The College of Idaho (Education)
City University (MEd)
Teaching in the Public Schools
I am an experienced teacher that has taught in the public schools for over three decades at virtually all grade levels, though the majority of the years were at the elementary level - mostly fourth and fifth grades. I also have taught remedial reading and writing at the middle school level, and social studies (current world problems and US history) at the high school level. As a remedial reading and math teacher several years in the elementary, I gained experience with all grade levels from kindergarten to fifth grade.
Fourth and Fifth Grade Self-contained Classroom
The majority of my teaching was at the fourth or fifth-grade level where I taught in a self-contained classroom, meaning that I taught virtually all subjects -- including art, music and PE if there weren't specialists in the school where I was at the time. I taught reading/writing/language arts (which included spelling) and math mostly, but also penmanship, social studies, and science.
Remedial Reading Teacher
I have taught as a Title I remedial teacher for five years in four different settings, which ranged from kindergarten to fifth-grade as well as middle school level. At times, I also taught remedial math - both as a Title I teacher as well with various summer school settings.
Social Studies Teacher
I taught as a high school social studies teacher -- current world problems with seniors and US history with juniors. I also worked with fourth and fifth grade students to introduce and have passed two concurrent resolutions in the Idaho state legislature, with our students giving the opening debate in the House and Senate committees on both occasions. They also met with two US senators, four US House of Representative members, and three governors -- even hosting one governor and one US representative in our classroom. I also interned in Congress for a summer -- working back in Washington, D.C. in the congressman's office. I also have traveled, am certified in Spanish and French, and lived in other cultures (as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, South America, and as a teacher in the Alaskan bush in an Native American (Yupik and Inupiaq Eskimo) village that was on the Iditarod Trail.
At various times, I have taught in various GED programs. Currently, I teach GED adult males in an Idaho state prison. (Surprisingly, they are some of the hardest working, most motivated students that I have had.) I also had to pass an investigation by the FBI for clearance to work there.
In a number of these teaching assignments, I have focused on teaching good working and thinking skills, worked to develop healthy attitudes, perseverance, tolerance, self-image, and problem solving skills. Though I am no longer young, I still continue to learn and grow personally, and have a desire to share with others. I get excited when others catch on and succeed.
I would prefer to tutor in a neutral setting, such as a coffee house rather than at either the student's or my house, but that can be negotiated.
Teaching in the Public Schools
I am an experienced teacher that has taught in the public schools for over three decades at virtually all grade levels, though the majority of the years were at the elementary level - mostly fourth and fifth grades. I also have taught remedial reading and writing at the middle school level, and social studies
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I am a certified public school teacher with 33 years of experience teaching in public schools. 26 of those years were at the elementary level - mostly at the fourth-grade and fifth-grade level. But I also have two years experience at the second-grade level. I have four years as a Title I remedial reading teacher (with two at the middle school level, and two at the elementary school level.) I taught all subjects, even including PE, art and music - depending on the school district, as well as remedial summer school for many years.
The majority of my 33 years teaching in the public schools was at the elementary level, mostly fourth and fifth grade. Penmanship was a key subject for third and fourth graders, as well as a subject that continued to be stressed at the fifth-grade level. Most of my experience was with D'nealian, and to a lesser extent with Zaner Bloser. My emphasis was with good hand posture (for the sake of comfort) and writing with clarity.
The majority of my 33 years as a public school teacher were at the elementary school level. I spent several years teaching at the 2nd-grade level, and four years as a Title-I reading specialist, ranging from kindergarten to middle school. Phonics was crucial at all levels, but was a constant in the primary grades. I worked with SIPPS, Rewards and Open Court, among other phonics programs or phonetic-based components of programs.
Besides having an elementary teaching certificate, I am also certified at the secondary level in social studies. I have taught current world problems for high school seniors (a required class for graduation in the state of Washington) which is based on the principles of government (political science) and economics. I have also taught American government with high school seniors when I completed my secondary level student teaching. I have taught government (along with history) at the fourth (state government) and fifth-grade (federal government). This is included students traveling to the Idaho Statehouse and gave testimony (opening debate) in Senate and House committees for two consecutive years. I have also taught government as part of the GED program for two different institutions (Boise State University and Trapper Peak Job Corps.)
I am a Idaho certified elementary and secondary teacher with endorsements in elementary teaching, and social studies, French and Spanish at the secondary level. I also have a masters degree in school administration. I taught 33 years in the public schools, with the majority of those years at the 4th and/or 5th grade level.
I have worked with low-academic, at-risk students both inside and outside of my 33 years of teaching in the public schools, ranging from primary students to adults. In many cases, study habits, attitudes and study skills were as or more important than the actual academic training. I have a significant among of experience of working one-on-one or with small groups in showing the thought process and systematic steps in problem solving and studying.