I really enjoy helping students build their knowledge, skills and self-confidence, particularly through the teaching of reading, writing, and other language arts. As a teacher, the best time of year for me was when my little students cracked the reading code and began reading all over the place-walking down halls, in the library, the cafeteria-everywhere and everything! I knew whole vistas had been opened to them. I taught adult illiterates as a volunteer for a number of years and the excitement and feeling of success they had was so encouraging for me. Tutoring allows me to have the personal satisfaction of a one to one relationship with a learner. Hearing a student got a greatly improved score on a test or aced a reading or writing assignment gives me great satisfaction as a teacher. I enjoyed my years in the classroom and look forward to returning some day to that environment but find that I truly enjoy teaching in small intimate groups of 1-4 students. When I teach I find out how my students learn best and teach to their strengths.
In my spare time I take my dog to nursing homes and critical care hospitals to visit the patients. She is a "love therapy" dog and greatly in demand. I love to fish, both deep sea and freshwater and any time spent on or near the water is perfection. I have painted children's furniture for years and all my nieces and nephews and children of friends can count on having one of my pieces for their own. I also write stories and poetry for personal pleasure and as gifts to children. I just wish I was a better artist and could illustrate them myself!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: SUNY Brockport - Bachelor of Science, Psychology
Graduate Degree: Arizona State University - Masters in Education, Education
State Certified Teacher
Reading and writing, painting children's furniture, travel, fishing and camping, animals, learning new things and meeting new people, teaching
College Level American History
College World History
Elementary School Math
High School English
High School Level American History
High School World History