So who am I? Here is my curriculum vitae, followed by an autobiography I wrote a few months ago:
Town of Stratford, CT. State of Connecticut Emergency Medical Technician Course. 2012
Workshop in Business Opportunities. Spring 2010
Online Orton-Gillingham Introductory Course. 2011-2012
Central Connecticut State University, New Britian, CT. Masters Coursework in TESOL. 2001-2004
Coursework completed: TESOL Methods, Special Education, Syntax, Second Language Testing, Sociolinguistics, Research in TESOL
Research in TESOL topic: Understanding the Differences Between TESOL and Special Education
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT. BA in English. 1999
Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, CT. AS in General Studies. 1997
EMT-B, Town of Stratford, CT Emergency Medical Services. 2012 to the Present
CEO/President, Your Mind in Bloom, LLC. Stratford, CT. 2010 to the Present
ESL Tutor and Friendly Visitor, Jewish Family Services. Fairfield, CT. 2001 to Present
Protect Your Environment Marsh Docent. Stratford, CT. 2003 to Present
Adult ESL Classroom Instructor and Tutor. 2002 to Present
Workshop in Business Opportunities, Table Leader. 2010 to 2012
Other experience: Secretarial, paralegal, substitute teaching, dance and movement, scheduling, heavy phone interaction, coordinated after-school program for one academic year.
Experience working with learners of all different ages, backgrounds, and learning styles. Specific experience working with learners with special needs and ESL/ELL learners.
Specific Academic Classes and Subjects Taught and Tutored:
Resume and Cover Letter
Middle School Math
High School Math
Middle School Science
High School Science
Anatomy & Physiology
Elementary School Reading and Writing
Middle School Reading and Writing
High School Reading and Writing
College Application Essay Writing
Term Paper Writing and Support
General Academic Writing and Support
Research Academic Writing and Support
History: all ages and levels
ECE (Early Childhood Education) Coursework for Housatonic Community College
State of Connecticut Driver Education Manual
Computer Skills and Assistance: Email, Internet search, Microsoft Applications
Book and Manuscript Editing
GED/High School Equivalency
College Entrance/Placement Exam
Public School ParaProfessional Placement Exam
Work Related Placement Exams- General
CT Insurance Exams
CT Firefighter Exam
CT Police Exam (took in June 2013 and scored in 80%)
CT EMT-B Exam (took in June 2012 and passed)
I had a traditional autobiography from when I set up my business and this website almost three years go now. I reread it the other day and went: ugh.
My elevator speech is that I do tutoring for all ages and all subjects and writing assistance as well. Whew, just finished when the elevator door opened.
People know me from different places and different capacities. I’ve worked in the education field in various capacities over the past seventeen years. I began while in college as a peer tutor and branched out from there. My biggest accomplishments to date in teaching have been being a substitute teacher for five years, teaching ESL (English-As-A-Second Language) for eight years and now continuing privately with the business, and running an after school program for one year. I also had the opportunity to teach English in Korea for one summer many moons ago. I’ve worked with everybody from ages five and up through retirees. I’ve also worked with homeschoolers and special needs and LD populations. One of my favorite areas is Orton-Gillingham.
I began my business three years ago after going through WIBO at FSW, Inc. in Bridgeport, CT. WIBO stands for Workshop in Business Opportunities. Running a business has been a huge learning curve and also very beneficial to helping my clients because I apply a lot of what I use when I tutor and write.
Last year I became an EMT, something I’ve wanted to do since high school. Right now I volunteer with a local ambulance service.
I know I can sit here and write that I love what I do and you reading this will go: ugh. Yet I am going to say it: I love what I do. I love working one-on-one or teaching or writing. It’s not “work” for or to me in the traditional sense. Then having someone pass that test is the best part of all.
So, who am I? Come and find out.