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Reene

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!

Undergraduate Degree:

 Winona State University - Bachelors, Biology Environmental Science

Graduate Degree:

 University of St Thomas - Masters, Education

Anything outdoors: gardening, biking, rollerblading, kayaking. Reading, pottery, exercise, time with friends and family.

College English

Ecology

Elementary School Math

High School Chemistry

High School English

Homework Support

Middle School Science

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

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.