|How have your past experiences prepared you for teaching? How did you become interested in education?
I think my grandparents first got me interested in herbalism. As a child I roamed their small farm, mingling with the animals and plants. I was alone with no other playmates so learned early on how to communicate with my animal and plant friends. That ability has never left me, and today I use it still.
Both my parents and one grandmother were teachers. I didn't think I wanted to teach, but as I grew older and became more involved in my herbal studies I became passionate about sharing that knowledge. I love it when a student, formal or informal, catches that passion and in turn learns to empower him or herself by taking charge of their own health decisions.
I learned "on the job", but was educated as a teacher (B.A. in Modern Languages & Education) & taught others what I was able to figure out from the start, BUT I was dragged kicking & screaming by Rosetta LeNoire to teach regular, twice-weekly classes for her Amas Repertory Theater School in 1968. Before that I taught children & individuals from 1961 on an "as the opportunity arose" basis.
Have my own "official" school since 1970.
I was bullied for 27 years and have taken what happened to me and how I have been learning to overcome it by educating others on this serious topic. Educating that this is outright abusive behavior.
I grew up wanting to teach, raising my aspirations with every grade from elementary through secondary through college and beyond graduate school. The climb in ages corresponded with ever broader perspectives so that today I aspire to reconcile divergent cultures and viewpoints.
I ended my 30-year Air Force career teaching at the National Defense University in Washington, DC and LOVED it.
As a white-water river guide and professional snowboard instructor many of my clients recommended that I go into a professional education career. I love nature so science is a great fit. My entire family is full of teachers as well.
I was homeschooled an always knew that I would homeschool any children I may have. When we first began homeschooling Taliesin, we tried very conventional, traditional methods. That just did not work. So we began experimenting with more progressive methods. A few months ago, literally, I decided that it was time to take my interest in education a step further and opened the childcare.
I became interested in education when I had my first child. I taught my child until he became of age for preschool, then became a parent volunteer each year he was in public school until he reached the end of his 8th grade year. I was then preparing my second-born child for preschool and became a parent volunteer each year she was in public school until the end of her 7th grade year. At this point, we decided to enter homeschooling. After much research and several meetings and phone calls with other parents who homeschool, I gathered my materials and began to teach my daughter at home.
My Mother was a Creative Writing teacher and that, I am sure, influenced me. However, my desire to teach came later when I found myself wanting to give back to my community and help mentor younger people.
In high school, I was in speech, and that prepared to speak with passion and animation before an audience. I am also an ordained minister, which helps a great deal. My interest in education came when graduating from college desiring to study history on the grad level. What else could I do, but teach?
I began teaching Mathematics in the evenings at a Technical College in Georgia (USA) in 1994 and have loved teaching from that moment since.
My family had a significant impact on my choice of a profession. My father, my uncle, two of my aunts were all teachers.
A love of the subjects and a passion for learning & Teaching
I became interested in education as a sort of "default" position. Teaching is something of a family tradition--or family curse, depending on how you look at it. When I was in college, unsure of what to do, I decided that I might as well go into teaching.
Any skill I have in teaching has been developed over the years, little by little--an accumulation of all my experiences as a student and a teacher. When I first started, I was utterly unsure of what to do, how to start. Scary to think that, when I had just barely completed my education courses, the city of New York considered me "qualified" to teach a junior high school English class. I wasn't. Thankfully, a different opportunity came along, and I ended up only teaching some writing classes at a college level. Over time, though, I've developed a repertory of tricks and techniques--along with the confidence to walk into a classroom and feel like I can offer something to my students.
|Tim Schneider is the President and founder of Soaring Eagle Enterprises, Inc. His mission, as well as that of his company, has always been "Committed Only to Your Success."
Over the past twenty years, Mr. Schneider has become one of the most sought after speakers, instructors and professional facilitators in the nation. Renowned for both his style and the content of his messages, Tim delivers powerful messages about customer service, team work, leadership, communication and personal success. Stylistically, he brings an unparalleled enthusiasm, passion and power to his speaking and teaching which always infects his audience. His love of teaching and speaking becomes obvious within the first few minutes of each presentation. Equally obvious is his sense of humor and desire to make each session enjoyable and fun. You will also quickly see that Mr. Schneider never reads from a script and is very animated and in a constant state of motion while working.
Author of both Providing Superior Customer Service and Follow Me, I am the Leader, Mr. Schneider is currently nearing completion of his third work, The Ten Commandments of Leadership. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Community College of Southern Nevada and his professional accreditations include the American Society for Training and Development, International Speaker's Association, International Association of Facilitators, Society for Human Resource Development and Institute for Adventure Learning.
Prior to becoming an instructor, facilitator and speaker, Tim was a senior executive for several major financial service providers in the southwest. He holds a doctorate in Organizational Development, a masters degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University and a cum laude bachelors degree in Finance from the University of Wyoming. Personally, Mr. Schneider is married and is the father of two children. He is also the step-father to Scooter and Sammy the Dachshunds.
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