While completing my second master's degree, my spare time was spent volunteering at Chicago State University shadowing my undergraduate professor. This wonderful experience enabled me to gain experience in working with adult learners. I have had opportunities in which I filled in the professor's absence. In addition, I have tutored and assisted some of the undergraduate students who needed assistance during their academic studies. Being able to work with adult learners is a strong desire I have and is one of the reasons for completing a degree in this field. However, I am open to venturing in other fields of interest that can utilize my skills and talents I have gain from previous employers.
During my years as an undergraduate student, I have always enjoyed helping others while in school. Many times, I would come across students who had a difficult time with research or needing assistance with using the computer. Classmates would usually turn to me for either advice or may need a helping hand in creating a resume. My talent for helping and motivating others continued even during my graduate studies.
While obtaining my first MBA degree, my first professor had a tremendous impact in the way I approach my studies. The professor would use unique visuals and actively participate in fun scenarios which helped me to connect key concepts to real life situations. This professor truly introduced me to ways of approaching assignments to effective research methods through PowerPoint presentations. It was then; I learned to be a good critical-thinker through role playing scenarios and educational activities. After completing my first master's degree, I continued substitute teaching and working my own tutoring business.
My passion for teaching began to grow further, so I decided go get a second master's degree in elementary education. After taking the first course, my professor's influence from the MBA program sparked a sincere desire in teaching adult learners. While looking through the school's course catalog, I began searching for a major that would point me in that direction.
My skills and talents to motivating, tutoring, mentoring, and advising continued to be my strong suit. However, I lacked the ability in creating a syllabus to lesson plans to creating an instructional plan and much more. The second degree with emphasis in adult education and training allowed me to strengthen my areas of weakness. Now, I have the necessary skills I need to become an effective teacher, mentor, advisor, tutor, and facilitator.
During my spare time, I go and speak with undergraduate students and share with them ways in being successful in college as well as graduate school. In addition, I have volunteered my time in substituting for a professor to working with students on campus. I take pleasure in helping students in reaching their goals and becoming effective problem-solvers.
My aim as an educator is to help as many students as I can to develop the skills and tools needed to be successful in college and in life. I would employ techniques that deal with different learning styles. Students, also bring lifelong experiences which can impact the way they retain and apply information.
Finally, I tend to explore and implement other methods and strategies that will produce an environment conducive to learning. Respecting and understanding the adult learner are powerful tools in producing a successful academic atmosphere. In turn, the students will find the class there in useful and productive.
Apr 2009 - Present
*Create and host live online sessions both public and privately on areas relating to education and desktop publishing
*Work with elementary students through privately paid held session conducted by myself
*Work with potential clients in conducting private business online.
*Provide necessary assessment tools such as test and uploaded documents as needed for public and private use
Nov 2009 - Present
Provide affordable desktop publishing services for individuals, students, professionals and small businesses.
*Create business cards, greeting cards, letterheads, presentations and much more
*Provide consulting services for clients for document selections
*Utilize all various software in providing a professional and quality product.
*Handle and direct all financial transactions within established company PayPal account
May 2004 - Present
*Help students improved their knowledge relating reading, math, and writing
*Taught students effective study skills
*Provided an overall assessment regarding students’ progress
*Incorporated computerized programs to allow students to keep track of areas of strengths and weaknesses
Nov 2008 - Feb 2009
*Assessed 2nd and 3rd grade students in order to determine reading levels
*Assisted students independently and as a group with reading literacy improvement
*Administered testing and grading reports of each students final reading progress
*Recorded student reading scores and daily progress
Jun 2006 - Nov 2008
*Conducted a skill and placement testing prior tutoring needs
*Worked one-on-one with clients in their home in math and reading
*Tutored clients in grades kindergarten through college based on certain subject areas
*Assigned clients with light assignments in strengthening areas of weakness
Jul 2008 - Aug 2008
*Assessed student knowledge level through test scores
*Instructed and implemented role-modeled strategies help students improve academically
*Incorporated curriculum based instruction into real world concepts to help students learn effectively
*Developed detailed lesson plans and handled final grades of each student.
Jul 2007 - Jan 2008
*Checked in each morning for open assignments in grades K through 12
*Reported to assigned schools that needed classroom coverage during teacher’s absence
*Requested numerous of times by various schools for outstanding classroom management skills
*Highly recommended by teachers as being “efficient and effective” in executing prepared lesson plans
Feb 2004 - Nov 2007
*Appointed by reading coordinator to work with 4th through 8th graders in helping them to get back on grade level through the “Success for All” program
*Assisted homeroom teachers with copy needs
*Covered and provided prep time for teachers that needed time away from their classrooms
*Involved in teacher development workshops to help improve performances in the classroom
Oct 2004 - Nov 2007
Substitute Teacher/Office Assistant
*Covered K through 8th grades classrooms during an absence or for teacher’s prep time
*Received “Teacher Appreciation Certificate” for outstanding contribution each academic year
*Assisted office staff with various task copying, answering phones, document creation, labels, faxing, data entry, typing, filing, and computer maintenance
*Managed and operated a classroom for two weeks keeping 2nd graders on task while homeroom teacher was away.
Sep 2004 - Oct 2004
*Covered 8th grade classroom by providing assignments based on the school’s curriculum
*Provided lessons covering topics related to language arts and engaging students to do some examples for better clarity
*Implemented reading strategies in helping students to comprehend and understand the main idea
*Handled classroom conflict through various resolution strategies
Sep 1999 - Jan 2004
Senior Retail Consultant
*Assisted upper management with the hiring process
*Trained and coached new employees
*Managed and ran store operations during the overnight shift
*Verified bank deposits and cashier drawers
Teaching Tools & Methods
This paper focuses on the elements of what instructors use in order to help learners learn.
Instructional Model gives an overview of what students will be able to perform at covering all the objectives.
Action Research Project on College Readiness which was a required component upon graduation
In the MBA program, I fully lead, direct and guided a team projected that has been fully graded by the instructor.
This is a presentation sample of my action research project while working on my second masters' degree.
Sample document in Word for a personalized invoice to fit your business needs.
This is a sample instruction plan which addressed teaching basic math to adult learners in an face-to-face setting.