B.A. Oregon State University (History with Political Science Minor)
University of Idaho (Graduate Coursework)
I didn’t always love school. So, I understand when other students would rather be doing ANYTHING but studying! I've found that the best teachers are those who love their subjects as well as their students. I have taught and assisted teaching a variety of classes from preschool to high school and beyond in many subjects, mostly math and English.
My greatest strength is making classwork more understandable. This came to light with a student whom I considered a “survivor” of the California school system. He had graduated essentially illiterate and was enrolled in a remedial math class at a community college. The student was completely frustrated because the instructor could not explain the material in a way he or several other students could understand. I spent each evening re-teaching what the class already covered. The difference was, my student was then able to understand it and complete his assignments successfully. I did the same thing with other students in high school and junior high when they had problems in their math, English, and history classes.
I have found that there are teachers who are brilliant in their subject matter but don’t quite get how to share that with their students. Before moving to Hayden, I assisted a 6th grade math teacher who clearly loves his material but explains it in a way that is just confusing to the students. I got to explain it to them differently, walking the student through each step, so that they grasped the process and why it works. There are things that sadly some teachers skip past – like effectively communicating the lesson or starting on common ground with the student. I make sure those are primary with my students.
One of the most challenging skills to learn is persuasive writing or speaking. I help students find their focus, organize their thoughts and present a well-articulated, informative, persuasive speech or thesis. One of my favorite examples was helping a high school freshman argue a mock court case for The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell. As we examined the story and the law, I helped her find the way to present a case prosecuting Rainsford for the murder of General Zaroff. It was a difficult perspective but she pulled it off, winning the case. More importantly, she learned to examine all sides of a situation before making any assumptions.
I am a writer/freelance journalist with over 60 published articles. I have 40 years public speaking (four competitively). I have written four screenplays, countless short stories, and written and directed four stage productions. I am working on my Secondary Education – Social Studies degree. I am and have repeatedly been on Honor Roll and the Dean’s List. Last year I also earned the Waldo-Cummings Outstanding Students Award.
I specialize in English, Writing, History, American Government, Public Speaking, Elementary Math, and Algebra. Tutoring sessions are typically in the library, but other locations may work with mutual agreement. My cancellation window is 12 hours. Make-up classes are available. I am usually available on short notice.
I look forward to working with you for your success! I didn’t always love school. So, I understand when other students would rather be doing ANYTHING but studying! I've found that the best teachers are those who love their subjects as well as their students. I have taught and assisted teaching a variety of classes from preschool to high school and beyond in many subjects, mostly math and English.
5% discount for multiple hour lessons.
I am in college studying for my teaching certificate. I have been substitute teaching for over a year mostly in elementary grades. I have taught ages 3 to 12 in non-school classes for 10 years. I have also raised four children of my own and helped them all with their homework and projects.
I am majoring in Secondary Ed - Social Studies. I have 24 credit hours in Political Science classes and have maintained a 3.5 gpa. Political Science is not an easy curriculum. I understand how challenging it can be and have practice in making it more reachable for students.
I have been in public speaking for 40 years, four of which were in competition. I have been teaching in many situations - public schools, church, community, etc, for many years. I have managed a company, trained employees, and presented military capacities to visiting foreign and US dignitaries. I also have extensive research, writing, and editing experience.
I understand the fear many people have of standing in front of crowds and speaking or performing. I used to be afraid myself. It was only through preparation and LOTS of practice that I finally got over it. I can help others get past their fears as well.
I have been in college for five years and have maintained a 3.5+ GPA. I am consistently on the Dean's List or Honor Roll. I have earned the Waldo-Cummings Outstanding Student Award. This is not because I'm unusually brilliant. Organization, diligence and a practical approach to studying has made all the difference. I can help frustrated students achieve more by using their talents and time better. I also help the student find his/her best way to learn, embedding the material as deeply into the memory as possible.