Bob Jones University (Elementary Education)
Akron University (Graduate Coursework)
Malone University (Graduate Coursework)
I am the mother of 3 daughters and 1 son of whom 2 are married, 2 are in college, and the youngest is a rising junior in high school. I had the privilege of staying home for twelve years to raise my own children and homeschooling them for 6 of those years. They have all been honor students and my 3 that have graduated high school earned significant scholarships for college. I have taught all elementary subjects on contract in both public and private schools (Grades 4-6) and substitute taught for 4 years (Grades K-8). I most recently taught 4th Grade Math and Science at John B. Dey Elementary School (Virginia Beach City Public Schools) during the 2015-16 school year. I enjoy assisting students of all ages in mastering content in Bible, reading, grammar, writing, vocabulary, math, history, and science.
I will initially meet with parents to discuss concerns and determine the best course of action. For tutoring lessons I prefer to meet at a local library, as this allows the child to focus on the lesson without distraction. The library also offers a variety of materials to choose from, affording the student some autonomy in materials selected to accomplish our goals. I will meet with the student on a more informal basis for the first lesson, so the student and I may get to know one another and discuss where he or she sees him or herself academically. We will discuss what each lesson will encompass and assignments to be completed at home. I will test the student on our second visit and discuss results with parents to determine how often we need to meet to help the student master content not yet mastered, materials we will use, and individual assignments to be completed at home. I believe two 90-minute sessions per week is best to ensure ongoing concentration on the objective at hand. One hour tends to cut short sufficient time to provide valuable input and allow for effective practice.
I have taught 4-6 Grade Math and use a hands-on approach that places manipulatives in the students' hands and allows them to "see" how the numbers are moving and interacting. Many students who struggle to master content fall into what I call "Circuit Breaker Syndrome," where the numbers in a given problem just swirl before them like a confusing, unsolvable puzzle. When I pull those puzzle pieces down in front of my students, and allow them to actually "experience" the problem, they begin to see what is happening within the equation and find ways to solve the problem. They are less intimidated by manipulatives than the written equation and are better equipped to break down and solve difficult math problems.
My love of reading and word meanings tends to be infectious. Encouraging a child to delve into the world of stories and discover all the places one can visit in a book is to help a child master many different subjects in one story. The number of books available on any subject, at any place, during any time period advances the child's knowledge significantly. They are more likely to retain information gained when they read about it. To love to read is to travel through time and space and walk with great authors, historians, scientists, mathematicians, musicians, physicians, dentists, political activists, philanthropists, and missionaries, or meet countless heroes or villains. Reading is the catalyst to everything in life. No matter what a child chooses to embrace, whatever path he or she chooses to follow, reading will take them where they want to go. When children master and come to enjoy reading, entire worlds open to them and they are able to embark upon a journey they could never otherwise experience.
I would love to assist your child in finding joy in learning, whatever the subject may be. I would love to help him or her view learning as an opportunity to discover all that life has to offer. I would be thrilled to help them become self-educators with the desire to gain more and more knowledge. Knowledge is power: power to succeed, power to impact others, power to bring positive change to the world around you. I am the mother of 3 daughters and 1 son of whom 2 are married, 2 are in college, and the youngest is a rising junior in high school. I had the privilege of staying home for twelve years to raise my own children and homeschooling them for 6 of those years. They have all been honor students and my 3 that have graduated high school earned
$150.00 for TWO 90-minute sessions per week
I attended Bible college and completed semester courses in Old Testament Survey, New Testment Survey, Romans, Acts, and Hebrews. I have read and studied Scripture for over 40 years, attended countless Bible Studies, taught Sunday School for 28 years, taught and led Jr. Church services (80 students, 3-5th Grades) for 4 years, and worked for 2 years with the Youth Group. I worked for Child Evangelism of Ohio full-time for 2 summers during my college years, and led a college weekend outreach program for 2 years.
I have read commentaries by Matthew Henry, John Darby, William Barclay, Charles Spurgeon, and C.I. Schofield. I have been a long-time reader of daily devotionals written by C.H. Surgeon, Oswald Chambers, and Henry Blackaby, gleaning much knowledge from their insights. Elizabeth Eliot, Amy Carmichael, Beth Moore, and Priscilla C. Shirer are among my favorite female writers/speakers.
I am blessed to have gone to college with and been included in many Bible-based studies and conversations with 3 of my brothers and many of their classmates who majored in Biblical Studies. Studying and helping others understand Scripture is my greatest joy in life.
I hold an active VA Teaching License for Grades 1-6 and English 7-8. I have taught all subjects for Grades 4-6 and replaced an 8th Grade English Teacher who was out on sick leave for the last quarter of the 2013-14 school year.