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I am fortunate; I get to do the best job in the world. While teaching is my second career, it was always what I wanted to do.

When I graduated from college, I was offered a position with my college's admissions and marketing office, where I had been working to put myself through school. It was a tremendous opportunity, and launched an eighteen-year career helping high school students make important decisions about their futures, and navigate an often complex admissions and financial aid system. I loved working with students, being around bright, engaging people, and doing work that made a difference. But each time I walked through a high school to present a workshop on writing college essays or preparing for college interviews, I was reminded of how deeply I still wanted to be in a classroom.

So I took the plunge, and now spend my days teaching social studies to great students at a great school. I have taught world history, American history, sociology, psychology, economics, and even developed a high school course in teaching for students seeking a career in education. I am passionate about understanding how the past has shaped the present, and helping students recognize their critical role in protecting and preserving democracy.

In addition to teaching course curricula, I work with students on writing skills, standardized test preparation, and college essays, because all of these skills will help them reach their academic goals. As a teacher, I believe that it is critical to help students develop the ability to regulate their own learning, and implement meta-cognitive strategies that will serve them in college and beyond.

When I'm not teaching, I am a mom to a high school sophomore, a long-distance mom to two college students, a gardener who grows lots of organic vegetables, and an avid reader of anything historical.

If I can help you in a specific subject area, or with essays, test preparation, or homework support, either face-to-face or on-line, let me know!

Susan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Florida Institute of Technology - Bachelors, Psychology

Graduate Degree: University of Central Florida - Masters, Applied Learning and Instruction

Test Scores

GRE Verbal: 620

Hobbies

Politics, history, gardening, reading

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Writing

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Writing

History

AP Human Geography

AP U.S. Government & Politics

Business

Civics

CLEP American Government

CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology

CLEP Introductory Psychology

CLEP Social Sciences and History

College Application Essays

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

Economics

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Government

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Verbal

High School Business

High School Economics

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Political Science

High School Writing

Homework Support

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level

Macroeconomics

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Other

Political Science

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Psychology

Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Social Sciences

Social studies

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Upper Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

US Constitutional History

US History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that all students can learn, and that the job of a teacher is to help students overcome two common barriers to success: their beliefs about their own ability, and their motivation to make the effort required to achieve.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

It is critical to develop a good working relationship, so our first session would be designed to help us get to know each other on a personal level, develop a level of comfort and trust, establish student goals and timelines, and develop a plan of action.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The key to becoming an independent learner is to discover and practice the regulatory and meta-cognitive strategies that are automatic in successful, self-directed learners. Anyone can learn them, just like any other skill. Once they are automated, learning becomes much more efficient - and far less frustrating! And, helping students to focus on the process, rather than the product, is equally important. In a system that relies on grades as the measure of learning, students are too often focused on what they produce, rather than on developing and celebrating the learning that occurs through the process of meeting an academic challenge.