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My expertise falls under 3 main subject areas:
- English Language Arts (for both native and second language learners [ESL/TESOL]).
- Art: 3 dimensional sculpture (using paper & other recycled materials).
- Design: 3 dimensional design (paper toys, gift boxes, etc.).
I have been teaching children in-person for many years, and teaching online since 2017. I have worked with children from diverse backgrounds, and from all around the world. I also have experience working with children of special needs, as well as children residing in foster care. The students I taught have ranged in age from as young as 3 years old all the way into adulthood, with the average ages being 5-15. I have taught every subject imaginable, but enjoy English and Art the most.
I hold 2 Master degrees in education, one in teaching English as a second language (TESOL) (2020), and the other in eLearning (2017). I have a Bachelor degree in Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History (2015). I also hold an Associate degree in Special Education (2011).
As you can see, I love learning! My teaching philosophy is to inspire that same love of learning in my students.
I strive to empower my students by recognizing their individual strengths. All children come to a learning situation with their own set of unique talents, experiences, and knowledge.
I feed each student’s passion for the topic by ensuring that the learning experience is engaging and personalized.
I facilitate intentional learning through questioning and problem solving (critical thinking) to help students build upon what they already know.
I support connected learning through student-to-student and student-to-teacher interaction to help students feel personally involved in their learning.
I love the desert and hot, sunny days. I have 2 mischievous little Wirehair Dachshunds (wiener dogs with beards) that keep me entertained. My favorite treat is ice cream (any flavor that includes chocolate), and my favorite beverage is Diet Sunkist (I like my caffeine cold). I enjoy reading, but rarely read the same book twice. I seem to have an endless capacity for coming up with new class ideas, and even have a little “idea box” where I keep those that I remember to write down.