasp of learning disabilities as they appear in the academic setting. I have applied measures to help these students repeatedly and have a good grasp not only from an academic standpoint but from an emotional standpoint on how to deal with them.
Sometimes repetition is important. Sometimes other methods of inputting the information is important, for instance, listening, watching, etc., rather than reading. With ADD/ADHD, short sessions, short periods on any particular subject, inputting with several modalities, such as sandpaper letters, videos, audio tapes, as well as interspersed alternative activities, such as some type of movement activity, can all be helpful. Above all patience, and perseverance are very important.
During my first 6 months of substitute teaching, I worked with two master teachers who taught grades K-3. I learned from these teachers not only how to teach math at those grade levels but all subjects. I assisted in lesson plan development, administration of lesson plans, and one-to-one assistance with several students. During the summer following the 6 months, I was the lead teacher for the students who were going from K-1 to 2-3. In the ensuing years, I worked with that age group often and learned more details and nuances in connecting with students in those grade levels.