With twelve years of teaching experience--from kindergarten
through college level--I've helped hundreds of students hurdle grammar
Presently, I teach remedial reading and writing on the college level, a job I love, since it allows me to help students build the foundation for skills they need in all of their courses and for their career goals. I also work as a tutor in the writing lab of our college. In this capacity, I've had the opportunity to meet students from Mongolia to Chicago, and all places in between, and help them accomplish their educational goals. My permanent certification in English
As a Second/Other Language
enables me to adapt to the needs of non-native English speakers. This facility also helps in the classroom, as I teach in a diversified setting in a large urban environment. I speak Spanish
fluently, as I spent a year in Madrid and also a year in Argentina teaching English to students, K-12. There, I developed the curriculum, including an assortment of appropriate reading and writing materials for my students.
Before that experience, I taught boys in a juvenile prison setting where I was able to elevate reading levels from third grade
to high school graduate credit. I was named Teacher of the Year from Florida for my efforts to bring language and reading development to my students. This accolade is one of my proudest achievements--only because my students were able to achieve!
My expertise crosses the curriculum, but, that said, I am particularly adept at teaching and tutoring English writing. Prior to my work as a teacher, I was a working journalist at several newspapers throughout the Midwest, where I wrote news and feature articles and also worked as an assistant editor
While I bring this strong writing experience to the table, I believe it is essential to build reading skills to enhance the writing experience. Also, an appreciation of all the liberal arts, including an appreciation of other languages and cultures, is a strong feature of my approach to education.
Every student is different, with different requirements, and I find that teaching/tutoring is a challenging and rewarding field where I can contribute my talent and help others.