My Mission Statement
During this unprecedented and difficult time of Covid 19 and school closures my mission is to offer a safe alternative for students to be able to continue the education process with as little interruption as is possible. My goal is to offer a safe, appropriate, U.S. accredited one-on-one program to a limited number of students.
A Little About Myself
Teaching and working with young people has been a passion of mine for more than 40 years. In 2001, after 26 years of a thoroughly rewarding teaching experience, mostly in Volusia County, Florida with both incredible students, and colleagues, I went on an adventure to teach in Costa Rica, to learn a new language and culture - to become fully immersed and to gain a better understanding and empathy for that culture, and to improve my Spanish skills. I felt that this would help me better reach the diverse population of students that make up most schools in Florida and the United States.
I taught in Costa Rican bi-lingual, internationally diverse schools, Country Day School, St. Mary's, and Blue Valley School, for 16 years and retired from working in educational institutions to tutor, work with home school programs, and to do educational consultation with parents, as well as schools.
After 18 years in Costa Rica I came out of retirement and although my home is Costa Rica, returned to the United States to teach at an inner city school in Florida for one year. The Covid crises required that the last three months of school be done online. I was reappointed for the 2020-2021 school year but because my home and family is in Costa Rica and Florida is intending to have students return to their physical school settings I instead chose to request a leave of absence for the year from my position due to the uncertainty and question of the ability to keep both students and teachers safe.
I have returned to Costa Rica, where I had received citizenship, and decided to offer my services to teach home school in a one-on-one teacher/student setting utilizing a fully accredited home school from the United States. I offer in home (Practicing safe procedures and protocol) home school services to a very limited number of students in a one-on-one setting to ensure a completely individualized learning experience.
I have always been extremely involved in school activities other than my teaching duties. These include music, art, sports, and writing and can include one or more of these in offering elective course possibilties for my students.
I held a valid Florida Teaching Certificate for 30 years, until 2004, that included multiple content area certifications, K-12. At that time I had no plans of returning to Florida to teach and did not need to keep it valid to teach in Costa Rica and I allowed it to lapse. I completed all the steps to reinstate my certificate in Exceptional Student Education K-12, Middle Grades Science, and Physical Education K-12 which allowed to teach again in Florida which, as I said, I did during the 2019-2020 school year.
My passions are many - music (I have been a performing musician/singer for 40+ years), athletics, in particular surfing, art, and writing are some my favorites. I