Hi! I am an experienced and credentialed teacher in the state of California, with a background in computer information systems. In 2012, I published four books, which I am very excited about! I am currently working with other authors and illustrators to help them publish their works, as well as working on a few of my own. For many years I worked in the insurance industry, before pursuing my teaching credential. My love of teaching comes from a lifelong love of learning. As a master's gr... [more]
My experience with the suite of Microsoft Office programs ranges from personal to academic to professional business use. The programs I know best are Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher.
During my time as a Title 1 Teacher with Simi Valley Unified School District, I worked specifically with students who were struggling with Reading and Comprehension. This may have been due to learning disabilities or the fact that a student was a non-English speaker. As a Title 1 Teacher, I used research-based methods to help me reach all students at varying levels. For most of my students, this helped them improve their reading and comprehension, which they were able to carry over into other subjects and improve their grades overall.
Throughout college and beyond, I have written and edited hundreds of papers and manuscripts! I also am currently editing my Master's thesis for publication, and working on a book about the concept of grace. My published works include local articles and newsletter publications.
My experience with students who have learning disabilities extends as far back as my childhood. My older brother had severe ADHD, and my oldest son has mild ADHD and is autistic. As a Title 1 Teacher for Simi Valley Unified School District, some of the students I worked with in small groups had issues with focus and attention. I implemented research-based methods to help these students learn to focus in spurts, while allowing brief moments of inattention so they could release their pent-up energy. Most of my students told me that the way I taught them helped them in their regular classroom.
Throughout college and beyond, I have written and edited hundreds of papers and manuscripts! I am also currently editing my master's thesis for publication, and working on a book about the concept of grace. My published works include local articles, newsletter publications, and books.
I have worked specifically with students who were struggling with Reading and Comprehension (this included helping them with the different spellings of words in the English language).
I am a fully credentialed teacher; and test preparation is one of my specialties, including ACT English.
I have my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in the State of California. I also have a Secondary Teaching Credential in Computer Applications. I have been teaching since 2005. My Multiple Subject Teaching Credential authorizes me to teach General Subjects as follows: This credential authorizes the holder to teach all subjects in a self-contained class and, as a self-contained classroom teacher, to team teach or to regroup students across classrooms, in grades twelve and below, including preschool, and in classes organized primarily for adults. In addition, this credential authorizes the holder to teach core classes consisting of two or more subjects to the same group of students in grades five through eight, and to teach any of the core subjects he or she is teaching to a single group of students in the same grade level as the core for less than fifty percent of his or her work day. My supplemental subject credential authorizes me to teach Computer Concepts and Applications as follows: This credential authorizes the holder to teach single-subject-matter (departmentalized) courses within the field of the supplementary authorization listed in grades nine and below.
The parochial school I attended as a child put a heavy emphasis on phonics, which gave me a strong foundation in the use of phonics for sounding out words, and teaching others to do the same. When my autistic son had a problem with reading when he was in early elementary school, I formulated a game which was focused solely on the use of phonics to help him learn to read independently. My time as a Title 1 teacher was spent teaching phonics approximately 50% of the time, to help students with learning disabilities or language barriers.
Part of my university education included a course in study skills, in which I received a "A". While in college, I applied what I learned in my Study Skills class to developing my own study skills, and saw my grades improve dramatically (i.e., from a "C" average, to a 4.0 GPA). I have taught study skills to hundreds of students in my career as a credentialed teacher, and the students who followed my study organization plans all improved academically as long as they continued to follow the plan. I have helped people from grades K-12, college, and people taking continuing education courses learn how best to organize their study time and improve their study skills (including people with learning disabilities).
In 2005 I took the CBEST exam so that I could do substitute teaching while pursuing my teaching credential. I have helped other teacher candidates study for this exam, and each one has passed the first time.
I have been using Microsoft Windows since it was first made available to the public in 1985; therefore, I have used and am very familiar with every edition of the program. I have taught many people how to use MS Windows throughout the years, and most of them have caught on very quickly.
Like everyone else, I have taken social studies/history classes since elementary school. In college I discovered a love for the subject of social studies, because I had a teacher who was very passionate about it and made it exciting to learn about. I attended several lectures on social studies independently once I had met the social studies requirement for my bachelor's degree, because it was something I was still very interested in. While pursuing my teaching credential, I was hired as a long-term substitute for a social studies teacher at Simi Valley High School. I am proud to say that 95% of the students in that class raised their grade by at least one grade (i.e., from a D to a C, or a B to an A) during the time I was teaching that class. Knowing that many students find history to be boring, I make a concerted effort to make it interesting and relevant to the current state of the world, so they might see the importance of studying social studies.
I have taken several tax preparation courses in college. I have been successfully doing the annual Federal and State tax returns for several people since 1989. I have done all of the city, state, and federal taxes for several small businesses since 1997, including the LLC tax, quarterly taxes and payroll taxes required. I have a solid knowledge of the current tax laws both Federally and in the State of California.
I have a working knowledge of Microsoft Publisher from a course taken at Pierce College. Using the skills I learned in that course, I spent several years creating the monthly newsletters for local elementary schools, including one I created using practice articles written by my students for our classroom newspaper. I also used my Publisher skills to create brochures and pamphlets for school projects and for several home-based businesses. I have taught several college-age students how to use this program, and incorporate it into their profession or classroom presentations.