U of Minnesota (Scandinavian Studies)
Columbia University - Teachers College (Master's)
I have been a teacher for more than 30 years and retired from the classroom in June of 2014. I continue to work part time at a high school where, in addition to Government, I taught ESL - listening , speaking, reading and writing - for the last 20 years. I'm a volunteer Ultimate Frisbee coach in two metro area high schools. I also supervise and train HS students in conflict resolution techniques and mediation skills for the mediation team at my old high school. I have lived, studied and worked in Sweden, Israel and China where I was a Foreign Expert (their term - not mine) at the Harbin Institute of Technology. I taught ESL there as well as American Civilization. Before working in St. Paul Public Schools, I taught freshman composition for seven years in the Community College system here in the Twin Cities. I have been a freelance editor as well. I tend to use humor and gentle encouragement in my style. I often adopt a modified Socratic method in which I try to draw a student out by asking questions and and proposing alternatives. I will work with any student who genuinely wants to learn. Students who are told by parents they must get tutoring are never as successful as those who are eager and self-motivated.
I have always had a strong interest in international relations which was only stimulated by my living experiences abroad over the years. And while I have not lived abroad for many years, I continue to follow international events and developments closely, especially the Middle East and Asia. I try to keep up both my Swedish and French as best I can, though opportunities for French are more common than for Swedish. Because many of my students over the past few years have come from Africa and Southeast Asia, I have developed more of an interest in these areas. Also, when Muslim students began to arrive in increasing numbers, I made it my business to learn considerably more about the history of Islam, its practices and tenets. I have advised the Muslim Student Association at my high school as well. So I have confidence tutoring and teaching about Human Geography, International Relations, Comparative Religions, Languages and their origins, and Current Events. I look forward to helping students better their knowledge in these areas and in helping students improve both their oral and written English skills. I have been a teacher for more than 30 years and retired from the classroom in June of 2014. I continue to work part time at a high school where, in addition to Government, I taught ESL - listening , speaking, reading and writing - for the last 20 years. I'm a volunteer Ultimate Frisbee coach in two metro area high schools. I also supervise and
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BA Scandinavian Studies, MA TESOL Teachers College, Columbia University. Teacher for 22 years at Como Park HS, St. Paul.
I am a retired teacher from St Paul Public Schools were I was an ESL teacher for 22 years. I lived in Sweden , Israel, and China and can speak Swedish and French pretty well and have knowledge of other languages as well