University of Oregon (English Literature)
Portland State University (Master's)
Dear parents and potential students,
I am eager to meet and tutor students needing support in English Language Arts, Study Skills, Test Prep/Anxiety, Emotional Intelligence, Communication, and Self-Awareness. I have over a decade's experience teaching in the public schools - 8 years in high school, plus middle school and substituting and tutoring all grade levels. I've been leading professional development trainings for teachers on compassionate classroom management, student engagement strategies, conflict resolution, 21st century learning and social-emotional learning since 2011.
As a tutor, I support students in the academic subjects needed for school success, as well as providing attention beyond the core subjects, to personal development in order to increase 21st century life and career skills - skills of learning about learning, innovation, reflection, metacognition, communication, and collaboration. I have a naturally nurturing demeanor, and I am passionate about each of us raising our levels of self-awareness and social awareness in order to create harmonious and thriving communities. I am a skilled literacy teacher, having taught academic literacy and reading and thinking skills throughout my career. I am committed to supporting readers and writers in acquiring the skills of reading comprehension, critical analysis, and breaking down the steps of the writing process. I feel passionate about encouraging and assisting learners in gaining increased confidence and ease in communicating with the world.
I describe myself as a heart-centered educator, committed to personal and planetary healing, and I look forward to assisting students along the path of life-long learning.
Dear parents and potential students,
I am eager to meet and tutor students needing support in English Language Arts, Study Skills, Test Prep/Anxiety, Emotional Intelligence, Communication, and Self-Awareness. I have over a decade's experience teaching in the public schools - 8 years in high school, plus middle school and substituting
I earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Oregon in 1999. I've taught at both the middle school and high school levels: Language Arts, English Literature, Reading, English Support, English Language Learners, Academic Literacy and Academy English since 2001.
Just before entering grad school in the year 2000, I spent many months preparing to take the Praxis test in English Language Literature. I successfully passed all three portions of the test, due to my commitment and study strategies. I spent hours at the library creating flash cards for the various items that appeared in sample test questions and test prep books. I am confident I could be a help to students studying for any test, because I know how to seek resources and set up a structured and attainable study plan.
Since 2011, I have presented professional development trainings on a quarterly basis to 100 adults at a time (certified teachers and facilitators) through the 180 Degrees social-emotional learning program. I continue to improve my skills in public speaking and over the years have grown to feel more comfortable and effective in this role - this is quite an accomplishment for an introverted, formerly shy person! Prior to 2011, I taught my high school students to prepare and deliver presentations. I've also participated in Toastmasters. I use prezi software to organize and present my material.
Teaching reading is one of my specialties. I always break it down by beginning with the concept of metacognition: thinking about thinking - paying attention to what is going on in your head while you are reading, whether you're distracted or using strategies to get unstuck. When I taught high school, I worked with students who tested far below grade level in reading. It was a joy for me to support them in decoding language through increasing their self-awareness and thus, their interest and confidence.
As a high school English teacher, I have taught Academic Literacy, Reading and English Support. I was an advisor and mentor to my English students, and specialized in teaching students who tested at or below grade level English. I taught the Compass Program one summer, which prepared incoming freshman to enter high school by teaching organizational and study skills.
I majored in English Literature, taught high school English for close to a decade, and work as an editor. I've edited 2 full handbooks on social-emotional learning, along with an online meditation course. I often have friends and family requesting my support with editing, proofreading and clarifying written ideas.