English/History Teacher Mentor
I have a passion for working with youth, teens, and families, helping them learn and grow together physically, emotionally, and academically. My goal as an educator, collaborator, and friend is to help people work together to build lives worth living.
Nestled in the corn fields of central Illinois, I earned my bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Illinois with an emphasis in secondary education and educational policy studies. For the next 30 years, I found various ways to work educating students. At a local children’s home, I assisted the special education teachers who focused on the needs of the troubled youth residents.
As my children grew, I homeschooled my own three children, two of whom have Autism Spectrum Disorder. It was during that time that I also spearheaded a local non-religious homeschooling group that offered opportunities for exploring Art, Music, Theater, Science, History, Writing, and Literature. I watched my own children (and others like them) struggle with learning challenges, and the emotional anxiety those misunderstood challenges caused. I became convinced that our educational system was doing a great disservice to this group of learners. This served to solidify my passion for differentiated learning.
Determined to serve at-risk youth, I enjoyed my role as a tutor in the public schools for the AVID program for grades 6 - 12. My colleagues and I prepared our students for college entrance by helping them with their homework, study skills, and critical thinking. Later I taught college-prep classes in History, Writing, Language Arts, and Literature to a small group of high school students, using my experiences to hand-craft activities, assignments, and discussions.
Most recently I provided individualized instruction and tutoring in Literature, Writing, Language Arts, History, Artistic Expression, Study Skills, and Stress Management for students in grades 6 - 12. My services focused on providing alternative educational settings in which students could achieve physical and emotional safety AND academic success. As the pandemic crisis grew, I provided my instruction and tutoring using the Zoom platform.
Even when I am not teaching or tutoring, I am always looking for new ideas and experiences. I enjoy wandering through museums and art galleries, listening to public radio, exploring new walking trails, working in my garden, playing with my cats, creating music with my husband and son, and practicing martial arts (I currently hold a 4th degree black belt). We are newcomers to the San Antonio area, and are intrigued with this beautiful city and its rich history.
It is such a joy to be here, to launch our unique program at Fusion Flex Academy serving San Antonio families. It is an exciting time of creativity and innovation. We are ready to work together to make a life worth living for everyone.