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Excelsior College (Liberal Arts)
Henley-Putnam University (Enrolled)
Greetings and salutations!
My name is Leslie and I am a transplant to Michigan from the Lone Star State. I'm the daughter of a freelance editor/critic/writer/writing center director who created an award winning method to teach reading and writing to college students in need of remedial training. I am also the wife of a PhD. Suffice it to say I'm pretty enveloped by smart, competent people.
I spent six and a half years as a secret squirrel in the USMC and I was a cop in South Texas over five years before I found myself back in uniform, but this time in Muskegon. I love to learn and languages are one of my favorite hobbies: I have studied French, Korean, and Spanish in school and as my profession. Just for grins I have studied a little bit of Swahili, Russian, and Arabic. I can communicate in Spanish pretty well and I can stumble through much of the others. I am fluent in ordering food, finding a toilet, and getting into trouble in about six languages. I am very much an outside the box thinker as well as a "give it to me straight" type person. What I lack in intellect I cheerfully make up for in enthusiasm and wit. I have never had a pupil bail on me!
I developed a tutoring program 15 years ago to help young men and women prepare for the ASVAB and their future careers in the Marine Corps. I carried that program to a dozen different recruiting substations in three states with enormous success. In addition to ASVAB tutoring, I have done elementary, junior high, and a bit of high school tutoring. If I'm shown the focus material, I can find a way to relate it to a pupil. I'm hoping I can help the community around me succeed by sharing what I've learned over the years.
About my methods:
I competed in high school math, science, computer science, art, spelling, Academic Decathlon, French, and land management. After attending college for a year I enlisted in the Marine Corps. That decision had an interesting effect on my undergraduate degree: I ended up with several institutions on my transcripts by the time I finished simply due to the transiency of the military. Between all the tricks I learned with competitive academic teams, the route my undergraduate degree took, the nifty things I learned from watching my hubby and my mom teach, and the tools I found that helped folks who had a harder time with school (or simply with testing) I compiled lists of tricks and tips to help students meet their goals.
I sincerely wish everyone on here the best of luck with their endeavors and if you think I might be able to help prepare you in some way for your next big challenge, contact me! Greetings and salutations!
My name is Leslie and I am a transplant to Michigan from the Lone Star State. I'm the daughter of a freelance editor/critic/writer/writing center director who created an award winning method to
Leslie is very patient and thoughtful teacher we can see improvement already and she is has been great with follow up and reviews of lesson plans.
Leslie seems to have zeroed in on my son's problem study habits and has motivated him to do better.
Thank you guys for allowing me to help your son with his ASVAB goals. I have total faith in his future success.
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ASVAB has been my pet project since 1998; it really is my favorite thing to tutor. After I took the exam (and scored 98) my recruiters requested I help tutor the ASVAB to young men and women who had trouble passing the exam. I had some tutoring experience and I had a wealth of tricks established from four years of competitive academics. With that arsenal and my firsthand knowledge of the test (which has hardly changed since '98), I started building and refining my own ASVAB tutor program which has so far been met with 100% success. I tutored men with learning disabilities (ADD/ADHD. I once had a student who scored a 2. That's right; a 2. With a lot of work, he was able to enlist before I left my duty station. I've been awarded by various recruiting commands for my work, but the true payback was sitting at the MEPS stations with my students and watching them emerge successful. I truly believe in service and I know I have something to offer. I've seen it. It makes my heart fly every time I get that experience and I want to share that here in Muskegon.
I have spent the last six years as a police officer which has exposed me to every imaginable element of the criminal justice system. I have gained court room, corrections, and street experience. I have 45 college hours of criminal justice in my undergraduate degree and I currently hold an active MCOLES (Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards) license. Prior to my move, I was a Senior Officer and held an Intermediate Peace Officer TCLEOSE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education) license. I am more than half-way through my graduate studies in Terrorism and Counter-terrorism studies which also deals heavily with the criminal justice system.
I spent a year as a teacher's assistant in an elementary school when I was a senior in high school, the year before I engineered a program to help young adults gain entry to the armed forces by passing their ASVAB tests. My ASVAB tutor program eventually included a host of high school and even junior high students who needed help with math, science, and English studies. I helped my mother tutor remedial English and I have helped tutor not only my own young son, but other children in his school (up to kindergarten). I have competed in a number of academic areas and have applied my tutoring methods and academic skills to children and young adults to help them in their scholastic endeavors.
I am a linguist by trade. I have studied French, Spanish, and Korean at length. I competed in French and my degree emphasis is in Spanish. (I was also a Spanish linguist in the Marine Corps.) I have recreationally studied Swahili, Arabic, and Russian. I enjoy all the elements of language, including phonics.
I have experience with competitive public speaking as well as real world experience speaking to crowds. I have also been in the position many times to address (and wrangle) the media. I'm naturally a very shy person so this is a skill that is not innate for me but rather one I developed.
I have tutored for years to a host of individuals with different learning styles. I understand people learn, and therefore study, differently. I can help individuals pinpoint how they learn and help them develop studying plans that cater to their needs. I am a creative and analytical thinker and have always found the challenge of relating a topic to a student to be as much fun as a sudoku puzzle.
I grew up with a mother who tutored mentally impaired adults and then went on to run a writing center. I mimicked her methods and honed my own unique way of creating a bond with a student to influence greater academic success. My roster of students who overcame their difficulties included second graders and senior citizens, children with ADD/ADHD and rehabilitated criminals (who remained rehabilitated). I can help anyone who wants help triumph over their struggles if I'm given the time and opportunity.
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