Syracuse University (Political Science)
Union Institute and University (Master's)
Grand Canyon University - online (Enrolled)
As a student my favorite subjects in school had anything to do with reading and history. I have always been an avid reader and as a child one of my favorite places to be was the public library. I enjoy art and decorating and try to do both in my spare time. I have always enjoyed working with young people and began as a babysitter in high school. In high school I was also a volunteer tutor, summer camp counselor, vacation bible school teacher, volunteer summer school teacher, and volunteer for high school special Olympics. As an undergrad I attended Syracuse University and obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. In 2003 I returned to school and in 2006 I received my masters degree in education-Curriculum and Instruction (specialization Social Studies 6-12), from Union Institute and University. My work experience includes working as a private tutor, substitute teacher for grades 6-12, after school tutor for at risk children K5-8, after school counselor for grades K5-5, and a Student Assistance Specialist for middle school students 6-8.
I understand that most high school students do not like history so my approach is to teach it in a way that is relevant to them. I impress upon students that it is important to understand the past in order to move forward into the future. As an example let us say that we are learning about The New Deal. In order to make it relevant I would see if the student had a relative that might have lived during that time period and tailor an assignment around that. I also infuse geography into my lessons and current events either online or in print form. Practice tests are multiple choice, essay, or open note to prepare for exams. Younger students need a little more encouragement so I would use a reward system for them. Any rewards would be discussed with the parent(s) in advance before implementation. As a tutor I welcome feedback from my students and parents. I will provide updates to the parents as needed to let them know how their child is progressing. I'm a lifelong learner and I'm currently working on my doctoral degree in higher education. I will always try to impress upon students that learning is a lifelong venture. There is always something new to learn. I ask that my students abide by my 24 hour cancellation policy but I will try to work with them if make-up sessions are needed. Learning is a team effort and I look forward to being a part of your child's team.
As a student my favorite subjects in school had anything to do with reading and history. I have always been an avid reader and as a child one of my favorite places to be was the public library. I enjoy art and decorating and try to do both in my spare time. I have always enjoyed working with young people and began as a babysitter in
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I have a degree in Political Science which I received in 1979 from Syracuse University. My goal with this major was to either go to law school or be involved in government and politics. While living in Washington New jersey I was going to run for town council but I received a job offer in Pittsburgh, PA
I have worked with students on studying techniques as an at risk tutor and student assistance specialist this included note taking, how to organize paperwork, the importance of using tests as a learning tool, organizing your work space and having the appropriate supplies including any books, notes, and writing utensils. Your work space should be quiet with minimal interruptions. Most important when a student was told that a test was due the importance of studying right away and studying chunks of material. Cramming is never a good way to study for an exam.
I have my masters degree in education, which I obtained in 2006. One of the qualifications for study at Union Institute and University was the proper amount of credits in history. In addition to my undergraduate courses in Political Science, I took additional courses in World and in US History. My masters degree was in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Social Studies grades 6-12.