State Univ. of NY at Albany (History)
Temple University (MEd)
University of Pennsylvania (Master's)
A history major, I came to Philadelphia as a math junior high teacher, earning my masters in Math Ed. I've taught math in public high schools, and a course at CCP and at Manor College. I have three Masters degrees, but none of them made me a good teacher. It's something inside me. A writer myself. I've passed the National Teacher Secondary Exam in Math, History, and English, and am certified in math and history. I love history. I can even remember dates!
I've been day camp counselor, a Little League Coach (taking girls on the team years ago, when others wouldn't), and a theater director, having directed in community theater, in all the schools I've taught, and at the Walnut Street Theatre. But the bottom line is the thrill I get when I see eyes light up as the kids come to understand. It's a thrill when I direct theater. That's how I felt when I taught my 90-year old father how to use the computer some 15 years ago. Retired now from full-time work, I'm ready to teach again.
Because I was not a "natural" math student and didn't major in it, I am not someone who lectures at kids, but works with them to see the patterns that provide solutions. Helping the student "discover" the ways through the numbers and symbols is rewarding to me. And I prod the kids gently. I'm a very patient person and teacher.
I actually hated writing when I was in the 5th grade. But then, I had an amazing teacher who taught me not to be afraid. As a result, not only have I written plays, stories, essays, and a novel, I've been asked to proofread other people's works and help edit. It requires careful attention and good listening skills of the teacher. I like to think I have them. I will assist and nurture. I have four grown children of my own- nurturing has been an important part of my life.
You won't be frightened when we sit down to review or learn something new. It will be rewarding. It will be fulfilling. I like to feel that you will come away with more confidence. Learning is something that never ends. I can only say that from the 25 years I taught in secondary schools, students still stop me on the streets or find me on Facebook and tell me how great it was in my classes and how I was a favorite (sometimes "the favorite") teacher of theirs. A history major, I came to Philadelphia as a math junior high teacher, earning my masters in Math Ed. I've taught math in public high schools, and a course at CCP and at Manor College. I have three Masters degrees, but none of them made me a good teacher. It's something inside me. A writer myself. I've passed the National Teacher Secondary Exam in
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