I have been teaching for over 5 years, and I love being a helping hand to students of all ages. In my career as a middle school teacher, and now as an online tutor, I have had the opportunity to help kids understand and come to enjoy a variety of subjects including: art, technology, math, writing, social studies and Spanish. I am dedicated to assisting students in understanding concepts in fun and creative ways so that they are able to reach their full potential. I like to make sure that each session is stress-free for the student, that they leave having a clear concept of what was gone over and feel positive about the learning process and their progress!
Born and raised in Thousand Oaks, CA. I grew up taking pleasure in as many outdoor activities that I could such as bike riding, skating, hiking, swimming, and just hanging outside. I left high school early and decided to take my GED. I then began working nights as a carrier for the local newspaper. I soon decided to move onto a day job and began work in the banking industry where I spent 10+ years at various banks and credit unions working my way from Teller to Assistant Manager. At the beginning of my banking career I attended the local Jr College and dabbled in a variety courses searching for my path. In my mid 20's I moved to Bakersfield, CA and decided to go back to school earning my BS in Psychology while continuing to work in the banking industry. Eventually I started looking for positions related to Psychology and began working in the school systems and well, the rest is history...or written in my experience.
Doreen Lwanga is a special education and early childhood educator with over two decades of teaching students from PreK to graduate school. Doreen started teaching right after high school as an Adult English Tutor to Bangladesh immigrant women in Uganda to facilitate them to work alongside their husbands in family businesses. As a college student at Makerere University in Uganda, she worked as Human Rights Trainer, mentoring student volunteers as young human rights activists for prisoners and refugees.
In graduate school, Doreen was a Research and Writing Tutor to fellow students, providing help in developing and producing their research proposals, including research design and methodology, data collection, and analysis. Simultaneously, working as a Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate Political Science class on Africa International Politics.
In 2014, Doreen explored teaching PreK-12 in school districts within Pocono Mountain of northeast Pennsylvania as a Substitute Teacher in general and special education. She has gained competence in implementing teacher-designed lesson plans, incorporating her own academic and professional expertise, as well as state standards, curriculum materials, and other education best practices. She also works as an Online Writing Tutor with students around the country from PreK-college. In March 2020, following the COVID_19 emergency shutdown, Doreen started "When Kids Teach," to help students across the country complete teacher-assigned activities. For students in the South and Midwest whose schools closed, Doreen designed lessons and learning activities for them.
Doreen obtained a Master in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, a Bachelor's of Science in Special Education and Early Childhood Education from the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology, Geography & French from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Doreen has also studied in Norway and The Netherlands.
Educating and preparing students for their futures has always been the focus of my work. Through my time as a teacher's aide, I was responsible for co-teaching elementary-level math, reading, and writing. In addition, I learned how to lead and manage a classroom in a way that keeps students engaged and focused. During my time as a juvenile counselor, I provided special art and writing programs that helped encourage juveniles to do reflective thinking and to plan for their futures. In addition, I was able to tutor these students with their high-school and college-level school work. By doing this, I was able to help these students progress in school and catch up to their peers who attended regular school. In my time as a Girl Scouts program specialist, I am responsible for teaching curriculum for all group levels. The curriculum often involves space science research, business education, and general knowledge that can be useful for young girls. Lastly, as a substitute teacher for elementary-level students, I am tasked with leading new classrooms and students everyday, which has enhanced my teaching skills and allowed for me to have more experience with all types of learners. Overall, much of my experience has helped me become a patient, well-rounded, and caring educator, which has helped encourage many children thus far.