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Reading and writing are two of my favorite pastimes, and I consider it a wonderful privilege to have the opportunity to share them with others! I can offer an enthusiastic approach to improving both the technical skills and the enjoyment of writing in any style by focusing on positive motivation as well as proper writing elements.
I recently returned to the Atlanta Area after serving for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer working in the South Pacific as an English teacher and Primary Teacher Trainer. I started that adventure shortly after I graduated from Valdosta State University in 2010 with a BA in Literature. While I attended VSU I worked as a peer tutor for writing, reading comprehension, and grammar in the university's Student Success Center. It was one of the best jobs I have ever had (along with the Peace Corps, of course)! I have also worked as an editor, staff writer, and reporter for several local and national publications while I attended school and during my time abroad. My young career has been full of using my reading and writing skills to find the best way to express myself and to help others to do the same.
I greatly enjoy reading and writing, and the opportunity to pass that eagerness to express oneself onto others. Still, I understand that learning to do these things takes time, patience, and some well-focus dedication. I am looking forward to helping you find the skills and excitement needed to accomplish all of your goals in using the English language to express yourself, too.
I majored in English Literature as a undergrad at Valdosta State University and reading is easily my favorite pastime. I have learned a great deal about the inner workings of story whether it is about plot lines, character development, or themes and genres. After I graduated from college I went abroad to teach English to children and teachers in the South Pacific. I spent two years sharing everything I could about this great language and I learned what it takes to help others truly understand the meaning of the language. It is my goal here to share with others the skill needed to find both the proper elements of stories as well as the enjoyment that should come with reading them. I know that with a little time and patience I will be able to help others learn to master the important elements of the subject and eventually come find their own enjoyment in finding things out for themselves.
Reading has been a passion of mine since I was very young and that fact lead me to major in Literature and Criticism as a college student. I have read novels, short stories, poems, plays, and essays of many different origins and subjects throughout my education. I greatly enjoy the challenges of finding meanings and creating opinions based on the events of each of these story telling practices. And I can help you develop similar approaches that I use to remember characters, their traits, understand story line, and how to use that to form opinions and write effectively about them. Like so many things reading is a process with certain necessary techniques we must use to get everything out of the story we are reading, and I would love to help you develop those for yourself.
I have considerable experience with Phonics due to my time working as a teacher in the South Pacific with Peace Corps, and because it is how I learned to read and write as well. I have taught the various elements of phonics including phonemic awareness, letter names and sounds, verbal cues, and fun games to aid in the learning process. I have taught these lessons to English speaking and non-English speaking students as well as to teachers in training sessions. I am very comfortable with this material and with finding an enjoyable way to teach it to children still trying to grasp the complexity of the English language through speaking, reading and writing. My approach to teaching a child with phonics is to break the different elements into manageable portions with a fun focus on productive games and activities. I also strive to start at the basics to ensure future lessons will have a strong foundation to build on for the student allowing for a complete understanding of the language. Phonics is a teaching method that is very effective especially if the student is eagerly engaged in the process. This is a subject I thoroughly enjoy teaching because it is such a rewarding accomplishment for the student.
Speaking in public is an interesting subject because it deals as much with emotional preparation as it does with intellectual or physical ability of a person. Having the emotional steadiness to deliver a presentation, a speech, or even just a short remark goes a long way in learning to speak well in public. The first time I was asked to speak in front of an audience of strangers I was 12 years old; I was too young to realize I should have been nervous and I delivered my speech well. It was later that I learned that speaking publicly required a lot more focus and deliberation that I originally thought in my first experience with it. And of course, the nerves came, but so did the understanding of how to prepare myself completely before I delivered my message. In high school I was give dozens of opportunities to practice this craft at events in my school, at my church, and during numerous extracurricular activities. Then in college I took courses on leadership and public speaking to help me understand the finer points of presenting myself as well as my message. I became aware of the importance of body language, facial expressions, tone, pace, even attire. I learned how to master these skills and adapt them to fit my personal style. Now I have give hundreds of speeches of varying length and importance. I have even given speeches in other languages. I learned through all of my experiences in public speaking that it is just as important to be emotionally as well as physically and intellectually prepared, and I am confident I can help others to find that same level of comfort when it comes to speaking publicly.
I have spent much of my life writing various forms of text from essays to journals to academic papers to newspaper articles. Writing has always been a enjoyable activity for me which is why I have spent so much time pursuing new reasons and styles to write in. In college, it was primarily papers and essays, but I had the chance eventually to write for numerous media publications as well which meant I had plenty of editors. I focused intently on succeeding at mastering every form of writing I could and it paid off in big ways for me. In addition to writing for newspapers and magazines I started using my knowledge to tutor my peers at my university in writing elements. After school I joined the Peace Corps and was sent to the South Pacific to teaching English which had a heavy focus on the writing portion of the language skills. I spent two years teaching ESL learners how to better their writing styles and spelling and grammar, of course, too. I consider writing to be my first skill and it one I understand very well, but equal to knowing my own ability is remembering what it took to develop it. It is my intention to share with you the simple steps of writing and the elements that go into it. I can help you work from simple word choices and sentence structures to form and flow of your writing with a little patience and practice.
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