College of William and Mary (English)
College of William and Mary (MEd)
Can you remember your favorite teacher? Most of mine were English teachers, so I majored in English at William and Mary. When I graduated from college, I continued my education, earning a M.Ed. from William and Mary and becoming a certified English teacher. I worked in Isle of Wight County, Newport News, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth as a teacher or substitute teacher. I tutored part-time when I worked in Portsmouth. After I had my first child, I quit teaching and eventually home-schooled my children. Currently, I have a sophomore in college, a senior, a freshman, a middle school student, and an elementary school student at home.
As a homeschool mom, I have found a group that equips its tutors with training, so I have been able to attend teacher training for the last nine years. I have also taken classes at the community college to keep my mind sharp. But the best training I have has come from tackling Algebra I with my oldest son. As I was helping him with Algebra I, I began taking notes and working beside him on every problem. After doing this for a few years, I began to understand the concepts so well that I actually began to (gasp) enjoy math.
I am currently accepting students for tutoring in Algebra I and English - Literature, Composition, and Grammar. I use the Lost Tools of Writing and/or Institute for Excellence in Writing as source materials for teaching Writing. I use an old Grammar book, Warriner's, to teach Grammar.
I have tutored Pre-algebra and Algebra I for six years. I have a program called Saxon Teacher, a resource I use if I need help finding a good explanation for a concept. As a teacher, I make sure that I understand the concept from the beginning to its final application so that I can explain not only how a concept relates to something a student already knows, but also what to do for a particular problem, and how a concept fits in the big picture of math, which makes it important to learn.
English is a passion of mine. When I was in high school, I would learn my parts on my musical instrument so that I could read while my band teacher worked with individual sections. I love literature, grammar, and especially writing. I became an English major my junior year in college, so I had to take three English classes a semester to graduate. This involved reading over 15 books and writing over 25 papers in the 13-week semester. I enjoyed every minute of it, did well, and never missed a class. I taught English for six years before I had children, and I have continued to teach English as a homeschool teacher.
I am available to tutor most evenings, and some mornings. Please contact me if you are looking for an English, Pre-algebra, or Algebra tutor so that we can schedule a lesson. Can you remember your favorite teacher? Most of mine were English teachers, so I majored in English at William and Mary. When I graduated from college, I continued my education, earning a M.Ed. from William and Mary and becoming a certified English teacher. I worked in Isle of Wight County, Newport News, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth as a teacher or
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