I enjoyed a nearly three-decade career as an English teacher of middle school and gifted high school students. During that time, most of which I also served as a department chair at a local Day School, I created and administered material covering every aspect of the English curriculum, including, most importantly, composition and literature, as well as grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and speech. I also inaugurated and led several interdisciplinary initiatives, sometimes administering a program for the entire school, as well as special projects and events within the English department.
My students at L.F.C.D.S. ranged from gifted and talented to members of our Learning Development Department who were main-streamed and invariably went on to great success in high school, often at the honors level. Many of our alumni returned to tell me of their success in high school and college, and a high percentage went on to become English majors. I have established a reputation with a large portion of my students as the individual who gave them their foundational skills of writing as well as sharing my passion for literature. I also enjoyed 16 summers teaching literary analysis to gifted and talented high school students at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development; a great many of these students have also stayed in touch, many of them tutoring with me. Working with my private clarinet students, their performances and achievement, has also been a staple in my life.
Retirement from one phase of my career was the beginning of another. I continue teaching my English tutorial students and private clarinet students of all ages. I am very enthusiastic about helping students better learn to read, write and think, and my own passion for literature continues to grow. I enjoy the many successes both my English and instrumental students have achieved, including several who have 800's on the SAT or 36's on the ACT, many award winners, and countless with college scholarships.
In addition to tutoring, I currently consult with educational research and test-prep companies, writing ACT-like tests and leading workshops on the ACT for teachers. I have also done free-lance writing and editing, including the editing of a seven-volume grammar series for Perfection Publications. I also recently taught a college composition course at Le Cordon Bleu, an accredited culinary college.
I have always felt that teaching is the one service profession through which one can help others to grow positively, one that does not depend on a person's previous problems in order for the teacher to contribute. I always feel that my life is worthwhile as a teacher. I will never stop being one.
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