Wayne State University (psychology)
Wayne State University (PhD)
I am a experienced educator at the K-12 and college/university levels. I hold a PhD in social psychology from Wayne State University and a Michigan substitute teaching permit. I recently retired from Wayne State University's School of Medicine, leaving an adjunct faculty position at Macomb Community College and contractual grant-writing to retire to Michigan's U.P. I currently work on a contractual basis as a K-12 substitute teacher and mental health services provider. I enjoy the variety and flexibility these positions allow and would like to be of service to individual students as well.
I have taught a variety of college university psychology courses, including introductory, abnormal, developmental and social psychology. I have also conducted a number of trainings and similar events for professionals in various human service areas. I was a "non-traditional" student and am particularly sensitive to the challenges these students face. Professionally, I specialized in culturally appropriate and competent service delivery.
I keep current with professional journal reports regarding educational experiences among, and effective strategies with, students from diverse cultural groups and find working with them to be especially rewarding. In addition to my current work, I spent several years in Port Huron, Michigan working as a substitute K-12 teacher. I enjoy all ages and subjects and can assist with any other than geometry, chemistry, and calculus. Now, as in the past, I am often called to work in "special education" settings.
As a licensed social worker, it is easy for me to be responsive to, and enjoy working with, students struggling in academics who face related psychological and/or social challenges. Having dropped out of high school at 16, I understand the frustration many students feel and the tremendous role academic mentoring plays in life outcomes. I also understand parental frustration with education that is designed to meet "average" needs: one of my own children was labeled "emotionally impaired" and another "ADHD". In sum, I have experienced academic frustration from all sides of the desk, so to speak, and enjoy assisting others facing challenges in obtaining a solid formal education.
My training and academic background have prepared me to assist in developing a plan to succeed as well as to teach/tutor K-12 and college courses. My experience in grant-writing, and as a reviewer for conference, professional journals and grant proposals, and my success in writing these types of documents, have prepared me to assist in writing as well.
I look forward to serving students in the Houghton area and contributing to their successes through tutoring that takes a holistic approach, recognizing their unique interests, experiences, strengths and challenges.
Best Wishes in Your Educational Pursuits!
I am a experienced educator at the K-12 and college/university levels. I hold a PhD in social psychology from Wayne State University and a Michigan substitute teaching permit. I recently retired from Wayne State University's School of Medicine, leaving an adjunct faculty position at Macomb Community College and contractual
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I have over 35 years of experience in mental health services provision, primarily in the area of children/youth and families. Many of those involved people - children and/or parents - with ADD or ADHD. As a K-12 tutor, I most often served classrooms with children labeled "emotionally impaired", many of them with ADHD and also served as a long-term sub and as a summer school teacher in K-6 "EI" classes.
In my work as a child therapist in public mental health systems, I often worked with children with autism spectrum disorders and their parents. In the K-12 educational systems, I frequently "subbed" in classrooms which included children with autism spectrum disorders. In my most recent work in evidence-based mental health practices, I had to be familiar with approaches to assisting children with these disorders and their families. I have attended professional continuing education on this subject as well.
My background in public mental health and K-12 educational systems has provided me with many opportunities to work with children labeled "special needs". I have participated in the IEP process as well as treatment planning in addition to delivering these services. I believe that children with this label require a comprehensive, holistic approach to planning and implementation to achieve all of their potential and succeed both in the school and community.