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I worked in group insurance for 27 years before my company and I parted ways in 2009. I have been struggling to find full time work since then, but I have taken 27 credits at the graduate level at Westfield State University with the goal of obtaining initial certification to teach in Massachusetts. I have an accumulated GPA of 4.0. This includes courses in Students with Exceptional Learning Needs, and Multi-Cultural Education. I have passed two MTEL exams, and obtained preliminary certification to teach in Massachusetts at the Middle School level. I can also teach math, certainly through the elementary school level, and I anticipate obtaining certification specific to math through the middle school level. My experience in education includes substituting, observing, and some volunteer tutoring with Action Centered Tutoring Services (a Christian organization) in Springfield, MA. One of my references is a site director with that organization.
I have the patience to restate a concept in different ways, however many times it takes in order for a student to grasp it. I will work with a student in the ways that best match the ways in which they learn such as visual, auditory, or "hands on". My goal is always to help them to find the answers for themselves as opposed to giving them the right answers. The learning and thinking skills are always more important than the content itself. My students will master analytical thinking, critical thinking, synthetic thinking, and creative problem solving. They will become adept at written and oral expression. You and your child will find me to be a compassionate, and understanding person who continually challenges his students to excel. I worked in group insurance for 27 years before my company and I parted ways in 2009. I have been struggling to find full time work since then, but I have taken 27 credits at the graduate level at Westfield State University with the goal of obtaining initial certification to teach in Massachusetts. I have an accumulated GPA of 4.0. This includes
I have earned preliminary certification to teach Humanities at the Middle School level in Massachusetts. MTEL has told me that I can be hired in Massachusetts to teach any academic subject (ELA, Math, Social Studies or Science) in Grades 5 - 8. Please consider me for Elementary Education if your student is in 5th Grade or 6th Grade.
I began playing piano at the age of five. I am good enough to play professionally, as I have played "out" at various times during my life. I am also called upon as a substitute organist at my church from time to time. My method is primarily "playing by ear", so I would likely be working with the student on "trial and error" with early focus on scales and chords. However, I am also familiar with recognized music theory, and I can teach that way as well.