University of Tennessee, Knoxville (English)
University of Tennessee College of Law (J.D.)
National-Louis University (MEd)
Hello Scholars and Parents:
My name is Trenny and I am invested in furthering your education and making your life easier. I am the mother of two young girls and I have been happily married for 21 years. I have practiced law in Tennessee and I have taught Middle School in Pinellas County and at a private Montessori school. I decided to teach because I did not enjoy the adversarial nature of practicing law. I am an excellent writer and I have a diverse knowledge of many subjects because I consider myself a life-long learner. I read at least two books a week and I study the Bible in a women's group at a very nice church.
I am well-versed in subjects that require lots of critical analysis like law and literature, philosophy and religion, psychology and sociology, history and education. I am a firm believer in the idea that you must understand yourself before you can understand others and that exploring your talents and interests is vital to choosing a path for your life's work. I like to help my students discover their unique temperaments, learning styles and dispositions. I believe that if you can uncover your strengths and maximize them, as well as learn how to minimize your weaknesses, you will be more prepared to excel in your career of choice. I like to encourage my students to journal about their hopes and dreams, to collect inspirational quotes and develop interpersonal skills that will serve them well in any field they choose to pursue.
I look forward to spending time with you and I can't wait to help you achieve your goals as a student. I am passionate about helping young people. It is my life's work and calling to encourage you to be the person God made you to be. It will be my honor to be invited into your life.
Trenny Hello Scholars and Parents:
My name is Trenny and I am invested in furthering your education and making your life easier. I am the mother of two young girls and I have been happily married for 21 years. I have practiced law in Tennessee and I have taught Middle School in Pinellas County and at a private Montessori school. I decided to
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After I graduated from College and Law School, I found myself in a bit of an existential crisis and I began to read about many different religions to search for answers. As I explored various religious texts and belief systems, I found myself more and more drawn to the Bible as the world view for me. I soon began attending a Bible Study Fellowhip (BSF) course and completed five (Genesis, Exodus, Matthew, John, and Romans) of the seven year-long studies. I actually would love to go back again and complete the two I missed (Israel and the Minor Prophets and Revelations) and bring my children with me this time. Unfortunately, I had to stop the BSF classes when I had children because it was a serious Bible Study with lots of homework and I needed to focus my energy on taking care of my daughters. However, I joined another Bible Study called Women in the Word that had child care and an amazing leader as well as many faithful and loving women. I have been in that group for the past seven years and I am so astounded at how much I learn about the Bible each week of the studies. We have homework each week as well and so far, we have completed studies about Psalms, James, Daniel, Nathaniel, Joshua, Ephesians, Galatians, and many others that I just cannot recall at this very moment. In addition to all of these organized studies, I study at home on my own. I love reading about apologetics and some of my favorite Christian authors include Ravi Zacharius, Lee Strobel, William Lane Craig, Charles Swindoll, David Jeremiah, James Dobson, and Billy Graham. I love reading the Bible to gain knowledge and to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I would be so honored to be allowed to tutor students about God's word and the history of His people. Thank you.
As a student myself, I have successfully been admitted into the University of Tennessee where I completed my B.A. in English Literature. While I was an undergraduate student, I worked in the College of Arts and Sciences as a Student Advisor and helped countless students plan their academic careers and helped them write essays and complete applications for graduate schools. I also successfully completed my own graduate school applications for the University of Tennessee College of Law, where I graduated in 1995. I also completed applications to be admitted to a Master's of Education program at National-Louis University, where I graduated in 2003. I am an exceptionally gifted writer and I enjoy helping students achieve their academic dreams. I am an avid researcher and I have read many books about how to use successful strategies to improve a student's chances for acceptance at the university of his/her choice. I am also a grant writer and know how to analyze applications and submit winning responses. I know that my legal training as well as my writing talents have assisted me as I have applied for and won many grants.
I have been an attorney in the past, and worked extensively in the field as a Criminal Defense lawyer. I also taught a course to police officers in Constitutional Law at a Community College in Tennessee. Additionally, I continue to advise clients in Tennessee as they prepare to testify for trial on occasion when my old law firm needs me to help.
I have a B.A. in English Literature, a J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law and I have a Master's in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis University. I have taught Middle School in Pinellas County and I have also taught Middle School students at a Montessori school. I enjoy students of all ages and feel very qualified to help elementary students in any subject that they may struggle with. In my free time, I find myself reading about Education and Pedagogy and some of my favorite authors are Alfie Kohn, Nell Noddings, Howard Gardner, and Mel Levine. I would enjoy any opportunity to work with children of this age. Thank you.
I have been an attorney in the past, and learned how to speak in public in law school on a regular basis. I was a member of a Mock Trial team during high school and law school. I coached a high school Mock Trial team as well. I also took a class in Public Speaking in college and a course in Interpersonal Communication. Today, I am active in volunteering at my children's school and I am called upon to speak in that capacity on many occasions.
As a successful scholar myself, I learned to keep myself organized as I juggled many subjects in college, law school, and graduate school. I learned how I needed to study to be successful, but I also realize that studying is not a "one size fits all" proposition. I have done extensive research about how people learn differently and need to become advocates for themselves in getting their needs met in every classroom. I believe that each of us must discover our own learning dispositions and study preferences to help us become successful scholars.
I have also been a Middle School teacher and have helped many students learn how to study in a way that works for them. I like to give my students temperament tests to help them discover their own unique characteristics so that they can better understand their own needs. I also like to teach students about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Test and encourage them to take it so that they can develop a deeper understanding of themselves and how they interact with the world. I think it is invaluable information to have as a young person learning to navigate the immense sea of opportunities before them.
I would call myself an expert writer because I am both gifted in the subject and incredibly well-versed with grammar rules. As an attorney, I wrote almost every day and as a teacher, I taught writing to a Journalism class and to Literature classes. I love the process of writing and teaching others that it is pertinent to good writing to be willing to edit over and over again. The best piece I have ever produced would be my thesis for my Master's in Education degree entitled, "Lamentations and Observations of a Disillusioned Law Student." It was a critique of legal education as a pedagogical system and I am told by all who read it that it is very good writing.