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California State University at Long Beach (Political Science)
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I have been a successful teacher, tutor, mentor, coach (and parent) for students from elementary school through graduate school. As a middle school special education teacher, I have taught all core subjects, and I was the lead math teacher for our school's special education program. I have been a contracted teacher in both public and private schools, and I have several years experience as an individual tutor. I am experienced in teaching math, language arts, and science from K-10th grade, and social studies from K-12th grade. My teaching jobs include an ESL school in Cambodia, elementary schools in MT, a middle school in VA, and a high school in CA. Additionally, I have coached basketball, as well as my daughter's soccer team and my son's baseball teams.
My tutoring methods are designed to meet the needs of each student's individual learning style, while providing structure and consistency. I have a successful history of working with young people with distinctive talents and needs. I take heartfelt satisfaction in helping students reach their potential. I have been a successful teacher, tutor, mentor, coach (and parent) for students from elementary school through graduate school. As a middle school special education teacher, I have taught all core subjects, and I was the lead math teacher for our school's special education program. I have been a
We hired Patrick to work with our elementary daughter practicing her math facts during the summer. He came prepared every day with multiple activities to keep her engaged and interested. He was patient, kind and worked well with both of our daughters. We cannot wait to see him again!
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I have qualified for the Elementary Math and Science certifications with WyzAnt, and I have 10 years experience as an educator. My experience includes 2 years of classroom teaching for all core subjects for 6-8th graders; 3 years teaching environmental science to 5th graders; and several years experience tutoring 3rd - 10th grade students. In addition, my 2 children are both "straight A" students currently in 4th and 7th grade. My degrees in Environmental Education (MS) and Political Science (BS), and my post-graduate classes in education provide me with the appropriate pedagogical background to help students succeed.
I have one year of experience teaching ESL in Cambodia. I also taught middle school (6-8th grade) Language Arts for two years. I have an MS in Environmental Education and a BA in Political Science, so I have extensive writing experience as well as the pedagogical background to successfully teach ESL/ESOL.
As as special education teacher for two years, a major component of my teaching was teaching study skills on a daily basis. In addition, I was s therapeutic child care worker for a youth group home for three years and a key component of each child's treatment plan involved improving study skills. Encouragement, organization, memorization games, daily skills review, Cornell notes, rewards, etc. are some of the main methods I utilize in assisting students with study skills. Please let me know if you need additional information.