Dartmouth College, Hanover NH (English)
Indiana University, Bloomington (Master's)
Washington University in St. Louis (Graduate Coursework)
I am a retired fully certified teacher who recently reentered the career as a paraprofessional working with autistic students at Doris Klaussen Developmental Center in Battle Creek. I hold a B.A. degree in English and a M.A. in comparative literature, have completed all English Ph.D. requirements except my dissertation, and also worked three years towards a B.S. in chemistry. My past experience encompasses many years of middle school science teaching in public and parochial systems as well as adjunct work as a college English composition instructor. My work in Catholic schools also included areas such as mathematics and social science.
I enjoy my current work enormously. An initial temporary substitute assignment evolved into a continuing position which I expect to resume in September. I work with teenagers and young adults whose reading and oral and mathematical skills are usually at a third grade level or less and have succeeded in bringing them to higher plateaus in many instances. They respond to me because I stay on their own plane and keep them interested and involved and never condescend. For this reason I believe I can help elementary school as well as college and secondary school students readily and easily.
I asked my students to use elementary and intermediate algebra repeatedly in problems I had personally created for my students' laboratory work and field trips. My science fair students used secondary school mathematics frequently when they were proving the validity of their hypotheses and graphing their findings.
I am certified to teach chemistry, grades 7-12, and general science, grades K-9. I used an intensively hands-on approach as a science teacher, spending at least half of my instruction time in the laboratory and utilizing several weekends for field trips in which my students explored natural areas throughout the Midwest in ecological and geological field study. Graduates of my eighth grade physical science program in the parochial schools were consistently exempted from ninth grade science, moving directly into a tenth grade major area whenever the option was given them. Forty-three of my students in these schools won ribbons at the Greater St. Louis Science Fair during my four year tenure. I have also worked for the National Park Service in exotic species control and as an interpretive ranger.
I am also certified to teach English from seventh through twelfth grade. I have a strong postgraduate background in English and continental European literature and have published an article which appeared in the journal Comparative Literature. My work in my spare time as a semiprofessional genealogist has deepened my knowledge of American and European history, and I am in the process of writing another article about my ancestor Major John Mason, Deputy Governor of Connecticut Colony, usually known as the commander of the first conquest and near-extermination of the Pequot tribe. I am trying to show that his loyalty to his Mohegan ally Uncas guaranteed autonomy to the Mohegans in his lifetime and that his legacy to Native Americans is ambivalent and complex.
My current work with autistic students is tutorial in its nature. My students respond to me and have advanced, sometimes dramatically, with my help. Both of my supervisors have urged me to continue similar work until school resumes this fall and will recommend me strongly. I feel I am qualified to assist students of every degree of age and ability and help them progress. I am a retired fully certified teacher who recently reentered the career as a paraprofessional working with autistic students at Doris Klaussen Developmental Center in Battle Creek. I hold a B.A. degree in English and a M.A. in
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I am an amateur astronomer. I asked my middle school students to identify the major constellations and all the first magnitude stars when I projected them on a screen and to recognize the stage of stellar evolution of each of these stars. I own a six inch refracting telescope and do most of my serious viewing at the International Dark Sky Park near the Mackinac Bridge. I enjoy the sport of locating invisible deep sky objects simply through my finder and align my mount to a precise celestial latitude and longitude only when I am taking pictures.
I conducted field trips for ecological and geological field study throughout the Midwest when I was teaching science in middle schools and later worked for the National Park Service in exotic species control and as an interpretive ranger.
I have a near Ph.D. in English literature and an M.A. in comparative literature, with concentration on French and German as well as English writers. I was an English Honors student at Dartmouth College and am the author of an article which was published in the journal Comparative Literature.