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For the last 16 years, I have been a full-time classroom instructor. The last eight of those years have been spent in the community college classroom. During those 16 years, I have taught courses in English, literature, Spanish, drama appreciation, journalism, speech, American history, world history, European history, world religions, Georgia history, African American history, academic writing, and college success/preparation. Those years of experience have given me a firm foundation and an ability to be creative in pedagogy/andragogy. In addition, I have experience tutoring students at the high school and college level in both academic areas and life/college skills.
My approach to education/tutoring is that all students have potential. Through research conducted both professionally and personally, I have found that intelligence is not only measurable, but it can also be developed and honed. For many years, the general public, and sadly, educators, believed that intelligence could not be developed and built. In other words, it was a generally accepted theory that if you were not "born smart, you could never be smart." Educators and researchers like Dr. Kathleen Hopkins Ricard and Dr. Terry Doyle have repudiated that claim and demonstrated that students of all ability levels can learn and develop skills previously thought unattainable. Through my years of professional experience I have also learned that with content knowledge and retention, instructors and tutors should focus on building skills in their students. Critical thinking, critical reading, argumentation, persuasion, public speaking and independent learning skills are all examples of learning and life skills that should be developed in students by their instructors. The ancient Chinese proverb "Give a man a fish, he eats one meal, but give a man a fishing pole and teach him how to fish, and he eats a lifetime," is my guiding principle in terms of teaching and tutoring. In many instances, under performing students oftentimes suffer from lack of learning skills rather than lack of intelligence, thus creating a lack of motivation to learn. Students become frustrated because they cannot understand the importance and greater lessons of the academic content they are studying. Once students understand a better approach to learning and what deeper lessons and skills can be gleaned from their subject material, they tend to approach the study in a more positive manner and with a more welcoming attitude.
Above all else, I enjoy watching my students learn. I enjoy demonstrating to them how the content material can be used in their daily lives outside the classroom. Having authored four books on Georgia history and taking the helm of two historical societies in the metro Atlanta area, I have the unique opportunity to show students how my expertise in reading, writing, history, research and genealogy have benefited my personal and professional lives.
I hold a master's degree in US history from Georgia College and State University.
I was the 2006 Dr. William Ivey Hair Outstanding Graduate Student in History at Georgia College and State University.
I graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in US history from The University of Georgia.
I am a published author with four books and multiple articles on Georgia and US history.
I am a full-time college professor teaching courses in US history, world history, African American history, Georgia history, the history of World Religions, and the history of religion in America.
I am currently the department chair of the history department at my campus.
I am the president of a local historical/genealogical society.
One of my specialties is helping students understand the importance of history. I can offer assistance in helping students learn how to remember the dates of important events, understand the causal relationships between significant events in history, understand the historical significance of historical events, and conduct academic research using credible sources. I can also offer assistance in helping students think chronologically, spatially, and critically. I understand how to help students see the importance of geography and the development of culture in relation to history, as well as the importance of using history as a guide to understanding the present.
-Experienced in helping students prepare for standardized exams.
-Former writing, reading, and critical analysis teacher/tutor
-Over 16 years of experience in the classroom, including high school and college
-Former technical college instructor
I hold a masters in history, part of which is religious history. In addition, I am an ordained Baptist minister, having over ten years experience teaching Bible and ministering in the Christian faith.
I taught high school English and literature for eight years. During that time, I covered the literature of Greece and Rome. In addition, I currently teach world civilizations courses at the college level, which includes the development of the classical world. I have tutored and taught Greek tragedies, dramas and poetry, as well as those from Rome. I am familiar with basic concepts of history and literature from the Classical age.
I have 16 years of teaching experience.
I have eight years of college teaching experience.
I taught for one year in the adult education program (GED prep) at Southeastern Technical College.
I taught high school and middle school English, reading, and writing for eight years.
I am a published author.
I have tutored for the last five years.
I am a qualified standardized test tutor, and my experience falls in SAT, ACT, GED, and ASVAB tutoring.
I hold a master's and bachelor's in history, and part of my master's study was in southern politics. In addition, I have held public office, taught high school civics and geography, and passed the Praxis II in high school social studies in 2001 (the test has been replaced by GACE I and II now) that included political science and government.
As a college professor, I teach the skill of public speaking in my courses through the use of oral presentations, in-class debates. In addition, as a professor, I do a great deal of public speaking to my classes and to civic and educational groups. I also am an ordained minister, and as such I spend a lot of time speaking to large groups.
I have over 16 years experience teaching reading intensive subjects and literacy. Currently, I am a college professor.
I am an ordained Baptist minister. I also hold a Master's degree in history, and I teach courses on the history of world religions, the history of the development of religion in America, and the history of the development of religion in the ancient and classical age. I teach world civilizations courses which require students to master basic concepts in world religion and theology.
I have eight years of experience teaching high school and middle school English, grammar, reading, writing, and academic research skills. In addition, I have eight years of college teaching experience in writing and reading intensive subjects. I also have five years of tutoring experience. I am also a former SAT prep teacher and workshop leader. I am a published author and researcher. Specifically, I have over ten years of experience teaching and tutoring SAT Reading, SAT Writing, ACT English, ASVAB, and GED prep.
I am a veteran teacher, having 16 years of classroom teaching experience at the middle school, high school, technical college, and community college levels. In my years in the community college classroom, I have taught study skills courses and focused on how students can be prepared for all levels of study.
Courses taught at the college level:
American History 1
American History 2
World History 1
World History 2
History of World Religions
History of Religion in America
College Success and Skills
I have had four books published since 2009, have over 16 years in the high school and college classroom teaching teenagers and adults, and hold a masters degree. I have also worked with editing and proofreading organizations, tutored adults and teenagers for the last five years, and specialize in adult learning, particularly in reading and writing.
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