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The U of Texas at Austin (Microbiology)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Other)
Sierra Nevada College-Teacher Education (Graduate Coursework)
I have had several "careers" in my life, but my favorite one was teaching 4th graders for four years in Las Vegas. Most of my students were ESL students. I also did substitute work for a year and was an AVID tutor in Las Vegas high schools working with juniors and seniors on college prep work. I enjoy working with young people who are really interested in learning and are open to new ideas and methods to expand their knowledge and skills.
For the past two years, I have been teaching in a local School District. I taught math in middle school to "newcomer" students who are new to the U.S. from different countries and have limited English skills and proficiency, as well as different academic backgrounds. I teach them math as well as English vocabulary and language.
Besides having 30 graduate credits in education from Sierra Nevada College, I also have a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master's in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Most of my life, I have worked in science and medicine, and I have publications in those areas. I have even worked in a pharmaceutical company.
I had many wonderful mentors/teachers in my younger days as I started my career, and later, I enjoyed teaching visiting scientists and new workers to our research labs. When I finally retired from my science work, I decided I wanted to work as a teacher with kids and young adults, especially those who were motivated to learn but struggled with some subjects and concepts. I love to see kids "get it" when I have done a good job guiding and teaching a difficult point.
Because of all of my experience with adults and children, and my own academic background, I think I can be helpful with many subjects and age groups. I have had several "careers" in my life, but my favorite one was teaching 4th graders for four years in Las Vegas. Most of my students were ESL students. I also did substitute work for a year and was an AVID tutor in Las Vegas high schools working with juniors and seniors on college prep work. I
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I have taken over 30 hours of graduate elementary education courses and have taught in the Clark County School District for 4 years as a full-time general education teacher at the 4th grade level. I also was a substitute teacher for 1 year teaching all elementary grade levels.
I grew up speaking Spanish and studied it academically in high school. I also studied Latin and French, which are related to Spanish. I have traveled in Spain and Mexico and was able to use my Spanish extensively. As a teacher for the past 4 years, I have frequently conversed with many of my students' parents who spoke only Spanish. I would love to help your student.
As a 4th grade teacher for 4 years, I have taught students the fundamentals of grammar and writing. This has included skills and practice in voice, organization, ideas, and conventions; which are all essential to good writing (and also public speaking). These skills apply to any grade level.
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