I have always loved the written word. When I was little I would read for hours and hours on end (I still do). One day when I was in second grade, my teacher noticed my reading material and asked my mother if she could test my reading level. My mother acquiesced and my teacher's conclusion was that I was reading and comprehending literature, "better than most fifth graders."
That level of understanding and voracious love only grew as the subtler arts of words and writing revealed themselves to me. By the time high school rolled around, if you had a problem with your English class you came to me. It did not matter if it was the assigned reading (or the unassigned), a written assignment, or even college applications, I could help. Even our class valedictorian came to me to assist her in writing our graduation speech.
There were some that tried to get me to write their papers for them or fix their mistakes, but they were soon straightened out. I would rather sit with someone for hours getting them to understand what they did wrong, how to fix it, and how to watch for it so it doesn't happen the next time, than take a few minutes and do it for them.
On my SATs I scored a 670 in reading and a 610 in writing. I also partook in aptitude tests at the Johnson O'Connor Institute where I scored "off the charts" in 'ideaphoria' (the ability to come up with many ideas and perspectives when faced with a problem). This indicated that teaching was an excellent fit for me as it demonstrated my ability to reach all different people on a variety of levels when communicating an idea.
I love the written word in all its forms and I want to share and encourage that love in others.
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