University of Northern Colorado (Foreign Languages)
Emporia State University (Master's)
Though I'm not currently teaching, I came to realize I've really been a teacher all my life. In every career I've had, I've wound up teaching something--English, French, German, accounting, business basics, letter writing, and so on. I thought about teaching Japanese students English via Skype, but I actually do better in one-on-ones.
Over the years, I have become acquainted with a number of college students, as well as foreign citizens, for whose cultures I have developed a deep respect. As I grow and learn about each of these, I become an ever stronger teacher. While teaching, I taught junior high French I and French II, as well as teaching the same two courses in high school.
I feel that I am innovative; using songs, literature, and such to teach the languages I so love. When I taught third-year German in high school years ago, I had the personal pleasure of teaching a young man who graduated as high school valedictorian with a paid 5 year stipend to a PhD at NASA. I believe he is the closest thing to a genius I have ever had the personal experience of encountering and teaching.
Though English was only my minor in college, I have had the distinct pleasure of helping a number of foreign students over the years with their English; spoken as well as written. I always seem to be able to touch the pulse of what 's going on in the hearts and minds of my students. When presented with problems, I seek solutions. That is my goal with each student; to empower them to be more effective in today's highly competitive, global world.
My graduate degree program specifically prepared me to understand the problems of the learners of the languages in which I specialized.
It helped me to know for example exactly where the tip of the tongue needs to be placed to make certain sounds. As an undergraduate, I had already determined that I should work in the field directly before proceeding on with my graduate degree, so I could enter that program seeking answers to specific problems I had discovered in my earlier teaching work. I found that approach to be very effective, as I feel it made me a far better teacher than I might otherwise have been.
Above, I referred to having taught in virtually every career I've held in my lifetime. With about 50 years of customer service experience, at 7-11 Inc., I even taught store managers and mid-level managers how to do the store books. In my 28-year hotel career, I taught a number of hotel relief auditors how to do the hotel's books.
So, students, if you're interested in working with a teacher who believes in making learning fun, I invite you to contact me. Learning doesn't have to be a drudge! Thank you! Though I'm not currently teaching, I came to realize I've really been a teacher all my life. In every career I've had, I've wound up teaching something--English, French, German, accounting, business basics, letter writing, and so on. I thought about teaching Japanese students English via Skype, but I actually do better in one-on-ones.
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