What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am an associate professor in the educational leadership program at a local university. As part of that career, I teach courses, write original research, and advise doctoral students. I spend time each week doing classroom observations at local schools and keep current in local educational trends as a natural part of my job.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have been a teacher for as long as I can remember. As the first child in my family, I taught my sisters what I had learned in school. As a student, I helped and later formally tutored my peers. Eventually, I became an elementary school teacher before continuing on to graduate school and becoming a university professor. In each career stage, I continued to work with young people and peers, guiding them toward academic success.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Test preparation, organizing writing, editing papers, basic to intermediate literacy and math skills.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I helped a young woman who had dropped out of high school earn her GED and later get accepted into a private liberal arts college. She is currently preparing to apply to graduate school and has a 3.8 GPA.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure you find a tutor whose personality is a good match for your or your child's temperament. Some students need a coach, some a cheerleader, and others an example. Each approach requires a different teaching style.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Excellent teaching is difficult. Teachers need support from parents as learning partners in order to help their kids succeed. There is no substitute for having an unrelenting nurturing, positive attitude both as a parent and as a teacher.