I love to write! I’m an English Minor from The University of Texas (1989), and I have been The Curriculum Coordinator for NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, I have worked with a special needs student who passed The STAAR Test, and I have tutored students ages 4 years - 12th grade (a student who needed help with the vocabulary part of the SAT-I was given 3 days notice). My approach is calmly professional with an appropriate sense of humor. My favorite summer school classes were in Houston at Kinkaid and Duchesne; 5th graders learning how to write their memoir and learning how to be better writers.
I don’t consider this as work; it’s an opportunity to stretch my brain but more importantly, to have fun helping others learn. Time away from a classroom can be spent very creatively and efficiently so that you can feel even more confident when that school bell rings!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I always spend about 15 minutes asking them a few questions about their likes and dislikes. I've found over the years that the best ice breaker is to tell them a little about me and a funny story about being a teacher.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
While I was studying at The University of Texas, my favorite classes were English of all types; they were small after my freshman year when I chose it as my minor. We had visiting authors and past Texas "celebrities" as speakers! It was fascinating.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I charge $35 per hour.
How did you get started teaching?
I began working at my home church, my first job, and I loved it! Someone I trust very much suggested I do it, after I had given most of my life away to the fine dining restaurant business. I had become burned out on adults, so to speak!
What types of students have you worked with?
Special needs (Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, ADHD) one on one private tutoring to Pre-K and 7 years of Turning Twos in Preschool.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
In a summer school class at a private school, the assignment for the 8th grade class was to write their memoirs. They had no idea where to begin, so I suggested they think of a special occasion or a favorite birthday or holiday? Oh, the ideas they chose!! My favorite was this humble, but very famous boy who wrote about The ESPYs. So I had to ask what in the World was he referring to? He asked me if I knew what they were..I said, "Yes, I sure do." He said he had a Goodie Bag from there - I said, "Wow! They were only on last night?!" He said his aunt and uncle were there, Beyoncé and Jay Z.