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Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary (CounselingPsychology)
Eastern Illinois University (Master's)
Indiana University, Bloomington (Master's)
Having had the opportunity to direct a residential girl scout camp the summer in between my masters program at Eastern Illinois and beginning my doctoral work at Indiana University where I was able to teach various classes of undergraduate 'how to teach' in their educational psychology class, I have had a large scope of teaching and facilitating opportunities.
Likewise I have worked with the materials used to teach special needs and disabilities. My own dyslexic issues have made me sensitive to that particular way of seeing the world and I count such differences strengths as well as 'disabilities' because every time someone sees things a way most others don't they are able to see things others might miss. This is a fact mostly overlooked when dealing with what are labeled 'disabilities'. I try to help students see that while labels are usually seen as limiting they should also be recognized as assets because they enable insights the majority don't have.
I've tutored students learning English as a second language, elementary students with significant learning disabilities and taught groups in between via various less traditional manners. I love teaching as much as anything else I have done professionally, and am very sensitive to the need to first learn from a student how he/she learns before heading into a new territory of knowledge.
Having had the opportunity to direct a residential girl scout camp the summer in between my masters program at Eastern Illinois and beginning my doctoral work at Indiana University where I was able to teach various classes of undergraduate 'how to teach' in their educational … Read more
I was born in Burundi, Africa where my parents were missionaries. I lived in the US growing up as a preacher's kid. I went to church as was the practice in my family; over time, the door was opened. Two of the three colleges I attended as an undergrad were faith-based and I was required to take faith-based coursework in them. I taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school growing up. I have wrestled with the morality of the death penalty when working as a mitigation specialist and argued both for and against passive resistance on a Biblical basis. My first husband was a minister, I taught our youth program for that church. When I divorced him I held a singles divorce group that was Biblically based. I grew up Protestant and now attend a Catholic parish. The context of the old testament vs the new and its historical implications of the culture and setting intrigue me and I've explored their implications on the meanings we hear from pulpits today. They are often mistaken in their presentation. Judaism invests great efforts respecting the old testament and preserves the cultural heritage of Christianity and I find it beautiful in its pure effort to do so. The Messianic Jewish church works to bring that commitment together with the belief in Christ as the risen Lord. I have not been to seminary but my father is an incredibly detailed and dedicated student who graduated from seminary with a complete appreciation for the constant study of the Bible and taught me to read it along with concordances and study it for the purpose of living in the knowledge of its meaning. I view it both historically and personally relevant to our culture and the world's evolution and as an individual framework for finding meaning in one's own journey through life.
Though now lapsed, I held a sanitation license in IL about ten years ago from a restaurant management program I went through. That program also taught nutrition, cooking, management, food service and presentation, and commercial preparation. I oversaw the kitchen for a camp that fed over 200 for an eleven week program during the summer. I currently am restoring a historic home as a bed and breakfast and as such do the cooking for the guests at their morning meal and evening hors d'oeuvres.
I took criminal justice classes as part of my undergrad work at Eastern IL University, have been through Clarence Durrow's Death Penalty School at DePaul, worked as a mitigation specialist and witness preparation specialist and taken part in various first degree murder cases. At Vanderbilt University while working in Nashville, I sat in on their Death Penalty class in the School of Law. I've used Nexus Lexis, CaseMap and other software programs designed for the legal profession and am familiar with the process of jury selection, and complexity in trying cases fairly and how social media can affect what takes place on the inside of a courtroom. I helped begin what is now the Center for Women at Northwestern's Center on Wrongful Convictions. And I have done speaking engagements on behalf of innocence work at a variety of law schools in the midwest as well.