I finally know what I want to be when I grow up! I have found a career I love and which I believe fulfills my God given purpose: helping others learn and become better thinkers through one-on-one tutoring. My goal is to understand how each of my students learn so I can better teach them. While I’m not overly concerned about grades, I know that once a person comprehends the material being taught then he/she can improve his/her grades. Sharing in the joy of passing tests and getting good grades is an added benefit to my job. I enjoy my students’ different ages and personalities; I support an atmosphere of levity, so we can have fun as we learn.
I am blessed to have held a variety of jobs. As a private tutor, I can draw from all my experiences to aid in my teaching. My career started when I became a park ranger. Nature is a great teacher and getting outdoors is a regular theme you’ll see on The Learning Tutor. I spent eight years working at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield, a Civil War site which is part of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. During my years there, I provided research for interpretive programs, led battlefield tours, coordinated activities for school groups, and demonstrated pioneer skills such as candle dipping. As you can see I’ve always been involved in education.
I have also spent ten years in the classroom, teaching elementary through college level pupils. After completing my master’s degree, I taught history at the University of West Georgia and Floyd College(now called Highlands College). My focus was not on learning dates but understanding the factors leading to important events. Later, I taught all subjects for fifth and sixth grades at Plantation Christian Academy. After leaving that position, I began working as a private tutor.
My husband and I have been married for thirty years. Jim is the kindest man I know and my biggest fan. We both enjoy watching wildlife whether it’s the butterflies who visit our flowers or the hawks who hunt around our house. We also like to complete home projects together. Although we don’t have any biological children, we have many “surrogate” children. In addition, we have two fur babies, a sweet calico cat named Angel, she often likes to nap nearby. We had sworn to remain a one pet family, however, Roo, our seven month old black and white cat stole our hearts when we found him abandoned as a day old kitten. Our home is full.