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Central Washington University (Education-History)
Central Washington University (Graduate Coursework)
Central Washington University (Graduate Coursework)
I am a trained reading consultant having taught school employees the Read Right method. I saw amazing results and I saw it happen much faster than I could have imagined. I saw a high school student who stuttered and it completely went away. I saw students who were school troublemakers become engaged and begin to understand what they read and what the teacher's questions meant. I saw students begin to share in class discussions whereas before they were reluctant to share or simply just not do it. I am telling it was pretty cool!
I have taught at all levels but more at the high school level than any other. I have been a principal in a private school. I have many years of experience which has allowed me to figure a way to connect with a student. I read people very well and usually very quickly. This helps me to understand the student's world and what is important to them. Therefore, I can adjust my personality and approach to get the student motivated. It is said of me, "When Mike teaches, people learn." I love to see students begin to believe in themselves and believe they can do it!
As described above I have traveled the United States teaching staff the Read Right method of reading. I have never seen an educational program be as effective as this was and is. I was astonished at the success and how fast it came. Therefore, I would now consider reading to be an area where I am very well prepared to help students.
My love for history combined with my enthusiastic personality and the ability to get students to be critical thinkers has made me a successful history teacher. I have traveled the United States as a public speaker and therefore have seen many of the places which are discussed in American History.
I have played, coached and currently officiate volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball. I know my sport well and can still play all of them. I did play at the collegiate level as well.
I have a B.A. degree from Central Washington University. My major was history, minor was Speech with an emphasis in coaching and Traffic Safety Education. I completed my 5th year at Central as well and received my Standard Teaching Certificate from Central. That certificate is valid and endorsed for all grades and all subjects. I have another year of post graduate work at Nazarene Theological Seminary which is in Kansas City, MO. I took Bible courses, music leadership and working with children courses as well.
I am confident your child and I will "hit it off". Difficult students typically do not want to learn just because we as adults think it is important they do learn. The first step is to build a relationship with them. Once they consider you a person of value, they are much more likely to have a desire to listen and share and learn.
I have tutored with Sylvan Learning Centers in Snohomish, Washington. Usually there were three students at the table. Each one could be a different age and each one could be working on a different subject. That required me to be very organized and very flexible as I would need to keep track of each one making sure they were on task and I would need to adjust my vocabulary according to the age and skill level of the student. I would also take into account the personality of the student so that I could do my best to connect with them.
Other tutoring involved my time with Read Right as I would always model for my trainees how to go about doing a consultation to decide the level at which we would start a student. We did not want the student to become bored if we started at to low a level nor frustrated if we started them at a level to high for their ability. I then showed trainees how get students started, how to tutor them, how to troubleshoot when students ran into problems and how to handle students who were not on task or cooperating.
My wife and I also home schooled our four children for several years.
I welcome the opportunity to partner with you and your family to help your children pursue their dreams. I am a trained reading consultant having taught school employees the Read Right method. I saw amazing results and I saw it happen much faster than I could have imagined. I saw a high school student who stuttered and it completely went away. I saw students who were school troublemakers
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I began playing Little League and continued my play at the collegiate level. I coached tee ball and moved up to the high school varsity level. I have umpired for Little League and am currently a State of Washington WIAA certified baseball umpire. I know the rules, the fundamentals and the strategy. I still play once in a while.
I played basketball as a youngster and ended my career at the collegiate level. I have coached very young boys at the Boy's club and advanced to the high school varsity level. I have worked camps for NCAA Division 1 coaches and was offered a position on the staff of a college coach. I participated in the state tournament in high school. I currently officiate high school basketball and am the Assignor for my local association. I know the rules, the fundamentals and the strategy.