Vanderbilt University (English,French,Russi)
Vanderbilt University (PhD)
Indiana University, Bloomington (Other)
I am a veteran teacher having taught in public schools for almost 50 years. I have a great love for learning and an equally strong love of teaching. I have taught primarily in secondary school: French, Russian and English. I taught for two years at Auburn University and also two years at George Peabody College for Teachers. At Peabody, I taught the methods and materials class for the foreign language student teachers and supervised their practice teaching. I much prefer middle school or high school. Unfortunately, I have no elementary school experience but think I could teach younger students effectively. One year I taught kindergarten French and enjoyed that teaching.
I have a passion for teaching middle and high school aged students. I enjoy their freshness, their growing, their blossoming intellects as well as their tendency to be candid. I have tutored some since I retired and have found it satisfying and enjoyable. As a retiree I find myself without anything productive to do. One can only play so many games without it's becoming tiring. I think I would enjoy tutoring and would try to be successful at it. Thank you for your consideration.
I am a successful foreign language teacher because I am fascinated by languages and our abilities to express ourselves in many different ways. Also, I believe that learning a foreign language gives a student excellent training in comprehension of grammar and structure as well as vocabulary. Generally, a student's English improves markedly when he/she learns a second language. Also his/her general knowledge increases greatly. I am communicative in French and in Russian. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching and a PhD in Russian. I have studied in France twice and in the former Soviet Union twice. I have made efforts to contact visitors and emigres from France and Francophone countries and the former Soviet Union partly so that I would have the chance to speak with them as well as the pleasure of getting to know people from different cultures. Several years ago we had an exchange program with Rostov on Don and I took eleven teenagers to Russia and eleven Rostovians came to Chattanooga. In the state of Tennessee, I was a level three professional teacher.
One must know one's own language well before teaching a second language. I have a thorough knowledge of English grammar and structure and a strong vocabulary. I have read vociferously all my life and have enjoyed American and British literature as well as literature from other countries. When I was in high school I began helping graduate students at Vanderbilt proof read their theses and dissertations. (My parents both worked at Vanderbilt.) I have not had a lot of experience with helping students prepare for the ACT nor the SAT but I am familiar with standardized tests and believe I could become acquainted with the form and certainly assist students in preparing for the ACT, SAT, and other tests. I tend to learn well.
Learning can be fun and interesting even if it is challenging. I am a retired teacher and should be able to meet students' schedules conveniently for them. Students who study with me will not only improve their grades and their knowledge but will also benefit from what I have learned in my 50 years of teaching. I have taught various levels of French, Russian, and English. Also I have taught different levels and ages of students. Most of all, I enjoy learning and teaching as well as getting to know students . Students teach me a lot about learning, teaching and life in general as I teach them. Actually, we follow a path together and learn from each other. Learning is a very rewarding experience. Join me in a learning adventure. I am a veteran teacher having taught in public schools for almost 50 years. I have a great love for learning and an equally strong love of teaching. I have taught primarily in secondary school: French, Russian and … Read more
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I have a PhD in Russian language and culture from Vanderbilt University. I have studied and traveled in the former Soviet Union three times. The first time, I was part of a group of French speaking students. The second time was through Indiana University. It was an NDEA institute for teachers. The third time, I chaperoned a group of eleven students from the school where I taught in Chattanooga to a school in Rostov on Don, Russia. We attended classes, lived in students' homes, and toured many sites. In turn, eleven students and a teacher came to spend a month with my students. I have taught Russian in both high school and college.