I currently am a certified teacher from K-9th grade and teach all elementary grade classes along with Middle school and some high school Math classes. I also have an undergraduate degree from DePaul University in Chicago in Accounting and I also took a number of extra math classes. I have also been a substitute school teacher in the Valley View School District which has schools in Bolingbrook and Romeoville, IL. I have taught Elementary, Middle and High School for the past five years. I h... [more]

Algebra 1

The studying of algebra can seem confusing to some since there are a large number of mathematical terms involved in doing this kind of work. The way I teach and tutor algebra is simple. You first have to figure out what the question is looking for then go step by step making sure you write everything down and then coming to the correct answer. I would work at the student's pace and make sure they understand the basics since you do a large amount of work with equations which are problems with an equal sign in them. There is a bunch of adding, subtracting multiplying and dividing in these problems. My substitute teaching experience in two different school districts one for six years and the other for two years along with my pre teaching undergraduate degree in Accounting helps me understand what is involved and filter this down to my students so they understand what the problem is they are trying to figure out.

American History

I enjoy reading about and teaching history especially American History since there is so many interesting things that have happened. Most of the things that have happened affect us some how today and it is important to learn about these events and see how they impact us at the current time.

Vocabulary

I enjoy learning new words and look at the web site dictionary.com since they give a new word every day to learn and to use. It is important to use different words and not always say big or good and try some other different, better or not often used words.

Geometry

As a substitute teacher in two different school districts working in one for six years and one for two years and being a recently certified K-9 teacher I always enjoy teaching Geometry. It is the one Math subject where you get to use three dimensional shapes, work with lies and shapes and triangles and parallel and perpendicular lines. You also get to draw triangles and angles and measure them with a protractor. I cannot draw at all but working in Geometry is always fun and is easy once you understand the basics and realize that formulas are involved to figure out area, perimeter and volume.

Prealgebra

As a tutor who specializes in Math, Prealgebra is a Math topic that you have to work at one step at a time. Some problems or equations may look hard but if you take each problem and do one thing at a time and write it down it becomes much easier to handle. As a Math tutor this is how I approach all topics and prealgebra is no different. I am also a recently certified teacher eagerly searching for a teaching position. As a substitute teacher for the past six years, I always enjoy teaching Math in either elementary or even middle school. It is fun for me and I try to show my enthusiasm and enjoyment whenever I teach any subject in Math.

Reading

As a substitute teacher in two different school districts, there are a large number of jobs that are able to be chosen in a given time period. Since I know Reading is one of the most important, if not the most important, subjects to learn and to teach, I often take a job as a Reading teacher. This position gives me the opportunity to work with a small group of children and help them improve their reading skills. I realize how important reading is, and want to help anyone and everyone I can to read better, which will help them to better understand what they are reading and begin to enjoy it.

Geography

I have always had an interest in learning about different countries and what they produce and where they are located. I also have been able to travel around the world and have been to Australia, Mexico, Canada, Tahiti, Hong Kong and forty (40) of the fifty states. I have a map of the world in my computer room and look at it every day and try to learn something new about the world.

Elementary Math

I enjoy teaching all types of Math and want Math to be fun when I teach it. I use a large number of manipulatives or hands on devices to get the point across. Math is not hard you just have to take everything one step at a time and be slow and steady.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am a certified K-9 teacher looking for a full time elementary teaching job. I have substitute taught for six years in district 365U, Bolingbrook/Romeoville and for two years in district 204, Naperville/Aurora. I work almost exclusively at the elementary school age level but have tutored a home schooled seventh grader for more than six months meeting 2-3 times per week. I enjoy working with and seeing children succeed while working on a problem and finding the correct answer.

Study Skills

I am a recently certified teacher for grades K-9 and have substitute taught for over five years in one district and more than one year in another school district. I have also done some tutoring with two different students for more than six months with each of them. I have worked with a large number of different types of children with a large variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and have always found a way to help them. There are a number of different ways to teach someone how to study. The best way to do this is to talk to them and see which way they think would work best for them and then try a couple of different styles. They may need to use different methods for different subjects but repetition is always the best way to go.

Praxis

A number of years ago when I first decided to become a teacher it had been more than 20 years since I had been in school. I went to the library and checked out three different full practice tests on three different occasions to prepare myself for the actual test and passed the Praxis test with very high marks on my first try.

Social Studies

I am a substitute teacher in two different school districts and always enjoy teaching Social Studies in whatever grade it is. I enjoy reading about the past and the interesting things that happened and thoroughly learned a large number of things while discussing the past with my students. I have learned a large amount during these interactions and have engaged in numerous discussions with the students in my classrooms. I always try to read up about the particular topic we will be working on and since I have a fondness for this subject I remember a large number of interesting facts about important people, places and events that took place. It shows when you like a particular subject and Social Studies is one of those subjects for me. I have fun when I teach it and I know my students always learn something when we discuss the days events.

Common Core

Being a certified K-9th-grade teacher since 2010 before Common Core began and substitute teaching in two different school districts has kept me involved with all the Common Core Standards required in Elementary, Middle and High School. I have also tutored many children in many different cities around the country via online tutoring which also keeps me informed about working with the Common Core Standards.