Penn State University, Bachelor's Degree (Law Enf., Sociology)
Penn State University (MEd)
I have loved teaching as long as I can remember. I received my Bachelor's of Social Science and worked with adolescents in the human service field for four years, before completing my teaching certification and Master's Degree. I have a Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum, and am certified in secondary Social Studies. I completed 45 credits beyond my Master's Degree in a variety of coursework, including teaching and pre-adolescent and adolescent development. I retired at the end of the school year in 2013, having taught for 27 years.
Like many teachers, I enjoy seeing that "AHA" moment that comes when the light comes on for a student about a concept. I truly believe that every student learns differently. It is such a great opportunity to go into the "toolbox" of strategies and try and find a few that might be a good fit for a student. Tutoring allows for that opportunity. Concepts and ideas can be taught in a variety of ways that match the learning style of the student. Tutoring also affords the student the opportunity to ask questions in a non-classroom setting. Tutoring in any subject helps support the development and/or reinforcement of lifelong study skills.
I worked in both middle and high school. Though I was a classroom teacher, I spent much of my career helping students in a one to one setting. I also did homebound instruction and instruction in the home in a wide variety of middle school and high school courses for over 20 years. I have also tutored students enrolled in online course work. I was an advisor to a Community Service club and also taught a course in Service Learning. Early in my career, I served on a statewide committee that looked at service learning in the school, and how to integrate real world service experiences into classroom curriculum.
I believe that conversations with and listening to the learner and the parent/guardian are critical to help learning be successful. I believe that these conversations create a better environment to meet the student's needs. Working together to set goals, and discussing success, growth and challenges related to those goals, learning happen more effectively.
I believe that learning never stops. I strive to be a lifelong learner. The adventure of life affords so many opportunities to learn in so many ways. It is so exciting to be a teacher, and share this adventure with learners looking at new ideas or exploring a new area of interest. I have always loved teaching, and look forward to continuing to support students as they navigate their courses and curriculum. I welcome the opportunity to meet you at a mutually convenient location to see how we can work together on this academic journey!
I am a lifelong reader. As a Social Studies teacher, I also incorporated reading literature in to the curriculum. Because we had a team approach to learning, when I worked on a team, we did several interdisciplinary units that worked in both Communication Arts and Social Studies. I have also tutored and provided instruction in Literature and Communication Arts, supporting the English/Comm Arts teacher's instruction and homework assignments. I have also done substituting in Communication Arts classrooms.
I am also available to help in the area of Bible or Religious studies. Having taken several courses in comparative religion, and having taught Christian education, in my life experience, I feel qualified to help support students in Biblical Studies.
I have had several courses in teaching Study Skills. I have also co-taught classes in adapting instructional strategies and teaching study skills based on individual learning styles. I helped to write a curriculum that supported study skills across the curriculum. In the earlier part of my career, I also assisted in the writing of a curriculum for higher level thinking skills, and how to support and teach in ways that support students to grow in their thinking skills. Different methods of studying support different levels of thinking. I have had the opportunity to work with students individually, and also, in the classroom with the development of time management strategies, note taking strategies, test taking strategies, preparing for both formative and summative assessments, organizational strategies, research strategies, and homework and long term project planning.
I taught Geography and Social Studies both at the Middle School and High School level. I have also tutored in many of the Social Studies curriculum areas, including psychology, sociology, law and society, American History, World Geography and World Cultures. During my career, I had the opportunity to write Social Studies curriculum and also head up the Social Studies Department of a Middle School. This exposed me to
In addition to being certified in Secondary Social Studies, I also have a Bachelor's degree that focused on human services and criminal justice. I worked in probation work prior to getting my certification and Master's degree in Education. Because of that background, I can assist students in criminal justice studies, as well.
If you as a student see that you are having some challenges navigating some of your studies, or you maybe just want a different way to learn one of these subject areas, I want to encourage you to talk to your parent or guardian and contact me. I am willing to hear your questions and see how we can make the subject matter more manageable and understandable for you. I will be honest with you, and tell you whether or not I feel I can come up with some strategies that will support your learning. Parents and guardians, please know, I want to work with you to help make the curricular material more manageable and less frustrating for the student in your home. I promise you to do my best, and if I don't feel that I can assist, I will be honest with you about that and encourage you to find someone that might be a better match. I look forward to sharing the learning journey with you! I have loved teaching as long as I can remember. I received my Bachelor's of Social Science and worked with adolescents in the human service field for four years, before completing my teaching certification and Master's Degree. I have a Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum, and am certified in secondary Social Studies. I completed 45
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I have studied biblical studies and also comparative religion. I have also taught comparative religion, and tutored in it. I have studied the Bible both in a secular manner, and in my own Christian background. I have taught some Bible studies informally in a volunteer capacity at my church and in a local retirement center.
I studied criminal justice in my undergraduate work. I also worked in the criminal justice field for four years. I did an internship at a local police department and also worked as a county probation officer and Assistant Supervisor in the Juvenile Probation Office.
I studied comparative religion in several courses. In the course of teaching Social Studies, I also taught comparative religion in the context of cultural studies, both in high school and in seventh grade. . I have also read much about Buddhism, Muslim, Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism. I have had course work regarding the formation of religion from a cultural and geographical perspective, and how conflict has arisen in the Middle East and North Africa because of historical claims to religious holy lands.
I helped to write a curriculum for a study skills program, and also assisted in the writing of a curriculum for higher level thinking skills. I assisted in training teachers in how to adapt instruction and help individualize learning strategies for individual learners. Some of this was related to study skills. I have taught study skills to individuals and also incorporated study skills in my classroom instruction. I taught Cornell note taking strategies and other note taking strategies. I taught time management and organizational skills. I have also taught test preparation, writing skills, and reading for comprehension skills.