University of New Mexico (Art)
I worked almost 20 years as a writer and editor, I teach children's art classes in the summer, I have a strong math & science background, and I am an artist. All this means I have a wide variety of skills and perspectives, and can help you look at any learning challenge from many different angles.
As a grandparent, I have a patient and encouraging attitude; my goal is to help the student accomplish what is important to him/her.
As an art teacher, I help my students learn to use real hand tools and solve problems as they design and build. I teach children to build toolboxes, make dragons, and create their own toys. My students learn competence, confidence, craftsmanship, and pride of workmanship.
As a professional writer/editor, I help people clarify what they really want to say, and write their ideas in strong, engaging, well developed, cohesive ways.
At UC Berkeley, I excelled in math classes through Calculus, Differential Equations, and up to Set Theory. I also worked with my own two children from elementary through high school in all their subjects.
I have been a professional writer and editor for 18 years. I wrote many papers in college (graduated summa cum laud). I've been an editor/mentor for graduate students' position papers, research papers, and dissertations, master's student thesis, and an editor/mentor for people who need help with any kind of writing. I've also done my own creative writing (poetry and fiction), so I have a wide range of writing/editing experience.
I graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, so I've taken university level drawing and painting courses. I also have a minor in Art Education. And, I've always drawn, so I have many years practical experience.
I want to know what is important to you so I can help you achieve your goals **and** develop well-earned pride in your own workmanship. Learning is an adventure and I hope to help you navigate your journey. I worked almost 20 years as a writer and editor, I teach children's art classes in the summer, I have a strong math & science background, and I am an artist. All this means I have a wide variety of skills and perspectives, and can help you look at any learning challenge from many different angles.
As a grandparent, I have a patient and
I graduated with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico in 2012, with a minor in Art Education. For 5 years I have designed and taught children's art classes (ages 7-14) through the Parks and Recreation Department in Santa Cruz, California. Regarding my teaching methods, my philosophy is that children do what they love and that they are hungry for the feeling of confidence and accomplishment they get from creating something. From my years of teaching, I have seen children blossom when creating things that imbue real craftsmanship/workmanship -- they glow with an intrinsic sense of self-worth they get from knowing they "did it themselves." Creating art is truly play, not "work" to be done without joy.
Earlier this year (January -- May) I tutored a second-grader in Math. I also teach kids (ages 7-14) in the summer time: we make tool boxes from scratch, which involves a lot of applied math and problem-solving.
I have been a professional technical writer & editor for 18+ years. I graduated with a BFA from UNM summa/summa in 2012. I have edited grad student position papers, doctoral theses, grad school application letters, papers published in journals, chapters in books, & more.
I've been a professional writer for over 30 years. I've written manuals, edited manuals and PhD dissertations, grad-student papers, chapters in books, articles in journals, and many other writings. Also wrote plenty of papers at UNM (graduated 2012). I can help a person of any age (grade school through grad school!) figure out what they want to say and develop a clear, concise presentation of his/her ideas.