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James Madison University (BS, Computer Science IT)
Let me take you on an adventure of learning!
I have traveled around the US, teaching Mathematics at different types of high schools. I have also traveled to various locations to play piano or organ for celebrations such as weddings, funerals, parties, etc. I have certifications in Secondary Mathematics Teaching, Nursing Assistant (LNA) in NH and VT, EMT-B, and WFR. I have been studying for my Personal Training Certification exam, as well.
I have a lot of knowledge locked away in my brain and enjoy sharing that knowledge with my students. I have used my degree in Computer Science IT to design Web sites for various businesses, for my students, and for my personal interests (e.g. Phantom of the Opera). I have enjoyed having an interactive classroom, because I was able to use the technology, not being tied to writing everything on the board. I have been able to use that technology to reach ALL students, of varying learning styles and abilities.
My education is more than what is on my 'Education' page. Undergraduate school included studies in Math, Music, and Sports Medicine. My music (piano and voice) teacher at Lyndon State College insisted I needed to go to music school, not to waste my talent. So, off to Virginia I went! I studied Music Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory, then transferred to James Madison University where I continued studying Music, Math, and Computer Science. I was able to design my IT concentration to include artistic courses, where I learned not only the programming of the Web, but also the multimedia. I took an Art Animation course as well as Technical Writing courses, so I would be able to create any type of interactive Web page. During those college years, I tutored Math (Algebra to Discrete Math/Structures), Physics, and French, as well as gave piano lessons.
After college, I started my own business in Web Design, creating Web sites for businesses. I still design Web sites, just not as a business. A colleague told me I was a great math tutor and encouraged me to become a Math teacher. I taught high school Math for 4 years in a wide variety of schools - rural, urban/inner city, small, and large. My adventurous spirit took me from Virginia to Maine, then to Arizona, back home to New Hampshire, then to Massachusetts. Even though I was ready to settle down, it was not meant to be in Massachusetts. I moved back to New Hampshire and re-entered college, changing careers from Math teacher to the medical field. I am still on that journey. My recent college courses prepared me for medical/nursing school and during that time, I tutored fellow students in Math, Physics, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Nutrition, and French. During my last stint in college, I also took a LNA (Licensed Nursing Assistant) course and most recently EMT-B course. I have been working in the medical field as a LNA, in nursing homes and home health care, as well as substitute teaching for local school nurses/health teachers.
Currently, when not playing the piano or organ, I substitute teach mostly in Math, Science, Health/PE, and Nursing for local schools. On my off days, I design/re-design Web sites or go to a Home Healthcare client. When not working, I train for my first triathlon, coming in May.
My passion is playing the piano, so the most exciting teaching moment for me is when a student learns how to play. My math students have viewed me as the 'wacky' math teacher because my passion for learning and teaching goes beyond music - and into the classroom. The best gift I have received is from students who tell me that they like or even LOVE math, at the end of the school year. Do you know how hard that is, to convert a student from despising Math to liking, even loving, it?!?
Using a kayaking metaphor... My teaching style lets students get out of the boat and body-surf through the 'Class II rapids' of learning. I have unwavering loyalty and confidence in my students and I will push you to do the best you can, because I know you have the potential to be not just good, but GREAT. Yes, I am an optimistic idealist! (It comes with the territory of being a musician.)
Where will your adventure take you? If you let me be your guide, I will take you places you never knew existed - and I will be able to fix you up, if you fall off the 'trail'. Happy learning! Let me take you on an adventure of learning!
I have traveled around the US, teaching Mathematics at different types of high schools. I have also traveled to various locations to play piano or organ for celebrations
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My degree, from James Madison University (JMU), is a B.S. in Computer Science, IT. I took courses in Software Development (programming), Multimedia Development, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Operating Systems, and Information Security (INFOSEC). While taking the INFOSEC course, I designed the Web site for the M.S. INFOSEC program at JMU and attended the INFOSEC Colloquium at JMU. I discussed INFOSEC topics with intelligence agencies (NSA, FBI, CIA, & NIST), specifically Cryptography since my background is in Mathematics.
While at James Madison University, I took 2 Discrete Math courses, as it was required for my B.S. in Computer Science IT. While taking the course, I tutored other students in my class. I also tutored students at Lyndon State College (2009-2011) in Discrete Math.
I studied Logic in high school and in college. At James Madison University, I took a course in Logic. While taking the course, I tutored fellow classmates. I have also taught Logic as part of Geometry (4 years of teaching Geometry), specifically Inductive Reasoning, for writing proofs.
My degree is a B.S. in Computer Science, IT. One of the courses I took was Operating Systems, in which I studied various operating systems including:
-Windows DOS, 3.x, 9x, 2000/NT, & XP; and
I have tutored students in operating systems at Lyndon State College (2009-2011). I also use my acquired knowledge to repair hardware and software problems with Mac, Windows, and Unix operating systems in my computer business.
I have tutored students in operating systems at Lyndon State College (2009-2011). I also use my acquired knowledge to repair hardware and software problems with Mac, Windows, and Unix operating systems in my computer business. My degree is a B.S. in Computer Science, IT. One of the courses I took was Operating Systems, in which I studied various operating systems including:
-Microsoft Windows (DOS, 3.x, 9x, 2000/NT, & XP); and
I have taken the MTEL: Literacy and MTEL: Content-Mathematics exams, after taking the Praxis I, II (Content-Math), & III exams. After acquiring my MA teaching license, I taught Geometry, Honors Geometry, and Algebra II/Trigonometry. While teaching Math, I also tutored a fellow Math teacher who was preparing for the MTEL: Content-Math exam and for her M.A. in Math Education.
I have been playing piano for 35+ years. I am a classically-trained pianist. I have given piano lessons previously, teaching sight-reading and music theory. I have also been playing the organ (pipe, reed, and electric) for 26+ years. I studied music performance in high school, taking Band (Marching, Concert, & Jazz), Choir, and played the piano for the show choir, as well as for a drama production. I also studied music performance in college, taking Music Theory, SightSinging, Music Notation & Composition, Counterpoint, Piano & Voice Lessons, Choir, Band (Concert). I have also played Alto Saxophone with the St. Johnsbury Town Band and Lyndonville Town Band. During some of my church jobs, I have not only played the organ and piano, but also accompanied the choir, directed the choir, and organised the music. Currently, I play the piano and organ for local churches as well as celebrations, such as weddings, funerals, baptisms, etc. I also substitute teach for music teachers at local schools.
I have taken all of the Praxis Exams required for teaching:
Praxis I (Reading, Writing, & Math),
Praxis II (Content: Mathematics), and
Praxis III (Pedagogy & Learning).
I have also tutored non-traditional students at Lyndon State College for the Praxis I & II exams.
I have also taken the Massachusetts version of the Praxis, the MTEL exams, in order to teach in MA. (MTEL: Literacy and MTEL: Content-Mathematics) I tutored a fellow math teacher, preparing for the MTEL: Content-Mathematics exam.
I played tennis and racquetball competitively for 4+ years, throughout high school and college. I was seeded #1 in high school AND college. (I have a killer serve.)
I have a B.S. in Computer Science IT with most of my courses in Software & Web Development as well as Technical Writing give me the course background necessary for work in various aspects of Web Development. I also have experience WORKING as a Web Developer/Designer - in a corporate environment and as an independent contractor; I have my own Web Design/Development business. I have designed several Web sites for clients. I have also tutored Web Design courses at Lyndon State College, specifically in graphic design and HTML programming.
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