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Sharon K.

Decatur, GA

$20/hour

Retired college professor specializing in older adult basic ed.

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$20/Hour


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West Chester State University
Music Education
Georgia State University
PhD

Education

West Chester State University (Music Education)

Georgia State University (PhD)

About Sharon

As a long-time advocate for the rights of older adults, I sought a career in which I could help improve quality of life for older individuals, especially adult literacy. I am a retired university professor with a PhD in sociology and gerontology (the study of aging). I have 13 years experience teaching at the college level. Prior to my university career, I worked in public aging services, including senior public housing and senior job training programs. I have published numerous academic articles about older adults and aging. I'm also a creative writer who has published two inspirational books for women 50 years and older.

I am recently certified in the Laubach Reading and Writing Method for adults who need to improve their basic education, including reading, writing, and math. My years in the fields of sociology and gerontology and my work in public aging services programs give me both an academic and practical knowledge of working with older adults. I currently tutor one older learner who reads at a 6th grade level and hopes to pass the GED exam.

My academic and public sector experience in the field of aging has given me a unique sensitivity to the special needs of older adults who need to improve their basic education. Older persons who may not have completed their schooling or have low literacy skills may feel shame and embarrassment about their inability to read and write the way they would like. Older adults require patience and understanding to reach their basic education goals. The Laubach methodology of adult basic education, in which I am certified, was developed specifically for use with adults. The Laubach method provides excellent basic education skill development instruction, without demeaning or talking down to older adult learners.

If you or a member of your family is in need of adult basic education instruction, I encourage you to contact me to discuss your special needs and learn more about Laubach adult basic education lessons. I am generally available for tutoring in the afternoons, evenings, and on weekends. I charge a reasonable rate of $20 an hour to accommodate older learners on a fixed income.

I look forward to helping you improve your literacy skills and your overall life satisfaction.
As a long-time advocate for the rights of older adults, I sought a career in which I could help improve quality of life for older individuals, especially adult literacy. I am a retired university professor with a PhD in sociology and gerontology (the study of aging). I have 13 years Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Decatur, GA 30033
In-person lessons
Special Needs:
Special Needs

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Special Needs

I have a PhD in sociology/gerontology and over 15 years experience in the field of aging and working with the special needs of older adults. After retiring from my academic career, I worked for two years with a state agency helping older low literate adults receive job training and find employment. I am certified in the Laubach teaching methods and techniques for adult reading and writing. I completed my certification training April 30, 2016. I currently tutor one older adult learner.

West Chester State University
Music Education
Georgia State University
PhD

Education

West Chester State University (Music Education)

Georgia State University (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $20.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sharon will travel within 5 miles of Decatur, GA 30033.