I have a Master's of Science in Communications (Speech, English and Theater) from West Chester University. I taught high school and began my own businesses after graduating college. I serve on non-profits and also teach through them. I traveled extensively, learning a great deal from teachers and elders of many cultures around the world. I always have had a burning desire to share what I have learned with others through coaching and teaching. This has allowed me to learn a great deal from my students as well. I have taught all age levels from pre-school to seniors and taught at both the high school and university levels. I pursued advanced degrees at Colorado State University, ran a large non-profit for the University and taught classes in many subjects in natural resources, creative writing, public speaking and organizational start ups and operations. I earned Masters of Science in Environmental Interpretation and Natural Resource Management from CSU and was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award for the University in experiential teaching. I was an advisor for approximately 50 students each year while with the University.I am also a life coach and have worked with people in that way as well.
Twelve years ago I founded a non-profit with a group of people. Our goal was to teach about nature, sustainable living and the wisdom of past cultures. It was also a platform from which I could offer students help in creative writing, public speaking and personal growth courses. I am a public speaker at many conferences and in the classroom and I have had two books published. A couple of years ago I created the White Otter Academy to bring "Wisdom from the past magically stirred with knowledge from the present as a catalyst to transform your future."
I coined the phrase "energetic alchemy" to define how I often teach. I take the 'iron' nuggets of knowledge I have acquired, add my own understandings, mix them together magically and .. often - gold emerges thanks to my teachers. I believe true growth occurs from the acquisition of both formal and informal education. With that said, I require a large dose of fun in any teaching or tutoring I do. I like to also acknowledge all the mistakes I have made along the way and admit what a wonderful teaching resource these are. Through some of the above venues I have brought teaching to groups. With Varsity Tutors I am able to work one on one with people - my favorite mode.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: West Chester University of Pennsylvania - Bachelor of Science, Communication, General
Graduate Degree: Colorado State University-Fort Collins - Master of Science, Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism
In my spare time - my fun time - I love to travel and meet new people. Cultural travel and nature-based travel are my favorite. I also love attending conferences where I can speak and listen to others. I love to read and write and am starting my third book now. When I have a free day??? I take my dogs and head off into nature to relax and release.