I am a former news reporter and grant writer with a B.A. cum laude in Classics from Harvard University. For almost 20 years, I have taught drama and creative writing for all ages in Bay Area public schools. I have also led workshops at UC Berkeley and UC Davis. I have done coursework in Teaching for Understanding with Harvard Graduate School of Education and in 2012 received a post baccalaureate Certificate in Writing from UC Berkeley. While working as
founding Artistic Director of an educational arts company, I edited 30 books of original poetry by students, and developed an award winning cross-disciplinary education program recognized for excellence by local civic organizations and the California Arts Council. In addition, I hold an English substitute teacher credential with the Oakland Unified School District. I received a perfect score in my English SAT exam and a top scores in grammar and writing in my CBEST exams (required for substitute credentialing).
My approach to teaching is based on years of experience teaching kindergarten children through senior citizens. I work with learners to find ways to make learning fun and interesting, to re-awaken natural curiosity. I have an in-depth knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and writing techniques: I use techniques practiced by the UC Berkeley English department for writing research essays, creative nonfiction or personal essays. I also teach how to analyze and interpret literature or poetry in ways that relate to real life. Most importantly, I work with students to "own" his or her learning, to understand the relevance of education both personally and professionally.
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