Sonoma State University (B.A. Liberal Studies)
Dominican College, San Rafael, CA (Graduate Coursework)
I started out as a substitute teacher at Willits High School in the 90's. I loved teaching, especially English, Spanish, science and math, and so returned to college for a credential, then taught for 14 years with the Mendocino County Office of Education.
ALL subjects interest me, and I am particularly adept at reaching students of all ages who think they can't understand math. My approach is a little different.
Realizing that there are many many paths to learning a subject, I listen carefully, help students identify their own strengths, and teach to their particular style. I teach the person, not the subject.
This approach works; tests scores and graduation rates have been consistently higher than average in all my classrooms. It is called reciprocal teaching because it is a two-way agreement where "teacher" and "student" learn from each other.
I spent three years with the California Reading and Literacy Project and two years with the Redwood Writing Project, learning to be "a guide on the side, not the sage on the stage." Through five years attending conferences and hands-on workshops for math teachers I gained many different ways of teaching the symbolic language known as math. Even after six years of tutoring math, I am still learning.
Math is very satisfying because though there may be a million different ways to approach the problem, there is but one solution. Everyone agrees about the answer no matter how you get there.
Reading and writing are very personal. In the process of reading or writing we often realize things we may not have been conscious of about ourselves. It is this process of discovery and interaction that helps us grow in understanding our unique life experience.
Math can be such a challenge, writing a difficult struggle. Though officially retired, I continue tutoring for pleasure. I get a charge from being there when the light goes on and someone has that eureka moment of "getting" something they have struggled with. I started out as a substitute teacher at Willits High School in the 90's. I loved teaching, especially English, Spanish, science and math, and so returned to college for a credential, then taught for 14 years with the Mendocino County Office of Education.
ALL subjects interest me, and I am particularly adept at reaching students of all
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