My teaching career, though I don't like to use the word "career" because it's more than a "career," started over seven years ago. After earning a BA in Writing and English I taught writing, literature, and reading comprehension at a private research school for students with learning disabilities. A year later I began teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) to ELLs (English Language Learners) at a public elementary school. I then relocated and spent three years teaching ESL at a private language school in Boston. There I taught intensive English courses and Electives including but not limited to Academic Writing, Vocabulary Development, Pronunciation, and Idioms/Expressions. It was my experiences teaching ESL that led me to pursue a Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics. While working towards my degree I tutored ESL composition at the university and during the summers taught writing and reading in a bridge program for students conditionally accepted to the university. I also spent time volunteering as a writing coach for an alternative sentencing program, working mostly with youth in the local community. This led to another volunteer opportunity as a tutor and mentor in a community literacy program for women seeking asylum in the US. And now, after a lot of hard work and yet another relocation across the country, I'm currently enrolled in a PhD program in the field of Composition (Writing) and Linguistics. I study language systems, language acquisition and instruction as well as the teaching and craft of writing. In addition to being a student (again!), I teach college composition classes. This is all to say that I come with a great deal of experience as a teacher, but more importantly, I love what I do.
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