Greetings! I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English (minor in Spanish) as well as an M.L.S., Masters of Library Science degree from Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas. I have worked 20 plus years in public libraries (Houston Public Library, almost 16 years, and City of League City Library, 11 years). I have provided reference service to all ages during these years. In addition, as recently as 2007, I have completed the College of the Mainland Alternative Education Program aka P.A.C.T....
I have worked with Attention Deficit and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder elementary students in the Clear Creek Independent School District (League City, Texas) as a substitute teacher-of-the-day. I worked for a full Fall and Spring session substituting as the Teacher-of-Record in a group of 18 different elementaries serving Grades K-5 plus Specials. I consulted the school district via computer each weekday, deciding which grade level and class to assist. Sometimes, I had five choices, other times, two. I have worked with all levels of elementary pupils, including classes with 24 or 35 students, and Specials Rooms with 5-8 students and special assistants assigned to help one student in particular.
As a tutor, I will ask the students to write something, read something, and express their opinions about their favorite topics in order to get to know them as unique individuals with different assessment needs. Then, I will prepare a coaching plan to help them. If they are enrolled in public or parochial schools, I can help them with their learning tasks outside of class or explain their classroom work to them in different ways to see how they learn different subjects effectively. If they get frustrated easily, I am very patient and considerate. I will quietly ask them to take a time-out and think about what I can do to help them learn to get past their frustration, encouraging them to apply their excess energy to constructive learning patterns. I will encourage them to do their best, even if they cannot understand or reason the right answer yet. I will attempt to fathom which multiple intelligence tactics work best for them (Is their verbal ability stronger than their kinesthetic learning aptitude, for instance?).
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I took the Praxis EC-Grade 4 subject content and pedagogy tests in 2010 or so in order to qualify for the College of the Mainland's Galveston County Alternative Certification requirements. After that year, the Praxis was extended to EC-Grade 6. I never secured a full-time job in the Galveston County School District (Hurricane Ike hurt their schools significantly during this threshold-of-time). Instead, I read about Wyzant online, submitting my qualifications to tutor as a contractor. In the interim, I substituted daily for two full semesters at 18 Clear Creek ISD elementary schools, daily selecting from different job options available in the AESOP system (Grades 1 through Grade 5). After this, I worked at a private/parochial school as a substitute teacher in Spanish, Music, and Science grouped-classes or in individual classrooms, as needed, from Grades 1-5. I also have a Master's degree in Library Science and a B.A. in English, with a Spanish minor.
TEAS, the Test of Essential Academic Skills, offered by Assessment Technologies Institute, serves as an admission tool for post-secondary education programs like the Clinical Technical Studies courses for Nursing Programs. I have taken the Accuplacer Test as part of College of the Mainland coursework in 2007, and I made a superior score on English, Reading, & Writing using an in-house, computer-based test. I have been tutoring all ages of High School AP students in the subjects of reading, spelling, English, and writing. My reference materials include higher-level reading vocabulary and English basics. I worked 8a-5p for ten International Physicians at the Texas Medical Center's Baylor College of Medicine Neurosensory Center using a dictaphone and an IBM Selectric typewriter, learning medical terminology "on-the-fly".