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Grand Canyon University (English Education)
I love teaching!! I love to see the light come on in the eyes of my students when I've been able to explain something to them, and they finally “get it.” That look that I see on his or her face makes my heart leap and my spirit soar, because it means that I’m doing something that I've always been meant to do.
I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education, with an emphasis in English. I've had training in English language learning as well as academic, business and creative writing. I publish content on several online platforms, and I write freelance with an international web content firm. In 2006, I studied for and passed the GED exam with a high score that earned me a full 60 hour college scholarship. I can help walk you through the process of getting your GED as well as getting a successful start in college. I regularly tutor my sitter and both of my nieces in high school and college content.
I have over 750 hours in the classroom, working with students, teachers, support staff and parents. I did my student teaching at Spring Wood Middle School in Hanover Park. I’m a mom to 7 kids, ages 9 to 31, and I have four grandchildren. I love to research and write, and I love being a student myself! I kept a 4.0 GPA all 5 years at Harper College while also being enrolled at a university, where I maintained a 3.8 GPA. I know what it’s like to be on both the President’s list and the Dean’s list. I'm familiar with the Harper campus and many of its faculty. My work has been published in the Harper Anthology and Harper's Point of View.
What is my specific intent for my tutoring students? It’s to empower them and instill in them a sense of pride, accomplishment and capability. One of the most essential things that a teacher can do is teach her students how to fish, rather than just giving them a fish. In this way, her students will always be able to accomplish and succeed on their own! If I had to explain what my teaching “specialty” is, I’d say that it’s meeting my students where they’re at and moving them forward in their understanding and skills. I firmly believe that no matter the level of comprehension or struggle, every student can move forward and learn. It’s my extreme privilege and honor to have the opportunity to teach others. I love teaching!! I love to see the light come on in the eyes of my students when I've been able to explain something to them, and they finally “get it.” That look that I see on his or her face makes my heart leap and my spirit soar, because it means that I’m doing something that I've always been meant to do.
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Sadly, my parents divorced when I was 14. As the oldest of five, I had the difficult job of helping my single mother. Although I was comfortable around small children, I had to learn the new tasks of cooking, cleaning and watching my siblings. When I married young, I threw myself into keeping house, and I’ve enjoyed cooking and baking for more than 29 years. Due to the dietary and the health needs of my family, I know how to cook vegetarian, low-fat, low-salt, organic and high-nutrition, as well as basic, old fashioned fare. I have an extensive collection of cookbooks that I read for pleasure (but isn’t all reading pleasure?) and to get new ideas from. Teaching students how to bake and cook is like teaching them how to fish, because they’ll always know how to feed themselves and care for others. Once the basic skills are mastered, nothing can stop their growth and imagination. I firmly believe that mastery over the basics can help students develop an appreciation for independence.
My mother taught me how to knit, crochet and embroider when I was 8 years old and I’ve been enjoying those arts ever since. I grew up deeply admiring Erica Wilson (okay, this dates me) and I’m absolutely in love with the experience of creating beautiful and useful things with a needle and thread. I’ve been practicing the arts of crewel, embroidery, cross-stitch, knitting, crocheting and beadwork for over 40 years now. I have an online boutique, where I sell my beaded flowers and jewelry, crafted with attention to detail and passion. I want this for my students: to learn the arts of a needle and thread and to craft beautiful and useful things that will last. Creating is quite empowering!
I’ve been sewing since I was about 10 years old, when my father bought me my own Singer from a second hand store. It was then that I started making my own Barbie™ Doll clothes, and I’ve been hooked ever since. My most luscious memory of sewing is watching my mother float down the stairs in a purple velvet dress ensemble that she had made for a wedding. She looked like a queen! When I had my daughter more than 28 years ago I decided that I’d make her clothes as well. We can accomplish amazing things when we make items for ourselves! This is what I wish for my students: to be freed from the need to rely on store-bought clothing and accessories. I make home décor, I quilt, I make clothing and I make accessories. For six years, I was the sole costume designer and creator for our large church productions. I spent many years as a hired seamstress and I taught private sewing lessons. I like to think that someday, I’ll be as skilled as my mother.