I decided to take up elementary education after being laid off from the computer industry in 2000, where I held many positions during my 16 years at Sun Microsystems, Inc., including UNIX Systems Administrator and Sybase Database Support Engineer. I ran a family home childcare since 2001, helping children with their homework. I started substitute teaching and tutoring when I received my teaching credential in 2008. I am Marla Berg-Vivit, a single parent, of two wonderful children, Shelby, my daughter, 28, who received her Bachelors in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco, now teaching bike frame building in Ashland, Oregon, and Casey, my son, 25, is a Manager of the Santa Rosa Sports Basement Store. While my children were in middle school and high school, I furthered my own education, while running a family home childcare. I recieved my Master's Degree in Education and a California Teaching Credential in the multiple subjects discipline (elementary education) in 2008. I closed my childcare in 2012, and have been substituting in the local public school systems, with a focus on tutoring, ever since.
I work with all learning styles. Good decision-making and self-learning, while promoting interpersonal communications, is what I use to help guide my teaching. These are key elements which contribute to the child’s development, self-esteem and confidence.
To the left: Link and Ganondorf from the video game called The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, an adventure game where Link must face many trials and saves the world from the evil king, Ganondorf, while solving many puzzles. The Legend of Zelda is a series of video games that promote critical thinking skills to solve problems, a key focus on the new Common Core Curriculum of California.