No matter what field students pursue, study skills, reading comprehension, and writing proficiency are critical. I've taught Junior High and High School for one of Washington's largest school districts, and also taught at Bellevue College, North Seattle Community College, Renton Technical College, and ESL students, as well as private tutoring. I have experience with a variety of ages, including adults. I focus on the skills, but do so in a gentle and easy-going way that lets everyone be co... [more]
Reading means so much more than just seeing words on a page. Word choices, understanding how words are developed, knowing what punctuation means, are all part of the reading process, and will help with comprehension. In addition, there are skills and hints that can help students understand what they read and grasp the meanings easier. I've worked with elementary students up to business executives with reading skills and comprehension, and enjoy it tremendously.
There are different ways of writing - essays, research papers, journal, news, academic. Each requires a different perspective and way of writing. I have personal experience with all these forms of writing, and I've taught writing skills to students from elementary school through adult business executives.
English is so important to all school success. Whether it is writing, reading, interpreting, or relating to other subjects, the study skills, organizational thinking and even the structure of sentences can be important to all other subjects. I love English and I love helping someone understand it better. I can provide references.
I am currently finalizing my dissertation for my PhD in Psychology.
I have worked in public school systems as an elementary school teacher, grades k through 6. Working with this age group can be quite fun, as most are eager to learn and respond well to learning games and activities. My experience covers the usual elementary teaching, from early math, reading and comprehension, and beginning history, to music and art.
I've taught study skills to students from junior high level all the way to business executives. Success involves the ability to prioritize, recognize the most important parts to learn, set achievable goals, and frequent review. With organization and some basic skills, anyone can improve the results of their study.
As a practical matter, I worked for the King County, WA probation dept. for several years, interviewing, assessing, and writing recommendations based upon state statutes and administrative law for sentencing for misdemeanants. Academically, I had courses in criminal justice programs and procedures when I was getting my masters degree, and am a member of Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts, and organization for educating family courts and ancillary court personnel. In addition, I have specialized training in family courts and child custody provided by the King County, WA Bar Assn.
I've been doing needlework and hand arts for many years. In addition to basic hand and machine sewing, I've also drafted patterns and made alterations in ready-to-wear, and done extensive quilting. I spin my own yarn, too. The decorative needle arts also are part of my daily life. Needlepoint, bargello, embroidery, crewel work, cross stitch, bobbin lace making, tatting, needle lace, and trapunto round out my needlework experience. I love to teach what I know.