began my teaching service in 1961, and have taught every grade
level from kindergarten to university classes in English Language
and Literature, Reading, Writing and Study Skills. Currently
I am a state licensed Reading Specialist, teaching privately
in my office or your home. I love seeing students grow, gain
skills and begin to appreciate and enjoy their school experience.
My approach is empathetic, but practical,
compassionate but firmly encouraging. My students understand,
when we are working together, that they have a safe place
to learn and a trustworthy teacher who believes in them and
that they will progress to meet their goals. Research indicates
that expectations play a huge part in student success.
In my experience, I've developed a great appreciation for
the variety of ways that children learn. When I was a professional
artist, I taught stone sculpture to adults, and horsemanship
to children. Recently I've taught outdoor education for the
Audubon Canyon Ranch's Bouverie Preserve. It's clear that
any classroom, indoor or outdoor, is full of all kinds of
minds, and each mind needs to be taught in the way it learns
best. That way, the truth comes out on the trail to that Bliss
that Joseph Campbell recommended we follow.
my trail of learning and study, I've served the community
in other ways by grassroots environmental organizing in Colorado
and California. During the seventies my collective published
one of the first women's newsletters in California, and I've
also spent years working as a paralegal in environmental law.
I draw on all these past experiences when working with students
to make learning fun and school more manageable. When all
is said and done, I've learned the most from my own two children
as they traversed the trails of their own highly individualized