Piedmont Technical College (Computer Technology)
My name is Mary and I love being a tutor. I have helped many students achieve their goals and helped them make better grades in any subject they needed help with at the time. I attended Francis Hugh Wardlaw Academy from kindergarten on up to the twelfth grade. I graduated with honors and then I started attending college at Piedmont Technical College. I wanted to go for a teaching degree in early childhood education, and I received an Associate of Arts and a General Studies certificate first. During this time, I signed up to be a tutor to help people with math. I graduated from there in December 2002.
Then I wanted to pursue my degree further, and I transferred to University of South Carolina Aiken. I went there and took a bunch of classes that had nothing to do with my field of study because I had to pass the Praxis test first to get into the education program. I passed two sections, but never could get over the third hump. So instead of wasting my time there taking unnecessary classes, they said I could transfer to Lander University in Greenwood and some people will tutor me in the section that I needed to pass and that I can try and take the Praxis test again. I have trouble with reading comprehension. It has been confirmed because that was the section that I never could pass, and I was just wasting money.
In 2007, my mom had to have major surgery because it was precancerous. I had to make the choice to stay in school or risk losing my mom. Well, I sacrificed school because I can't replace my mom, so I dropped out. After my mom had her surgery, I had to help her around the house because she could not lift or bend for a long time.
While my mom was recovering, I started to do some research because I felt that it was God telling me I needed to find another field and not be a teacher. In my research, I found Computer Technology with an emphasis in Internet Concentration. I absolutely fell in love with it. This allowed me to be creative, and I put in a simple code, and whatever I said to do popped up on the screen correctly. I made excellent marks and had a wonderful GPA. In fact, I was the highest GPA in Edgefield County, and I received a plaque for my hard work. I received the title of Magnum Cum Laude when I graduated in May 2009 from Piedmont Technical College with an Associate's degree in Computer Technology and an Advanced Web Development certificate.
After graduation, my boyfriend at the time asked me to marry him. While we were planning our wedding, I was trying to find a job in my field. I had some luck. I found a job with Driveline Retail that allowed me to go to all the retail stores and help them with their planograms, setting up new displays, changing out greeting cards, and stocking shelves with new products. This lasted for about a year and a half. I also signed up to be a tutor for Piedmont Technical College in 2009. I've managed to keep that job.
Then I found a job at Urban Outfitters in the receiving department second shift. This didn't last long. I was only there for three months because they decided to get rid of the second shift people and place us in other departments or let some people go. I was not chosen, so I quit searching and just went ahead and married my fiance on March 17th, 2012.
We started looking for jobs again and went to a job fair at the Greenwood Mall, and I found Avon. I signed up with them and stayed with them for about a year, but I was paying more than I was making and then Piedmont Technical College had an opening for someone to help in the public computer lab. Finally, a job pertaining to my field. I jumped at it and applied for the job, and I was chosen to be a Clerical Specialist, and I still was a tutor. Then my husband wanted to move from our home in Edgefield to his hometown of 96 into his grandparents' home, and I had to quit my job in Edgefield, but I was still able to tutor at the main campus of PTC in Greenwood. We moved there in June 2014. I moved back to my hometown of Edgefield in November 2014.
I can teach any level with no problem. If I am helping the young children, I will make it fun and challenging, but if its high school, college, or adults. I will have worksheets and explain it in terms they will understand. I have taught Sunday school grades 1,2,3 and 4,5,6 at my church. I have also taught a class of students for Vacation Bible School at my church as well.
I love to see people's faces light up when they grasp the concept of what they are learning. When they catch on, I feel I have done my job properly by explaining in detail and in words they can understand. I show them examples and walk through each step of the process, and I will not move on to the next section until the student feels comfortable. I will encourage them to ask questions no matter how stupid they think it is, because every question is important. I will take my time with each and every student, and be very patient with them. I will meet wherever they want to me, but I prefer somewhere public like a library, restaurant, or school building.
I love having the one-on-one attention with the student, and I would love to become their friend and someone they can rely on and talk to when they are having problems. I would also get their personal contact information like phone number and address, and maybe even their birthday. With this information, I would write them letters or send them cards, if I no longer tutor them, and see how they are doing. I will always think about them at all times and call them by their names. I can't wait to begin this new challenge in my life. My name is Mary and I love being a tutor. I have helped many students achieve their goals and helped them make better grades in any subject they needed help with at the time. I attended Francis Hugh Wardlaw Academy from kindergarten on up to the twelfth grade. I graduated with honors and then I started attending college at Piedmont Technical
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