My teaching method is eclectic. I draw from a variety of resources that I tailor to the student's needs. I help esl students in reading, writing and speaking English, with particular emphasis on their most needed skills. I also help people with accent reduction.
I've been tutoring a wide variety of people for over 25 years, helping and encouraging them to achieve their goals. I worked for NASA as an editor and for a newspaper as a writer. My post-graduate training in instructional design helps me adapt my tutoring to the individual’s needs and style of learning, since everyone learns differently.
Please indicate part of town in which you live and whether you are willing to do distance tutoring if you live on the other side of Houston—I’m on south side in Friendswood.
Friendswood, TX 77546
March 1995 to present
ESL & Adult Basic Education Tutor:
Parker Williams Branch, Harris County Public Library, Adult Reading Center of Pearland, Literacy Advance Bay Area, and Adult Literacy program at Park Place Methodist Church in Houston (volunteer positions)--Tutor adults to help them improve their reading, writing, comprehension, and speaking skills, meet employment and education goals and pass the GED
June 1992 to May 2010
Houston Chronicle—Interviewed and wrote articles about people in the community doing interesting/unique things in their jobs, avocations or volunteer work, as well as people who have overcome hardships and are thriving, for the neighborhood sections of the Chronicle.
Gardening Magazines, including Neil Sperry's Gardens and Birds and Blooms--Wrote feature articles on gardening topics
Houston Chronicle—Free-lance feature photography for This Week/neighborhood and other sections; over 1,000 feature and sports photos published in the Chronicle and in
Sports Edition Magazine, Neil Sperry’s Gardens and Birds and Bloom, and Odyssey, a children’s science publication.
July 1991 to July 1998
Sports Edition Magazine—Edited and proofread all copy and ads for Sports Edition Magazine (local monthly publication)
September 1983 to June 1991
Assistant to the Volunteer Coordinator:
Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol--Helped start and coordinate the Family Awareness program, worked with volunteers, wrote press releases, helped with fund-raising events.
Rice University--Editorial Assistant; set up an editorial office and assisted a professor who was editor of an astrophysics technical journal.
Part-time work for other employers including Top Talent Temporaries Rice University, Newberry Marine and Singer Link Corporation. Responsibilities included editing, writing, forms design, typesetting, proofreading, data entry:
July 1978 to September 1982
Kentron, a NASA JSC publications contractor--Edited NASA technical publications on diverse topics including geology, medicine, technology
A.A., Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri
B.A., Journalism, University of Houston
M.A., University of Houston-Clear Lake
18 hours graduate work in Instructional Design, UT Health Science Center Houston
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