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As a high school English teacher for twenty-five years, I have had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of students in the United States, Singapore, and Jordan. My experience, coupled with two master's degrees---one in English literature, and the other in teaching English as a second language---have helped to make my instruction highly effective in developing students' understanding, skills, and ability to think critically. My first responsibility is to understand what students already understand and what they need to learn. To gain this information, I focus on asking open-ended questions that encourage students to reflect, recall, and synthesize information. I believe the purpose of an education is to empower students to think for themselves. To do this, they need to develop skills (composing, analyzing, reading, listening, and thinking) and habits of mind (for example, self-confidence, curiosity, skepticism, fair-mindedness, and integrity). I find the process of working one-on-one with students deeply satisfying, and I look forward to working with you!
I have over twenty-five years of experience in designing lessons to guide students
to identify the specific skills and concepts they need to focus on; organize their preparations for the exam to make the most of their time; use sound principles of effective practice; develop their abilities to think, read, and write; learn and apply the test-taking techniques that will help them achieve higher scores on Advanced Placement, SAT, and ACT exams.
B.A., Stanford University (English/Creative Writing)
M.A., University of California at Los Angeles (English)
M.A., University of Hawaii at Manoa (Applied Linguistics/ESL)
26 years in private high schools in Hawaii (teacher, department head)
As a teacher for 26 years, I have worked closely and extensively with students helping them organize and use their time efficiently. I have taught them how to take notes, annotate texts effectively, set goals, break complex tasks down into simpler steps, and recall information. I use these methods all the time to accomplish my own goals!
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