Marywood University, Scranton, PA (English Secondary Ed)
Princeton Theological Seminary (Master's)
My undergraduate studies in English language and literature at a liberal arts college provided me with a well-rounded and varied education. With a minor in secondary education, I developed my professional skills for teaching through my coursework in developmental and educational psychology, special education, educational methods in general and for secondary English in particular. My undergraduate work included student teaching in 7th through 9th grades, and culminated in my Pennsylvania teacher certification in English. My graduate work at Princeton Theological Seminary shifted the focus of the content of my studies, but, as I was preparing to teach in a church setting, it continued to hone my skills and talents for teaching. I gained knowledge about teaching to multiple intelligences and working in small groups. I worked in the Writing Lab in Princeton, providing writing tutoring to fellow students, most of whom were international students writing papers in English which was neither their first nor primary language. My graduate coursework further developed my skills in literary analysis, while also provided extensive studies in history and world cultures.
During the more than twelve years that have followed, I have put into practice the pedagogical methods of a certified teacher in both small-group and individualized contexts. Teaching in a small group or one-on-one provides a teacher the opportunity truly to listen to her student(s), to judge comprehension immediately, and to provide immediate feedback and reinforcement of content. As a teacher of small groups and individuals, I am a gifted listener, quick to understand questions, and persistent in my guidance toward comprehension. As an experienced teacher of individuals, I will help my students set educational goals that maximize their unique strengths and compensate for any of their weaknesses. I can provide help with general study skills, with organizational and time management methods for students of all ages. I have experience teaching people from ages six through eighty-six, and feel confident to tutor all subject areas up through seventh grade, and the humanities thereafter. My undergraduate studies in English language and literature at a liberal arts college provided me with a well-rounded and varied education. With a minor in secondary education, I developed my professional skills for teaching through my coursework in developmental and educational psychology, special education, educational methods in general and for
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I completed a Master's of Divinity (M.Div.) from Princeton Theological Seminary, a program that included classes in Biblical Hebrew and Greek, as well as on pedagogy. My approach to the study of the Bible focuses primarily on letting the text speak for itself. With an emphasis on exegesis, matters of both textual and historical context, along with genre, and form provide the foundation for Biblical studies.
As I pursued certification in secondary education as an undergraduate, I completed general education courses that are foundational to all K-12 teachers, including developmental and educational psychology. While teaching in a church setting, I taught children of all ages, both through implementing curricula designed for pre-K through 6th grades, and through developing my own curricula and programming for children. As a mother to three children (ages 7, 10, and 12), I have experience as a parent helping her children thrive in public schools. Most recently, I have served as a teacher to my children as I am in the midst of my second year teaching all subject areas while we are homeschooling, following a rigorous classical-based curriculum.
Public speaking was a content area during my undergraduate education. My graduate studies included public speaking coursework and practicums. As a teacher and a preacher, I have extensive experience in public speaking. I have developed an eye and an eye and ear for effective public communication both in content development and in presentation. My relaxed demeanor will put speakers at ease as we work to hone their message and maximize the effectiveness of their presentation.
I completed a Master's of Divinity (M.Div.) from Princeton Theological Seminary, a program that included classes on pedagogy. I also completed coursework toward a Master of Theology (Th.M.) from Princeton Theological Seminary with a focus on Missions, Ecumenics, and History of Religions. I have been preaching and teaching Bible studies and on matters of religion in a church and small group setting for 15 years.