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University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies (Liberal Arts)
University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies (Enrolled)
My name is Susan and I am a Special Education teacher for Hanover County Public Schools. My specialty is teaching social skills to teenagers who have Autism Spectrum Disorder at any level. I see Autism as an ABILITY, not a disability.
I graduated in May 2010 from the University of Richmond's School of Continuing Studies with a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts, magna cum laude. I love learning and have an enthusiasm for soaking up knowledge which is contagious! I love books and am quite proficient in all Microsoft Office applications. I can help with college papers, as I am very comfortable with MLA and APA formats. I also have a vast personal library that I would be happy to use in your personal curriculum. Learning is fun and I can show you that.
IMPORTANT: I spend summers away, so I am available starting at the beginning of the 2013/2014 school year. My name is Susan and I am a Special Education teacher for Hanover County Public Schools. My specialty is teaching social skills to teenagers who have Autism Spectrum Disorder at any level. I see Autism as an ABILITY, not a disability.
I graduated in May 2010 from the University of
My daughter seems very happy with her tutoring. I really appreciate Susan's open communicative style with her. I sense all is well, thanks again.
I taught six teens with Level 1 autism in a public high school last year, and I teach ten teens with Asperger's syndrome in another public high school now. I am currently enrolled in the Teacher Licensure Program at University of Richmond and am trained on legal requirements and evaluations and assessments in Special Education. I see autism as an ability, versus a disability. Each student is different and I spend a lot of time building trust between us and keeping the learning on a reliable routine schedule.
Sometimes it's very difficult to decide what you want to be "when you grow up." Fortunately, we live in a place that allows us the flexibility to change our minds as many times as we want. In my personal library, I have books (and have read them all) that inspire and motivate people to be the best they can be. Some of those titles include "What Color is Your Parachute?", "Second Acts", "Life 101", "Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow", "The Adult Years", "Entrepreneurship", and "Working With Emotional Intelligence." I can tailor a plan using parts of these books and others to get you where you want to be.
After 30 years at the phone company, I have a thorough understanding of corporate politics and how to play that game. I write all my friends' resumes and have ghost-written plans that have won awards for a friend in the nursing occupation. Combine that with classes I have taken recently in pursuit of my Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts (ie. "Career and Life Development"), and you have a well-rounded teacher who will inspire you to do what will make your heart sing as your career.
I am an artist in my own right. I have not ever sold any of my work, but I have given it as gifts which were much appreciated. Drawing can be done with so many different mediums; charcoal, pencil, ink, chalk pastel, and others. My favorites are pencil drawing and chalk pastel artistry. I believe a student of drawing's success should be measured on his or her improvement, not his or her natural talent. As basic concepts are taught (shadowing, depth, etc.) they should become a natural part of a student's work. I took two drawing/painting classes at University of Richmond most recently and improved greatly myself! I also watched each of my classmates progress during the semesters, so anyone can learn to draw.
During my time as a student at University of Richmond's School of Continuing Studies (2004-2010), I took advantage of several classes that fine-tuned my presentation and speaking skills. During my 30-year career at the phone company, I had the good fortune to be trained by the best in facilitation skills, which allowed me to earn 3 college credits for writing a "Training Design and Facilitation" portfolio. Some of the classes that helped me were Interpersonal Communication, Business Communication, Career and Life Development, Intercultural Communication, and Communication in Leadership. I've been video taped and critiqued by peers, work superiors, professors, and speech center consultants so I know what it means to give an A+ presentation.