Pittsburg State University (BS Elementary Ed)
I have always felt that the best teachers are born, not made. They see life as a learning experience and teaching others is an extension of that, regardless of whether the pupil is a colleague or a child. They integrate learning and teaching into their everyday life. Teaching is not a job, it becomes something as natural as breathing. That is certainly true for me. I have always been driven to learn more and to pass on that information to those around me. It is what propelled me to return to college to complete my teaching degree after a brief hiatus to become a wife and mother. I honestly believe that being a mom of four children before finishing college is what has made me the teacher I am today. It is one thing to enjoy babysitting for neighbors or relatives, but it is an entirely different ballgame when you have children of your own. It made me appreciate how important my role as a teacher was going to be to my students and to their families. It has allowed me to view my students as part of my family. In fact, I always refer to them as "my kids at school" rather than "my students". I care for them as much as I do my own children.
I entered North Central Missouri College immediately after high school, however, I married young and quit school to begin a family. It was not until my oldest daughter, a first grader, wanted to know why good grades and college was so important if I didn't finish college. That was my motivation to return and finish my degree. I attended Crowder College for one year, completing my Associate's Degree. I then transferred to Pittsburg State University (formerly Kansas Teacher's College) to complete my Bachelor's Degree in Early/Late Childhood Education and also began a Special Education minor, but was unable to complete it in time with my major. I was inducted into the transfer student honor society of Tau Sigma and served as secretary during my Senior year. In December of 2009 I graduated, now a mother of 4, and was looking forward to a classroom of my own. In 2012, I moved to Richland Center, Wisconsin and have spent the past three years teaching at a private Christian school that uses the Bob Jones curriculum as well as Saxon math at the elementary levels.
I specialize in all subjects of Elementary Education and some high school subjects such as English, Reading, Algebra, and History. As a reflective personality, I am always interested in feedback to improve my performance. If I am to continue to grow as a teacher and an individual I must be able to accept criticism as well as compliments. Both serve to make me a more effective teacher.
I am flexible in the evenings and on the weekends. During the school day I am unavailable as I am in the classroom, however, summer I will be free to assist with any tutoring a student might need. I would also be comfortable developing an part-time tutoring curriculum to to help prevent summer loss and give your student a jump on the following school year.
I have listed a two hour cancellation policy as I know how last minute situations can arise, especially in a large family, however, I do request as much advance notice as possible. This also makes it easier to reschedule a session if necessary. I am willing to tutor online via email, messaging or skype. Within a 20 mile radius of my home, I am willing to tutor in your home or at the public library.
I have a poster in my room that says, "If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you!" I emphasize this to my kids every day and look forward to helping you stay determined and reach your educational goals.
I have always felt that the best teachers are born, not made. They see life as a learning experience and teaching others is an extension of that, regardless of whether the pupil is a colleague or a child. They integrate learning and teaching into their everyday life. Teaching is not a job, it becomes something as natural as breathing. That is
I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Pittsburg State University in Early/Late Childhood Education.
I have taught both print handwriting and cursive handwriting to my students over the past 3 years.
I have taught phonics at the first and second grade levels using the Bob Jones curriculum.