I have been in education most of my adult life. I taught environmental education for 4 years before going back to get my Masters in Education from the St Thomas University in St Paul, MN. My Masters was broad-based education with a focus on secondary science education and curriculum development for gifted and talented youth. I taught Environmental Science, Earth Science, and Intro Chemistry in Minnesota for 7 years. My husband and I moved to Madison, WI (Mount Horeb, actually) in 1989 and started a family. We had 4 children in 5 years, so my focus in Education turned from the Sciences to Early Childhood education. I started a private, nationally accredited preschool in Mount Horeb for 92 children. After seven years, I sold the school, and dabbled in education as a substitute teacher. I currently am the Education Director of a private school west of Madison where I observe and evaluate all teachers, review lesson plans, offer in-services / workshops. I truly love my job, but I miss the hands -on teaching, and thus, decided to become a part time private tutor. My approach to education is holistic, incorporating all learning styles into my approach. I love to teach - I love to learn - I love to watch students progress in a fun environment that increases their life long love of learning.
I have traveled extensively, love nearly all outdoor activities from kayaking to gardening. Reading is a way of life, I can't imagine a day without a good read! I adore my children, and am delighted to spend time with them when possible. And I have the sweetest (though perhaps the noisiest) shitzu on the planet!
Winona State University - Bachelors, Biology Environmental Science
University of St Thomas - Masters, Education
Elementary School Math
High School Chemistry
High School English
Middle School Science
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching is a way of life for me - as is learning. For me, teaching is discovering and utilizing the best learning style or styles for each student and GUIDING them as they advance in their studies.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would want to get a baseline of where the student is at, where they hope to be, and the types of stumbling blocks they generally encounter. All done in a way, of course, that helps us to start to know one another as we proceed together on our journey!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe a good teacher is a guide and an "explorer" of sorts. A guide offers direction and support, allowing a student to think and problem-solve for him or herself. An explorer helps each student uncover and utilize his or her strengths and learning styles. Both help a student reach a pre-determined outcome, and with each success, a student becomes more and more comfortable with their own abilities and thought processes.