Frankin & Marshall College
The University of Delaware (MEd)
I have always enjoyed working with and getting to know people of all ages and backgrounds. As a "foreign service brat," I have lived in many different cultures. As a technical writer/editor at a national laboratory, a career counselor and student activities advisor at a private university, a high school tennis coach, and a Junior Olympic girls' gymnastics coach and judge, I have spent years learning to work effectively with all kinds of people. Whether getting high-level scientists to cheerfully accept editing suggestions; teenagers to cheerfully spend endless volunteer hours designing college activities and learning organizational and leadership skills; or a diverse group of girls to become a cohesive and well-trained sports team with confidence, skill mastery, and great leadership skills, I have loved the chance to work with the great people. I love the challenge of teaching the skills in a way that makes the process enjoyable for us all. If I do my job right, the process is painless and enjoyable, even if it involves hard work and tackling bad habits and fears. I like to know that everyone involved in the learning process sees a consistent and marked change in skill level, and I love to see the increased confidence that results.
What's my tutoring style? I think that there has to be a connection between a tutor and student. I believe that no learning occurs without an investment from the student. I believe that, whereas it's wonderful if a student is motivated from the start, it's partly the role of a tutor to create that connection and to help generate enthusiasm, energy, and an expectation of success in the student. It is the role of the tutor to teach the student how to team with the tutor (and with their other teachers and coaches) to achieve success. When students of any age or level learn to use their resources to the fullest, they are learning life skills that are critical for academic and career success. So, as a tutor, I consider it important to teach information and to improve specific academic or other skills, but I also try to teach students how to become better and more confident learners and to feel happier in the learning process.
Because each student is a unique person with a unique history and learning style, I need to start out where the student is and work with that person's learning strengths. I need to know the parent's and the student's goal(s), and we need to be sure we are actually working toward a common goal within a realistic timeframe. We need to maintain open communication to ensure that everyone is aware of responsibilities, tutoring progress, changes in needs or expectations, and successes beyond the tutoring environment.
Two of my strongest personality characteristics are patience and persistence. I take every job and every student's needs seriously, but I love a good laugh. I'd love to put my tutoring/coaching skills to work for you!
I have always enjoyed working with and getting to know people of all ages and backgrounds. As a "foreign service brat," I have lived in many different cultures. As a technical writer/editor at a national laboratory, a career counselor and student activities advisor at a private university, a high school tennis coach, and a Junior Olympic girls'
I haven't had formal training in cooking beyond Home Ec classes, but I am a good and creative cook and baker. My pecan pies, banana cream pies, and chocolate cream pies are widely praised, along with various other desserts. I cook, and would teach, by using recipes that are improved by adaptation. I believe that most dishes, even many desserts, can be made in a more healthy way without losing the flavor or pleasing textures. Even children can enjoy both cooking and eating healthy dishes and can learn to value and enjoy a healthy diet.
I have sewn since I was a small child, and I began sewing my own clothes while I was still in elementary school. I sewed my prom dresses, my husband's first suit, my and my sister's wedding dresses, and designed and sewed several bridesmaids' wedding dresses, and many of my children's clothes and Halloween costumes.
In college I taught a friend to sew, and she completed a down vest, and I taught my daughter to sew as well.
I am a gymnastics coach for team kids ages 9 to 18, so I have a great deal of instructional experience with young people, and I have taught adult continuing education courses in tennis.
I have been sewing since I was a little girl, and I progressed to designing and sewing baby clothes, bridesmaids' dresses , wedding dresses, and suits for friends and family as an adult.
I have a master's degree in College Counseling and Administration.
I have supported my own children through challenging private school educations and sent them on to successful college academic experiences.
I played Varsity tennis for four years for Brussels American High School and for four years for Franklin and Marshall College, earning the most valuable player award in my freshman year for both singles and doubles competition. I coached one season of Varsity high school girls' tennis and I taught a continuing education course in tennis at UNM-Los Alamos. I have also conducted private tennis lessons for students who requested me through word-of-mouth.
I hold a BA in English from Franklin & Marshall College and an MEd in College Counseling/Administration from the University of Delaware. I worked for 12 years as a technical writer/editor at Los Alamos National Laboratory.