In my opinion, education is not something that you do for a relatively few years as a child, teenager or young adult. It's an adventure that will not be completed until that-day-that-shall-not-be-mentioned. As a tutor, I try to build a desire for lifelong learning in my students by encouraging them to engage in the world around them. This involves asking questions, thinking critically and "supposing" (thinking creatively). This doesn't look the same for everyone; I strongly feel that it is im... [more]
I have a BA in English with a concentration in teaching. I took classes in college that focused on reading and I have worked with a large group of students (early elementary through high school) in that area, all with measurable amounts of success. I tend to focus on phonics with the less-skilled students and comprehension with those who are more skilled, always adapting methods and goals to fit each student's needs.
I have worked with children of varying ages for the last 14 years. I am familiar with general elementary curriculum, as well as how to keep children engaged and on task. Specifically with this age group, I think that knowing why the material is necessary is as important as knowing the material itself.
As a lover of language, I believe that the building blocks of that language are essential. Phonics open up invaluable doors of communication and I take them very seriously. As an English major, I took linguistic classes and learned not only how words are formed, but how the sounds themselves are made.
I have played the piano for over 20 years, during many of which I taught myself. I have taken professional lessons and am currently pursuing more training. I know the basics of music theory, including how to read sheet music and lead sheets.
I have used Microsoft Outlook for several years and am very familiar with it. I am capable of managing folders and contacts, changing preferences, working with the calendar, and many other tasks. In addition, I am familiar with the Microsoft Help website, so if I do not already know the answer to a question, I know how to find it!
During the last four years, I have worked closely with Microsoft Publisher to create cards, fliers, posters, invitations and even pages in a school yearbook. I can navigate my way through this versatile program with ease.