Binghamton University (BA Degree)
Cornell University (Other)
I am a graduate of Binghamton University (SUNY Binghamton) with honors. I also attended Cornell University in Ithaca to receive my certification in Human Ecology. I also have an extensive background in psychology, counseling individuals with mental health issues.
My educational background includes studies: early childhood development, nursing home administration, management, and advocacy for mental health consumers. I have several hours of professional training in organizational skills, management, mental health, and have been doing public speaking for at least twenty years
I am currently a semi-retired professional with past work experience in the field of human services. Worked with children ages 6 to 8 years old at Head Start, 6 years to 17 years at a large local children residential facility. Administrator of a 360 bed Adult Care Facility CEO of mental health advocacy and facilitating therapy groups for mental health consumers.
I have skills in the area of teaching business English at a local college, a proctor for Prometric Testing Center monitoring test for candidates taking exams for GRE, TOEFL, CPA, USMLE, Medical Doctors, Veterinarians and many other fields. I spend a lot of time writing short stories, poetry (I have over 50 poems on digitalverse), and drawing: landscapes, animals and cartoons.
My methods of tutoring include a technique called "concept mapping." It is a system that saves a student time while studying, by using circles and lines connecting them to form a concept of a subject. This method I learned at Cornell University. In addition, I use my expertise in memorization of information to help enhance a students base of acquired knowledge. I have been working on a book titled "How To Create a Magnificent Memory."
I am proud of the fact that over the last year of teaching English, every student in my class achieved grades above 85 or a B.
My teaching as well as tutoring methods, show students how to get the most from the subject matter. I instruct them on how to be aware of all of the variables involved in learning. Acquiring new knowledge is no accident. It is a skill that in itself can be learned through on going practice. Whether it be concept mapping, subject association of current knowledge or an easy to learn form of memorization I teach, in a nutshell, learning, understanding and retaining the information is a skill.
Due to the fact that I am semi-retired and only will be teaching part time in the fall semester, I have the time to give a student quality time as a tutor. I am a graduate of Binghamton University (SUNY Binghamton) with honors. I also attended Cornell University in Ithaca to receive my certification in Human Ecology. I also have an extensive background in psychology, counseling individuals with mental health issues.
My educational background includes studies: early childhood development,
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I have a PhD. in Psychology and have had experience with children with ADD/ADHD. I taught an eight week class during the summer of 2009 that consisted of 6 boys ages 8 - 10 years of age. Based on the knowledge of ADD/ADHD I acquired at the university, I was able to apply the behavior modification methods to assist the boys in completing the eight week, one night per week, course. In addition, my grandson Dawson, now 14 years old has ADD/ADHD and I have been able to help my daughter with him to focus more and he is doing very well in his ninth grade class.
I took biology in high school and also at Broome Community College and received an A in the course. I enjoy the study of animals, plants and subjects relating to out planet.
During my years as a student at Binghamton University at Binghamton, NY and graduating in 1989 making on the Dean's List, I took courses in business. In addition I have a certification in Human ecology from Cornell University. My experience in the business arena includes serving as the CEO of a large 363 adult care facility, Renaissance Plaza, and Broome County Recipient Affairs Office, an advocacy agency for the mentally ill has helped me gain very valuable experiences in business. My responsibilities at Renaissance Plaza included the supervision and training of nine department heads at this senior adult care home. The nine department directors then supervised the nine departments. I also oversaw almost a two million dollar budget, and advocated for many of the residents, placed there by the local Broome County Department of Social Services. The agency had a total number of one-hundred twenty employees.
Following the Adult Care Facility, I accepted a position by the Board of Directors, as a CEO of a smaller agency BCRAO, (the name fore- mentioned above), I managed the not-for profit agency's budget of approximately five hundred plus dollars, interfaced with community mental health, psychologist, psychiatrist and leaders, organizations in the human services and Broome County Agencies. In addition I attended several seminars in Executive Management. I believe that twenty plus years in the private sector, Adult Care Facility and then a Not-For Profit agency, a NY State Funded Agency through the NY Office of Mental Health (OMH) dealing with the mentally impaired, has given me a variety of work experiences and with a psychology background, has provided me with an acute understanding thus helped me utilize my business and people skills.
I retired from the human services arena in 2004 but still keep active in assisting senior citizens with needed services.
I recently took a course offered at the local, community college in Microsoft 7 and 8. I am currently teaching an elderly man how to use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office.
How to maneuver around in the Microsoft programs. I recently also taught a woman who never used a computer how to use the computer to do research on the internet. I have been using a computer since 1994 and have been able to help senior citizens, of which I am one, learn how valuable the computer programs are and am proud of those, at least 7 folks; that they all are utilizing the on the Microsoft programs.
My qualifications in the subject of painting is based on the following. I taught eight children (Boys) sight weeks of oil painting for a local Church as a summer program. These boys all had ADD. As a psychologist, I had the experience in understanding their behavior. As an artist, I helped them with the basics of drawing, mixing water colors and oil paints during the classes.
My methods of teaching painting is to familiarize the student with the basics of drawing from the subject, perspectives in art, the blending of paints (oils) and (watercolors). I also have experience in using Acrylics. I have also taught on a one-on one basis, in the home, for children that the parents felt their child was gifted towards oil painting or water coloring.
In my twenty years in the mental health system, I learned about many psychotropic and psychotic medication. Many of the patients at our local psychiatric hospital were on some type of drug.
To name a few; Lithium, Prozac, Haldol, Paxil, Zoloft, Wellbutrin and many more. In order to become a psychologist I was required to learn about them since I would interface with the local psychiatrist in the area. Although I am retired, I still keep up on many of the newer drugs that the many Pharmaceutical Companies introduce to the medical field.
If needed I can provide you with documentation from mental health care providers in the mental health field that can attest to my knowledge when I was the facilitator of therapy groups for those individuals that had Bipolar and Schizophrenia.
Over the last 50 years I have extensive public speaking experience. I served as a facilitator of a large mental health group for seven years. Between the years of 1979 through 1989 I traveled and performed public speaking and fund raising while working for a major residential children's facility in the Northeastern part of New York State.
While serving as a CEO of a large adult care home, I spoke in front of many local groups regarding the purpose and operation of an adult home facility. I also have experience speaking as an advocate for mental health while serving as the Director of a small mental health advocacy organization.
I feel I am qualified to tutor in the field of religion based on my experience.
First, I attended Roberts Wesleyan College in North Chili, NY studying to become a minister in the Free Methodist Church. 1965-1967. It was required that we be familiar with a variety of world religions. When I attended the local community college (Broome Community College, I did one semester in the Philosophies of World Religions. Prior to my graduating from Binghamton University with Honors, I also took another course in Religion. My studies have included Buddhism, Hinduism, Jewish, Christianity, Universal Unitarians early Native American religious beliefs, and some of the religious cults that exist currently in the US and other countries.
During my second year at Binghamton University or SUNY Binghamton, I took two semesters of sociology. While the subject matter was diverse, ranging from crime to religion, functional and dysfunctional families the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, this information and firsthand experience working with children in a large residential children's home in Hillcrest, a suburb of Binghamton, NY, provided me with an opportunity to utilize the education I received. Over the past twenty years working in the mental health field, I have counseled children, young adults, middle aged adults and am currently assisting seniors from the ages of 60 up through the nineties with issues of depression, self esteem, family problems with their children and other social situations. I also am currently interfacing with the local mental health wings of our local hospitals and Broome County, NY Office for the Aging. When attending Cornell University, NY, I received my certificate in Human Ecology (1989). I strongly believe my background based on a large amount of textbook information, the CEO of two organizations, a 316 bed adult facility home, and a Mental Health Agency serving recipients of mental health services, (Broome County Recipient Affairs Office), (RAO), I am well qualified for approval in the field of sociology.
While attending Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York, I took a pre-course in the use of how to utilize the many skills of how to study. When I taught Business English at The Elmira Business Institute located in Vestal, NY, I taught my students during the first week, a variety of methods that would help them learn better, how to take notes, which I learned at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. using the study skills of (Concept Mapping. The use of memorization through associating new ideas to something the student already knew. Also I taught how to use a concept in note taking rather than try to write everything I said during a class. The majority of the women in the class had a B or A average at the end of the semester. I also use the same skill myself when researching information for writing children's literature.