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Kath

I have spent my adult life working with students of all ages, from homeschooling my own children (and others in our family group) from first grade through high school graduation, to running rehearsals and concerts for a non-profit youth orchestra. These experiences have given me the opportunity to get to know hundreds of students. I am a passionate and compassionate educator, who understands that students have many different learning styles. Though I graduated from college years ago, I still consider myself a student in many areas of life. I love to visit historical sites while on vacation, and I keep my writing skills sharp by participating in a local writing group. I am fascinated by languages; while I am rusty in their use, I have studied French, Spanish, Russian, and Old English at various times. I even taught Latin in our home school. I read widely, enjoy playing trivia games, and can draw on a wide base of knowledge outside my areas of expertise. I also enjoy both board games and table-top role playing games.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of California-Riverside - Associates, Linguistics and English Literature (double major)

Reading historical fiction and science fiction and fantasty; creative writing; crocheting; knitting; sewing; animals; tabletop role-playing games

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that each student is an individual with unique learning styles and goals. As a home school teacher with students who had quite distinct learning styles, I have ample experience in creating individualized lesson plans. I believe each student needs to feel heard. I am a passionate teacher (and student in my own life!) as well as a compassionate one.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I love to read, and I want every student to love reading. It's important for those who have trouble with reading comprehension to take time to visualize what they read. There are games we can use to help with visualization. This can be a real concern for some students, but I'll help reading be rewarding for you.