I have taught Reading, English and History for 37 years in grades K through 12. I'm sorry to say that I couldn't help the Seniors very much, but I have found that it is much, much better to help children get off to an good early understanding of Reading Basics before they begin to think, "This is too hard.", "I can't do this.", and/or "I'm dumb." It is very important for 4 year olds to learn the alphabet letters, names, shapes, and sounds as well as they know their own names. Then it will be easy to go on to blending words together, they will gain self-confidence, and go on to having happy, enjoyable times reading.
I have always watched students and tried to figure out why they were having any troubles with Reading. Sometimes it is lack of basic knowledge, sometimes it is eye and hearing problems which can be helped with glasses or hearing aides, sometimes inability to pay attention, or to sit still, sometimes it is lack of seeing the importance of learning to read, or trying to read too fast. I believe in treating all children with love, respect and firmness to urge them to spend at least a little time trying to learn the next step of what ever step it is that they need next.
I graduated summa cum laude from Tulsa University.
I received my Bachelors Degree from Tulsa University in Tulsa, OK and I received a Masters Degree with a Reading Specialist Certificate from Northeastern State University, in Tahlequah, OK. Also I have been to many seminars on various areas of teaching.
I was born in Tulsa, OK and graduated from Will Rogers High School. I am married and have four children, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. I retired from teaching in 2012 and am mainly living in McAllen, TX. We travel back to the Tulsa Area often to see friends and family.