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My teaching career spans over 25 years in various positions. I entered the teaching profession as a high school English and business education instructor and after 5 years left to enter the corporate environment. During this time I had the wonderful opportunity to gain valuable skills in customer service, management, sales, customized computer training and technical support (5 years at Texas Instruments and 2 years at Unisys Corporation). I missed teaching and decided to reenter the profession and was hired at Grand Rapids Community College as a computer skills instructor (job training department and workforce development department). While at GRCC I established the WorkKeys Assessment Center and the Microsoft Certification Center. After a 17 year career at GRCC I started my own consulting business, specializing in workforce skill and learning needs assessment, and customized training solutions. My most recent position was with the Literacy Center of West Michigan teaching employability skills and career counseling. It was imperative that I be able to relate to and work with students of all ages, cultural backgrounds, an In 2013 I officially retired from full-time teaching, but desire to remain active and current in the profession that has enriched my life so much and most importantly, changed the lives of others.
I am a strong believer in self-directed/student-centered learning. It is my responsibility to provide an environment of encouragement and support, using teaching strategies that will motivate and match the students' preferred learning styles. Students should take responsibility, be committed and play an active role in their learning, and be willing to invest the proper amount of effort and time that is required to gain the needed knowledge and skill sets. My teaching career spans over 25 years in various positions. I entered the teaching profession as a high school English and business education instructor and after 5 years left to enter the corporate environment. During this time I
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