Regis University, Denver, Colorado (Psychology)
Simpson University, Redding, CA (MEd)
My love of teaching is based on the immense satisfaction I find in seeing understanding blossom and love of learning grow in my students. As a summa cum laude graduate, I know how difficult and how rewarding hard work can be. I have been a certified classroom teacher in middle and high schools as well as college, both full time and as a substitute. I have also tutored students privately and in small groups as well as volunteering as an adult literacy teacher. What I love most about tutoring is that the student and I can develop a personalized learning plan that targets specific problem areas. tutoring also allows me to work with the student at a time and place convenient for the student and in a non-competitive environment so that all our focus is on helping the student move forward.
English has always been one of my favorite subjects, second only to history. Whether I am writing or engaging in public speaking, I enjoy the rich vocabulary and precision of the language. I have found that skill in reading and writing is basic to success in all other subjects and discovered that I have an affinity for students who struggle with these skills. In my teaching experiences, I have learned to meet students at their current skill level and guide them to a targeted outcome. In this process, students are challenged and supported in equal measure so that they gain confidence in their new skills.
I have taught English grammar and literature, reading, writing from elementary level through college. Much of my experience has also been with students from different national or ethnic groups or whose first language is other than English.
I have been working with Common Core for the past year with my local reading, writing, and math students.
My love of teaching is based on the immense satisfaction I find in seeing understanding blossom and love of learning grow in my students. As a summa cum laude graduate, I know how difficult and how rewarding hard work can be. I have been a certified classroom teacher in middle and high schools as well as college, both full time and as a
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Phonics was part of my teacher training under the California Reading Initiative. Under that Initiative, passing the RICA exam was a requirement. I have used that knowledge extensively in my classrooms and am using it currently with local elementary students. One of the tools I use now with elementary students is the Spectrum Phonics graded workbook series.
During the three years I taught remedial English in a technical college, the first week was spent teaching study skills. Those lessons included scheduling study time, arranging a quiet study area, reading for information, note taking, and several other items of importance. These are skills that I used extensively while working on my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I include some of those lessons with current tutoring students, depending on the student's grade level and need.