I come from a family of teachers, especially English! I grew up in an environment committed to clarity in both oral and verbal communication. I also have to credit my eight brothers and sisters for teaching me the virtue of patience and learning how to deal with a wide assortment of personalities.
After earning a BA in English from Columbia University, I received my Masters in Education at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
I have taught from the third grade up to senior level subjects, from basic grammar and composition courses to more specialized courses such as journalism and public speaking. In my many years of teaching, I have come to appreciate that effective writing is about the most difficult --and most worthwhile -- skill to master.
My experience ranges from underprivileged urban students to college-prep suburban students. Acting as a personal and academic adviser for 10-15 students annually over the past 18 years, I feel as though I have a good sense of the numerous non-academic pressures adolescent life brings with it.
I have extensive experience in helping students with the research paper process. I just completed a a one-year sabbatical to complete a Masters in Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago.
During my 22 years of teaching, I have explored other interests, coaching debate, developing an a capella group, moderating school newspapers, drama productions and yearbooks.
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