I have always loved learning and teaching. I spent cold afternoons in Illinois reading and writing reports using the Encyclopedia. I also was greatly influenced by my mother, a teacher and my father, a scientist. I have an Associate degree in Nursing (Valedictorian of my class), and a doctor of chiropractic degree, (with extensive Nutrition study). I have studied and taught Anatomy and Physiology for over 30 years. I have taught medical assistants. physical therapy assistants, and chir... [more]
My love of American History began as a child. When I realized at age 7 that fiction never really happened and I decided I wanted to read non-fiction about real, factual history. My family encouraged this love of history, as my father was a civil war "buff." I lived in Chicago, right down the street from Rev. Jesse Jackson. I joined in many marches for justice & equality. In college, I had an instructor who instilled in his students' a depth of awe in regards to the incredible men and women who helped shape this country. I still believe America is the best country in the world & that we can correct a lot of our world problems by learning U.S. history.
My father was an aerospace scientist & my mother an elementary teacher/farmer/geneticist. We always had science projects in various stages of development in our home. With mom's expert animal husbandry skills & dad's scientific & mathematics expertise we bred & cultivated many different colors & types of hamsters, rabbits, and dogs. We always obtained first place at science fairs. In college, my siblings & I excelled in biological sciences. I like to encourage young students to pursue science education so that one day the USA can lead the way to solving the world's energy & water problems.
I have core curriculum word lists for K-12 grade that I encourage the students to practice pronounce & write. I help them with mnemonics to remember the words pronunciation & meaning & hopefully to use the word in a sentence that they can remember for future use. I encourage students to use the word(s) on a daily basis until the word(s) become ingrained in their daily speech & vocabulary.
I have been a magazine & newspaper reporter, editor, & copy writer. I have taught grammar & ELA for over 15 years to K-12 students & adults. I have published many poems in national magazines & have entries in college anthologies.
I am and as a child was a prolific reader. I encourage all my students to read books on whatever subject interests them. If they have difficulty with any text I encourage them to read aloud and use a dictionary to define and describe any unknown or new words. My dad was a scientist and my mom was an elementary teacher. I enjoyed scientific information from my dad and literature explained by my mom. To me, both worlds are very important and extremely interesting.
I have written numerous poems which have been published in national & state university archives, magazines, newspapers, and journals. My short stories have also been published in writers' anthologies of the Midwest. I have written and recorded several songs which have had minor success. I like to go to poetry readings & read my poems to music or a basic "beat." I encourage my writing students to empathize or sympathize with a belief that moves them to tears, develops the emotions, and finally logically assists the reader to action.
I have worked as a proof-reader for a few years while attending college. I have written and published several books of short stories and poems. My minor in college was English. I have been a ELA (English Language Arts) tutor for over 12 years for elementary, middle, and high school students.
I am a CA licensed physician & work very part-time doing exams. I was the Valedictorian of my college RN (nursing) program. I have taught Anatomy & physiology for many years in several post-secondary institutions. I use mnemonics & other aids to help the student remember important facts of this fascinating subject area.
As the Valedictorian of my RN (Nursing) class I helped other students understand physiology. I have tutored foreign educated medical doctors to pass their CA boards. As a practicing physician, I have educated patients about their own physiology. This includes knowledge of herbal & chemical medicines & the effect they have in the body.
I am now & as a child was an avid reader. I read ALL the literature (fiction) books in my small town library by the age of nine. I began writing stories for my friends little brothers & sisters & reciting them to them after that. I have published short stories & poems for children & adults all my life. I have taught ELA (English Language Arts) for various school districts & programs since 2005 with great success.
As I stated above I have worked as an RN in many different settings. I have worked as a camp RN, in the mountains (the Ozarks), at outdoor weekend music festivals, and even in-flight air-lifts. Using my CPR skills, I have saved more lives "out-on-the-streets" than in any clinical setting.
Due to the fact that my parents were such avid scientists, my siblings and I always had a "science project" living in the basement or garage. Science fairs were "on" year-long. I went into healthcare after high school, graduating as valedictorian of my RN nursing program. Years later I discovered what joy teaching/tutoring was and have pursued it ever since.
Having been born with "perfect pitch," I can assist almost anyone to find the note they want and sing or play it on an instrument. I was a concert choir member & then director for many years. Ear training involves exceptional focus and of course listening skills. It requires the student to absolutely HEAR what they are listening to: that is to say no other noise should distract them from their primary focus during a tutor session.
I passed my CBEST in 1999 & began Substitute teaching in 2000 in LA county. I also substitute taught in Kansas 2003-4. I was enrolled in a teacher certification program at that time but was not allowed to complete the program due to loss of loans. I have tutored for various companies & privately for the last 12 years. My students always thrive. I have tutored K-8 exclusively for the last 3 years using CA core curriculum.
I studied opera from age 13-19. I was an understudy for Helen Boatwright for Handel's Messiah at age 18. My voice teacher wanted to take me to Europe to be cast in operas there but my parents could not afford the costs. I have been active in choral singing, song-writing & arranging for more than 30 years.
I am a licensed physician in the states of MO. & CA. As a doctor of chiropractic I studied Biochemistry & Nutrition equal to a minor in college. I can guide any student through important nutrition parameters & the necessity of understanding digestion & assimilation of all known vitamins & minerals. This includes the effects on digestion & health vs. disease states. Prior to becoming a licensed physician, I was an RN & employed for several years in hospitals & clinics.
I have been a CBEST qualified substitute teacher for over 15 years. I have taught math K-8 & tutored for high school students. I have tutored algorithms of finite math to ASD as well as ADHD students. My students always excel. When a student has trouble understanding a calculation we practice similar problems until they understand the process perfectly.
I have had extensive classes on the role of Common Core Standards in teaching & learning models for students in K-12th grades. I was a grad student attaining my teachers certificate in the state of Kansas, when my family required me to transfer back to California. The program I was enrolled in was totally immersed in the SE standards. The Common Core Standards are the essential building blocks of a student learning plan. They help the teacher, the student, and the school to hopefully achieve appropriate goals in their education.