ESL tutor, passionate about content strategy, web standards, typography, and intercultural usability. And anything else that strikes my fancy.
I have been teaching high school science in Minnesota since January of 2002. Most of my teaching experience has been with at-risk student populations. This means that I have had to teach science to students who didn't usually want to be in school. I have enjoyed this challenge and have learned immensely from it. Making science relevant to my students is my main goal and I hope that some of those tendencies are found in any packets I create on Sophia.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, at a very early age, moved to Iowa when I was 2, moved to Springfield, Illinois when I was 18, and moved to Minnesota when I was 29. In Iowa, I lived in four different cities. My Dad was a preacher, and their families, like "Army brats," move a lot. You could call me a "Preacher Brat." Most called me "P.K." (Preacher's Kid) I've been called worse. (rim shot, please) I grew up the second of five children during the Cold War, and boy was I tired of wearing a parka...... Anyway... I had to practice air raid drills, where we hid under our desks and giggled, frankly, because not too many of us at that age took it seriously. On the other hand, we also had Hula Hoops, the Beatles, and malt shops. 'Twas a good time to be a kid. I went to college in the Land of Lincoln, majored in English, earned an IL teaching license, and taught English in Springfield, IL, in both junior high (n/k/a middle school) and high school. After six short years of teaching, I moved to MN for a change of pace, and worked as a substitute teacher, a night janitor, a social worker with senior citizens, a bindery machine operator in a printing company, and most recently as a paralegal. I like music of all sorts, but especially like blues, big band swing, and strong symphonies (think Beethoven). My favorite symphonic piece is the Fourth Movement of Beethoven's Ninth, the "Ode To Joy" chorale. Nothing gets the hairs on my neck to stand up like that one does. I also stick my nose in a lot of books, mostly mystery or spy novels, but also historical fiction (currently reading "New York," by Edward Rutherfurd). And I'm a sucker for almost anything about the Revolutionary War. I am associating my self with Sophia Learning because I love to teach, and am increasingly sorry I strayed from the classroom. Had we had the internet, Facebook, YouTube, and all the other sources we now have, I would have used them back then in the "Dark Ages." As it was, about all I had was textbooks and newspapers to get my grammar points across. I have no Facebook, therefore am "friend"less. I take that back -- I have a Facebook page, but rarely use it. It hasn't been updated in about a year. And I don't Twit.... or Tweet. I am not a "public" person; I like my privacy, as does Bob Dylan, for example. So mostly I just make a call or email, and mostly to my two children, and other family members. Speaking of my kids, I have two girls, who live on o
My name is Al Greene. I am currently a graduate teaching assistant at St. Cloud State University. I am pursuing my M.S. in Applied Statistics. I graduated with my B.S. from SCSU in Mathematical Statistics, with minors in mathematics and human relations. I was recently married to an amazing and beautiful woman named Linda. We have a 6 year old son named Ethan, whom we adore. We also have another child on the way. I love my life.
Hi! I'm Nikki. I was born to American parents in Germany but I grew up in Tokyo, Japan. I graduated high school in 2006, and moved to the US to start college! I am finishing up at the University of Minnesota in Dec 2010 and starting my Masters of Education program in June! My favorite color is green, my major is English and I have 2 cats.
I have taught at Minneapolis public Schools since 1987.I attended Ball State University in Indiana for my M.A. in education. I received my ESL teaching license from Hamline University.My first training in teaching abroad was in 1969 in France at Ecole Normale des Filles at Bordeaux . I attended Universite de Talence , Bordeaux , France for Social Studies at the same year. I have worked in Minneapolis as French, Bilingual and ESL teacher. My experience working with k-12 is over 25 years. I am looking forward to work with students to improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and above all , to support teachers preparing students to achieve their math and reading goals. If you would like to contact me, I can be reached via our school phone at (612)668-4610, or you can e-mail me at: Banlang.Phommasouvanh@mpls.k12.mn.us