After graduating from Taylor University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a minor in Middle School Language Arts Instruction, I taught fourth and fifth grade in a rural community called King George, Virginia. I loved my students. I was young, single, and didn’t know many people in the little town, so my students were my family. In fact, I still keep in touch with many of them from King George.
After my first child was born, I stopped teaching full-time in a classroom but my desire to educate and develop students did not stop. I started tutoring out of my home and in public libraries over 20 years ago. Many of my students began working with me in third or fourth grade and continued through high school. It allowed me to get to know the students and their different learning styles. It enabled me to see how their classes progressed through the years and how they could apply ways that allowed them, individually, to learn better. Throughout my 20+ years of working with students on many different subjects, I have learned a great deal about the educational system and about their individual learning styles. I have developed tools and methods for improving the learning experience for individual learners.
In 2019, I became the Director of the Wheaton Academy Tutoring Center, now The Center for Lifelong Learning. When not working with my own students, I am training Academic Coaches focused in all subject areas to work to improve academic performance and maximize learning potential in all our students. The Center incorporates lifelong learning skill development into what we offer instead of just homework help or subject-specific mastery. We are also evaluating and filling the learning gaps created during the 2020 pandemic. I have found this transformational for our learners. It really is a joy to me to help kids learn and thrive!