I provide individualized tutoring to help students in grade K-12 reach their full potential. I assist students in a variety of core subject areas, including language arts, history, social studies, writing, and reading (including annotating). I also tutor students on organization and time management (including the written planner), study skills, learning strategies, test preparation, and social skills. Students and parents alike agree, I help build self-confidence. I truly enjoy working with my students!
In addition to my work with the typical student population, I have a specialty working with individuals I call, “unique learners.” These include students challenged with learning and/or cognitive differences, such as those on the autistic spectrum, those diagnosed with ADHD or Dyslexia, and with intellectual disabilities, including Down Syndrome. I work effectively with parents, faculty, school administrators and psychologists, and also outside educational evaluators to help facilitate student IEP and 504 plans.
I am the founding Director of the Venture Program at Bellevue College,
the first degree program in the nation designed for students challenged
with learning and intellectual disabilities. I grew up Eugene where I attended grade school, middle school, and high school. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon. I hold a Master of Educational Administration, have completed post-graduate work in Brain Research in Education, and was also a Certified Mediator Practitioner in Washington State. I have worked with students from kindergarten through college.
My work has been featured by National Public Radio, the Chicago Tribune, Inside Higher Education, University Business Review, The Seattle Times, and KIRO Television. I was a member of the Task Force on the High School Financial Planning Program for the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). I have presented for the Rhode Island Department of Education, Office of Diverse Learners, and at the University of Washington's Innovative Technology for Autism Symposium.
Per the Superintendent of Public Schools, I have passed both the FBI Criminal Background Check and the Washington State Patrol background check.
My book, Breaking the Trance: A Practical Guide for Parenting the Screen Dependent Child, co-authored with George Lynn, is available online and at bookstores. It is an easy-to-follow and practical guide that helps parents understand recreational screen media use at home.