Library and Information Science (Graduate Coursework)
I love people and I love to help people. Everyone has different skills, strengths, and weaknesses, but we all need help learning at some point in our lives. While learning something new can sometimes be frustrating or difficult, I am committed to helping you (or your child) climb those mountains and achieve successes.
While I enjoy tutoring and teaching a variety of subjects, math is probably my favorite. It seems to me that many people have difficulty with math and are often extremely discouraged or feel just plain stupid. I love to let them in on a little secret- they probably do have a math brain, but may have just missed one crucial step or concept along the way that is causing all of their current confusion!
Time and again I have seen people that didn't like or do well in math go back and learn a concept they had missed, and in time be able to catch up and understand (and even like!) math. Enough about math! I also love reading, teaching research skills, teaching various elementary subjects, and coaching a variety of sports.
When tutoring, I prefer to know ahead of time the specific subjects and concepts that need to be worked on or learned. Having a copy of the student's textbook that I can keep is the best, but rarely happens. Whether or not I have a book, I generally start by going through the student's book and homework with them. It helps me to see what they know and what they need to work on while keeping them up in their classwork.
There are times when we will need to backtrack and go over other concepts before taking back up with the current concepts; it often takes time and practice to cement those basic concepts before being able to plow into the new material- but it is worth the time. I will also do general tutoring to help a student stay on top of the studies, but I need specific subjects and concepts ahead of time in order to create a plan and activities.
I love to tutor or coach volleyball or basketball. This type of tutoring would typically require access to athletic facilities.
Now, for a little more about me...
My undergraduate degree was in Elementary Education from Stetson University. While at Stetson I had experience in the classroom in every grade level from K-6, and completed my student teaching in a second grade classroom at a Title 1 school. I tutored students in reading at that same elementary school through a work-study program with Stetson. I also found myself helping and tutoring many of my classmates, especially in our college level math classes!
After graduating from Stetson I began to work on my master's degree in Library and Information Sciences at the University of South Florida, one of only two schools in the state of Florida with that degree. I tutored several students, elementary and high school aged, in math during this time. I also worked as a tutor at Huntington Learning Center.
While working on my degree I was hired as the Media Specialist at one of the best schools in the county. It was a 7-12 grade school. I later transferred to another excellent 7-12 grade school closer to home, also as a Media Specialist. While working as a Media Specialist I taught students a variety of subjects including research, note taking, keeping a running bibliography, how to do a bibliography, works cited, or reference page, MLA and APA formatting, leadership skills, internet research, use of internet databases, website evaluation, and how to find really good books to read! I taught a leadership class and a volunteering class to seniors, and was the sponsor for the middle school student government. I also tutored a student in math.
Additionally, I spent some time as a Physical Education teacher. While teaching physical education I taught sports and skills related to sports such as flag football, volleyball, softball, basketball, dodgeball, field hockey, frisbee, kickball, soccer, and track and field; I also taught many health and fitness related subjects.
In addition to teaching PE, I coached volleyball and cheerleading. I have also had experience coaching youth basketball teams. I grew up playing basketball, softball, tennis, volleyball, swimming, and even ran cross country in college. I worked as a youth leader for many years at my church for grades 7-12, and taught Sunday school to high school girls.
I also grew up helping my art teacher mother, as well as taking my own art lessons and classes. I took lessons in elementary, had art classes all through middle school and high school, took some college level art classes, and continue to have fun with art on my own.
And now I think you know just about my entire life story! I look forward to the possibility of working with you. Please feel free to contact me with any further questions. I love people and I love to help people. Everyone has different skills, strengths, and weaknesses, but we all need help learning at some point in our lives. While learning something new can sometimes be frustrating or difficult, I am committed to helping you (or your child) climb those mountains and achieve successes.
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