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University of New Haven, West Haven, CT
Sociology'Minor'Eng
University of San Diego School of Law
J.D.

Education

University of New Haven, West Haven, CT (Sociology'Minor'Eng)

University of San Diego School of Law (J.D.)

About Diana

I believe that you only get one chance to make a good first impression, and that people are capable of more than is expected of them. As an example, many drivers in the United States believe that they cannot learn how to drive a standard transmission car, and yet throughout the rest of the world such cars are the norm and automatic transmissions the rarity. Do I believe that entire populations of the world are smarter or more intelligent than Americans? No, I do not. I believe what is holding people back from realizing their full potential is their own limited and fearful expectations.

I am an attorney who has had the privilege of being involved in the rearing of many of my nieces. I have taught Head Start to young children. I enjoy animals and have trained and shown dogs and horses. I was a Docent at our local zoo and educated the public about many species of animals. I spent my teen-age years growing up in Germany and attending school in England. Thus, I was exposed to various cultures at a young age.
I believe that you only get one chance to make a good first impression, and that people are capable of more than is expected of them. As an example, many drivers in the United States believe that they cannot learn how to drive a standard transmission car, and yet throughout the rest of the world such cars are the norm and automatic transmissions Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Navarre, FL 32566
Background Check: Passed
Math:
Elementary Math,
Geometry
Science:
Psychology,
Sociology
Music:
Salsa Dancing
Art:
Salsa Dancing
Test Preparation:
Career Development, GED, GRE, LSAT, SAT Writing
Computer:
General Computer,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Word
Language:
French,
German,
Sign Language
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Business, Career Development, Finance, Financial Accounting, GRE, Law,
Managerial Accounting, Marketing, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word,
Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Salsa Dancing, Sewing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Elementary Math

Basic math, in addition to being a required school subject, is elementary to being able to keep track of your earnings and expenditures. Even when you have the use of a calculator, you still need to know the concepts of mathematics in order to correctly use a calculator.

Basic mathematics builds upon concrete building blocks and is a foundation skill for future independent living and also for higher mathematics. Many people have an aversion to math and also a fear of it. These feelings are unnecessary when a student is allowed to progress only after a complete understanding of the prior lessons. Knowledge and accomplishment in basic mathematics builds self confidence.

English

I minored in English during university and received straight A's in all English courses. After starting university mid-term and "acing" both an upper level creative writing class as well as an upper level literature class, I was waived from taking the freshman required English courses.

Prior to this college experience I went to a British boarding school and took "O" (ordinary) and "A" (advanced)Levels in English Literature.

I am a legal professional and as such I have researched, written, reviewed, and edited multiple legal documents, including appellate briefs. I have also reviewed multiple business documents provided in response to discovery requests in lawsuits. I also write fiction, prose and poetry. I am a member of a local writing group, as well as an attendee/ participant at numerous writing conferences.

My legal writing experience allows me to follow strict style constraints when necessary, while my fiction experience allows me to delve into more creative styles.

I enjoy language and love reading books. I believe books open up your world by taking you to exotic places, introducing you to people or characters you can love or hate, as well as exposing you to issues or thoughts that are provoking, stimulating, reassuring or downright scary.

French

I lived in Europe and learned French there from native French speakers. As a result, my accent is more correct than most teachers, which is always helpful if travel is on your agenda.

General Computer

Computers are here to stay. They are intended to make your life easier, in communicating with others and maintaining data. These objects are not realized if you are not knowledgeable of a computer's capacity and unable to utilize it fully.

I enjoy using a computer, as well as teaching others to expand their computing skills. I am knowledgeable of the normal computer programs, as well as having learned various proprietary programs.

German

As a pre-teen my parents moved to Germany for my father's job. I was so ignorant about foreign languages that I thought that after a time listening to German I would magically understand it.

As the family waited for hours in Tempelhof Airport while my father went through in-processing for his job, I would surreptitiously eavesdrop on the conversations that were taking place around me. I kept waiting for the magical moment when I would be able to understand German. Sadly, learning a language does not take place that way.

I attended a German high school for 4 years. Language education in Europe is based upon pragmatic principles, as countries are located in easy vacation distances. Emphasis in based upon learning practical language and correct pronunciation, so that native speakers will be able to understand you. Translation is a further skill to be taught.

Grammar

Grammar is the rules of the game when the name of the game is English reading or writing. Just as knowing the rules to baseball makes understanding and appreciating baseball more fun, knowing and understanding the rules of grammar not only makes you more understandable, it makes it easier for you to communicate. Correct grammar also increases the accuracy of your message.

An English professor wrote the words, “Woman without her man is nothing” on the blackboard and directed his students to punctuate it correctly.

The men wrote: “Woman, without her man, is nothing.”
The women wrote: “Woman: Without her, man is nothing.”

Same words, two diametrically opposed meanings.

Law

Many people think of the law as a static structure, which it is not. Each state has its own laws and they can be completely opposite from another state's laws. Federal laws apply across the country, but only to a limited number of subject matters. Except for Louisiana, which is based upon French Code, most of our laws are based upon English common law, concepts which colonists brought over with them when they settled in this new land.

We did not have a television growing up, so I loved going to my grandparents and watching Perry Mason reruns. After living and studying in Europe, I returned to the United States, attended college and went to law school in San Diego. I passed the California Bar on my first attempt (less than 45% passed, but a large number DID pass) and moved back to Connecticut where I took and passed the Connecticut Bar. I practiced mainly civil, transactional law (wills, trusts, closings, contracts, foreclosures) as well as representing children or their parents in neglect and abuse cases.

I moved to Florida to assist my sister in raising her children (she was in the military and needed to have a long-term care taker available in case she had to deploy quickly) and worked in Florida as a paralegal.

Microsoft Windows

I have been using a computer in office settings since before MS Windows was invented. There are usually three ways to everything in windows, by using a combination of keyboard strokes, or by using the mouse or an icon or drop down menu.

Understanding the basic principles behind the programming assists you in finding solutions. The computer was made to HELP you, not HINDER you, in whatever project you under take.

Effectiveness in using a computer will only ever help you personally or professionally.

Microsoft Word

I have used Microsoft Word for over 10 years. I can teach you how to use the mouse or the keyboard to create and edit your documents. Microsoft Word gives you the ability to change the font (character style), color, and style of your document to create a professionally appearing document. These documents can be used for letters, resumes, promotional materials, web pages, etc.

Proofreading

As a legal professional I have researched, written, reviewed, and edited multiple legal documents, including appellate briefs. I have also reviewed multiple business documents provided in response to discovery requests in lawsuits. I also write fiction, prose and poetry. I am a member of a local writing group, as well as an attendee/ participant at numerous writing conferences.

My legal writing experience allows me to follow strict style constraints when necessary, while my fiction experience allows me to delve into more creative styles.

I minored in English during university and received straight A's in all English courses. After starting mid-term and acing both an upper level creative writing class as well as a literature class, I was waived from taking the freshman required English courses.

Psychology

In college I minored in psychology. My major was sociology. I have always been interested in how individuals and groups react to various stimuli and situations.

I have personal experience with training animals, a side of psychology that is frequently overlooked, but important to understanding motivation and reward structures.

As a professional attorney I had to review psychological reports and treatment plans prepared on family members to determine how to proceed in each particular situation: whether or not to provide supportive and/or educational services to the parents/caretakers; whether or not to provide services for the children; and ultimately, what was in the best interest of the child.

Public Speaking

I am an attorney and have had to speak in public on innumerable occasions. As I am naturally shy, I believe that I can understand an individual's reluctance to speak in public, as well as provide helpful insights to make the process easier.

Reading

I love to read and find it both a way to get out one's normal, everyday existence by exploring new places, as well as a way to connect with humanity on an emotional level through a variety of stories. Language is the manner in which we interact with each other, stories are the method in which we share this interaction, and reading in the means in which we connect to these stories.

SAT Writing

I minored in English during university and received straight A's in all English courses. After starting university mid-term and "acing" both an upper level creative writing class as well as an upper level literature class, I was waived from taking the freshman required English courses.

Test taking involves knowledge of the subject matter as well as test taking skills.

Sewing

I learned to sew by using scraps of fabric left over by clothing my mother made and making them into Barbie doll clothes. I graduated from hand sewing, which included some embroidery, to using a sewing machine. I have made my own clothes, including shirts, slacks, skirts and dresses, as well as suits and a woolen, winter over coat. In sewing for others I have made a christening gown, jacket, and bonnet with hand sewn lace panels. I have also made some lap size quilts.

Sociology

My undergraduate degree (BA) was is sociology from the University of New Haven, West Haven, Connecticut. I was an honors scholar in sociology and did a research study and thesis for my senior project. I was on the Dean's list, which required a GPA of greater than 3.2, every semester of my college career. My ending GPA was 3.63, which included a minor in English and Psychology.

Subsequent to my sociology degree I went to law school and obtained a J.D.

Study Skills

As a professional (attorney) I have had to study at every level of my formal education, as well as continuing having to become educated on new areas of the law. I believe that people have different strengths while learning and study skills should be flexible to take into consideration individual strengths and weaknesses.

Writing

I minored in English during university and received straight A's in all English courses. After starting university mid-term and "acing" both an upper level creative writing class as well as an upper level literature class, I was waived from taking the freshman required English courses.

I am a legal professional and as such I have researched, written, reviewed, and edited multiple legal documents, including appellate briefs. I have also reviewed multiple business documents provided in response to discovery requests in lawsuits. I also write fiction, prose and poetry. I am a member of a local writing group, as well as an attendee/ participant at numerous writing conferences.

My legal writing experience allows me to follow strict style constraints when necessary, while my fiction experience allows me to delve into more creative styles.

I enjoy language and love reading books. I believe books open up your world by taking you to exotic places, introducing you to people or characters you can love or hate, as well as exposing you to issues or thoughts that as provoking, stimulating, reassuring or downright scary.

University of New Haven, West Haven, CT
Sociology'Minor'Eng
University of San Diego School of Law
J.D.

Education

University of New Haven, West Haven, CT (Sociology'Minor'Eng)

University of San Diego School of Law (J.D.)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Diana will travel within 30 miles of Navarre, FL 32566.