In the education business for 37 years in 2nd through 7th grades, and also substituted in K through 12th grade. Served as a Mentor Teacher and supervised several student teachers and many observers. Conducted parent workshops and supervised parent volunteers. Presented aide inservices about principles of learning. Performed demonstration lessons. Developed learning games.
Believe in hands-on, experience-based learning as a most effective tool for retention of material. Learning materials should be accessible and clearly labeled to facilitate student use and responsibility. Use close observation of student behavior and empathetic approach to build rapport with students. Monitor and adjust to student needs. Analyze critical attribute of concept in order to zero in on most important points to be retained and mastered. Practice persistence and deliberateness in reteaching and expecting mastery of hard-to-master learnings.
Survival Guide for Teaching Literature: Presenter at Orange County Reading Association in Anaheim, CA; California Teacher's Association (CTA) Good Teaching Conference in Los Angeles; and Norwalk-La Mirada USD Curriculum Faire in Norwalk. Biographies and Beyond: Presenter at CA Council for Social Studies, Southern CA Teacher's of English, and CTA Good Teaching Conference in Los Angeles; also at the Orange County Reading Association Conference in Anaheim, CA.
AA in English - Santa Monica College, 1968; BA in English with minor in Elementary Education and Standard Teaching Credential, Life - Loyola Marymount University, 1970; MA in Counseling and Guidance, LMU, 1972; Pupil Personnel Services Credential, LMU, 1976; ECE Specialist Credential, LMU, 1977; CA School Administrative Credential, Preliminary, LMU, 1987. Served on Instructional Materials Evaluation Panel for English and Math textbooks, 1980-81.
I enjoy doing oral history interviews to grasp how people's past experiences differ. Doing careful research helps me become a "history detective." I am fascinated by the study of people and how they choose to make a difference in the world with the way they live their lives.