I began my public school teaching career at the 8th and 9th grade levels, working in the areas of grammar and literature. After three years at this level, I moved to 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, teaching American literature, English literature, speech, and developmental reading. After I completed my doctorate in Education, I established a private, individual tutoring practice. I maintained this practice for more than 30 years, working on developing reading skills with almost 300 different students, ranging in age from 5 to 25.
Since I value the importance of listening, I listened carefully to what my students told me. Then I would respond to their needs. Some of my students were auditory learners, some visual learners, a few kinesthetic learners, and many were mixed. I would adapt my approach to match their learning styles and prepare appropriate materials.
I am listed in the following: Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in Business and Professional Women, Who's Who in Education, Leaders in Education, International Biography, and Personalities of the Southwest. I was the principal investigator for the HEA Grant No. 73-974-021 at the University of Texas at Dallas. I was on the professional services program committee and then president of United Cerebral Palsy Association of Dallas County. I currently serve on the education committee of The Santa Fe Opera.
I have a B. A. in English Education and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of New Mexico. My Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in reading came from New Mexico State University. My dissertation was entitled "The Effects of Organizational Ability, General Listening Ability, and Sentence Arrangement on the Listening Comprehension of Second-Grade Students."
I have given several presentations to various organizations including the national convention of The International Reading Association. I have published two books based on my experiences tutoring children. Tutoring Teens: Profiles in Learning tells of the process aiding nine teen-age learners and One, Two, Buckle My Shoe: Nurturing Learners follows the development of three elementary students. I strongly believe that readability analyses aids the teacher's planning.