Eastern Michigan University (Speech, English, Dra)
Eastern Michigan University (MEd)
Hamline University (Other)
My past career endeavors include that of elementary educator, higher education administrator, as well as licensed mental health therapist. I brought to each of these fields of endeavor a strong desire to assist my clients in succeeding. My career choices have taught me that accomplishment is more easily achieved if the experience is enjoyable, so approach is very important. Students who have fun while learning, learn much faster and with a desire to learn even more! Students also learn more when the instructor/tutor has the capacity to give the student insights into their learning style(s) and motivations. All of these aspects are part of what makes education effective.
Just over a year ago I earned my certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language-TEFL, hence, my desire to assist students who may be in the initial stages of learning English. My foundational degree (Bachelor of Arts in Education) is actually in English so this certification is an additional credential toward the objective of working with students who desire to communicate more efficiently in the English language. I enjoy people! That trait always enhances the student/teacher experience! My past career endeavors include that of elementary educator, higher education administrator, as well as licensed mental health therapist. I brought to each of these fields of endeavor a strong desire to assist my clients in succeeding. My career choices have taught me that accomplishment is more easily achieved if the experience is enjoyable, so
For more than two hours of tutoring the rates drops to $40 per hour. Group rate is determined based upon the number of students in the group.
My initial career, beginning immediately upon graduating from Eastern Michigan University in 1972, was as an elementary school teacher. I was certified K-12 in all subject matter by the State of Michigan. I went on to teach as a substitute teacher for three years in Grand Rapids, Michigan before going to graduate school.
My undergraduate major is Speech, English and Dramatic Arts. I have actual classroom academic training in the area of Public Speaking. Additionally, I began my career in elementary education and from there made the transition into higher education administration, serving as Assistant, and Associate Dean of Student Services at sequential higher education institutions. Each of these positions called upon my ability to apply the public speaking practices I had learned in the classroom at an earlier date.
Later in my career, the consecutive roles of Assistant Director for Multicultural Affairs, and Assistant Director for the Student Center and Program Activities Office, served to enhance, even more, my development as a public speaker. A few years later, while serving as a mental health therapist, the necessity of delivering daily group didactic and educational sessions fine-tuned these skills. I am a confident public speaker from both academic training, as well as having considerable practical experience.