Being trained as a Waldorf Teacher has taught me how to build my own curriculum. This is based on child development and individual capacity. If I am working with adults it is primarily guiding them in an area of their own interest. I love to bring to children and adults the joy of whatever subject we are engaged in together. In any subject, there is the possibility of finding wonder in what you are learning. This joy, wonder, interest, and enthusiasm are the conditions to love what you learn and remember it your whole life.
Music : I was a classically trained pianist for 12 years. I then moved to study Jazz and contemporary music. I have also composed many pieces and performed them for various venues. I have been teaching music for 10 years and I teach a combination of all three styles and how to compose. I feel this repertoire gives the student freedom to express their musical personality. It also keeps learning dynamic.
Art: I completed a BFA from Northwest College of Art. Along with showing my own work, I have been teaching art for the last 9 years. I have taught individual lessons to children and adults. I have taught after school art and summer camps to elementary school children. I have also taught middle school classes with various schools. Mediums: Watercolor, Oil, Acrylic, Pastel, Charcoal, Figure drawing, Portrait, chalkboard drawing and Graphite. When working with younger children I often organize a variety of projects and styles so they can experience many kinds of art and explore their own creativity.
Games: I have taught gymnastics for the BI park and reck. I have also had training in health, games, and special dynamics.
Academics: I taught first and second grade and I am trained to teach all academics through middle school. Previous to that, I taught as a sub in many schools. I have taught everything from math, language arts, and anatomy, to storytelling, drawing, and yoga. I find the using games and movement to study academic subjects gives the student interest, enthusiasm, and a visceral experience that leads to deeper understanding. This is not just a hands on approach, but an approach that engages the mind, body, and feelings. I have seen this approach help students of all learning styles to soar in every subject.
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