The University of Akron (Ohio) (Secondary Education)
Grand Canyon University (Master's)
I have been so fortunate in my career to have the opportunity to work in many capacities as a teacher, mentor, and FBLA and DECA Adviser. During my last five years in teaching, I ran STAR (Success Thru Automated Resources) Lab, which was a credit recovery program in my school which focused on 11th- and 12th-grade students who were behind in credits and faced possible delayed graduation. Although students worked at their own pace in my classroom , I was available for one-on-one tutoring in a variety of subjects on an as-needed basis to help students understand material and assist students in study skills and test-taking strategies.
For students who chose to pursue their GED, I provided practice tests and tutoring in a supportive and non-threatening environment prior to the regulated testing. I have been so fortunate in my career to have the opportunity to work in many capacities as a teacher, mentor, and FBLA and DECA Adviser. During my last five years in teaching, I ran STAR (Success Thru Automated Resources) Lab, which was a credit recovery program in my school which focused on 11th- and 12th-grade students who were behind in
Twenty of my years of teaching was involved with Career Development in which I had the pleasure of teaching Business and Marketing Classes. I also was the Adviser for DECA (An Association of Marketing Students for high school students) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America (also high school) who compete on a District, State, and National level is business and marketing-related topics.
Besides teaching business and marketing classes, I worked in industry in Personnel for a major Steel Company in Ohio which adds an extra dimension to my knowledge base.
The last four years of teaching, I administered pre-GED tests to students and adults in my school district. For those that did not pass the pre-test, I provided individual tutoring for students so they felt more confident when taking their GED tests.
After obtaining my Masters Degree in Learning and Teaching from Grand Canyon University in May 2008, my teaching assignment was changed to work with primarily at-risk students in a credit-recovery program in my school. Having small classroom of only 13 - 15 students allowed me to work on a more individual basis with my students including working on organizing their classroom material, how to study as well as what to study, and tutoring on individual subjects as needed.
Although my exposure to working with students was primarily in the high school setting, I feel that my ability to connect with students at any age level is a very transferable skill.