B.S. University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Tech and adult ed)
The University of Tennessee Knoxville (Master's)
I have taught students K - 12 in the U.S. and U.K., as well as on a college level, in private and public schools; have taught home-school students as well. I have an undergraduate degree in technical and adult education, a master's degree in special education, and a Ph.D. in education. While working full-time as executive director of a nonprofit, I taught at local colleges because of my love of teaching. Tutoring provides a one-on-one opportunity to get to know students better, to identify their learning styles and needs, and to modify curriculum and teaching materials to their needs. A five-month teaching experience in Northern Wales provided additional opportunities to learn new ways of teaching. Also, for almost 30 years I helped teachers learn how to use technology to reach students with disabilities or those who have unique learning needs.
I live with my husband on a 30-acre farm, with many wild and domesticated animals. We raise food for sale in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), with my part being herbs. I also volunteer in the community, am learning to play the piano (after not touching it for 40 years), play the autoharp, and enjoy the opera.
Background in teaching, K - 12, and college level subjects, including math, computer science, programming, statistics, and other math-related subjects such as accounting and economics.
I look forward to meeting potential students, getting to know them, and helping them love to learn new things. I have taught students K - 12 in the U.S. and U.K., as well as on a college level, in private and public schools; have taught home-school students as well. I have an undergraduate degree in technical and adult education, a master's degree in special education, and a Ph.D. in education. While working full-time as executive director of a nonprofit,
I have a B.S. in Technical and Adult Education and an M.S. in Special Education, with certification to teach middle and high school. My Ph.D. work focused on the culture of disability. I taught middle and high school in the U.S. and U.K. for 6 years (computer skills, accounting, government, economics, humanities, and math), and then became a consultant to IBM, Mattel, and school systems across the U.S. During the last 27 years, I have worked beside teachers in K-12 classrooms, with students, and with parents, helping them learn how to make curriculum accessible, working with developers of new products designed for students with disabilities, and helping individual students succeed in school through modifications of teaching materials. I have 48 semester hours on subjects as varied as teaching reading, psychology, teaching students with hearing, learning, and language disabilities, plus 18 semester hours of research on teaching (not counting doctoral research). Most of the students I’ve worked with have had learning disabilities, including dyslexia and dysgraphia, Asperger’s Syndrome, and autism. I have also been fortunate to work with and learn from some of the leading researchers in the U.S. on best practices for teaching students with a variety of disabilities. Personally, I have an adult son with learning disabilities and autism who now lives independently.