Thank you for viewing my profile. I'm Troy, and though my love for learning extends to many many areas, I can sum up my "mission statement" easily: I enjoy helping people become better readers, thinkers, and writers. I'm currently an English Teacher at an alternative high school, a place where I enjoy the opportunity to find and nurture talents and abilities that my students may not know they possess.
In addition to entering my sixth year of teaching English this September, I have over five years of experience tutoring all general subjects in small-group and one-on-one situations. The settings in which I've been privileged to work range widely from public pre-, elementary, middle, and high schools to special ed./self-contained/B.D. classrooms to summer school and college-introductory camps to an adolescent educational program in a drug rehab to an ESL program helping brand new Americans learn our complex language to tutoring a 6-year-old nephew with serious behavior disorders. Having experience with such a diversity of people, I say with confidence that I value each unique student in my care; to me, even a class of fifteen is viewed not so much as a class, but as 15 INDIVIDUALS. Whatever my setting, I like to create an open, safe, productive, and fun learning environment, where I can get to know each student's personality, interests, and abilities- encouraging and enhancing strengths, targeting and improving areas of difficulty.
My knowledge of Language Arts content is solid, particularly at the high school level, though my experience in various educational settings affords me the ability to work with students of ANY grade. Further, being a lifelong artist, a writer and poet since age 16, and having performed in theatre and spoken word on countless occasions, I bring to the table an enthusiasm for making literature and writing come alive. (However, I can also COMPLETELY identify with the frustration that Language Arts can present and enjoy working with the student who has NO love for English at all:) In addition, I enjoy drawing and dabbling in all things creative, and can thus relate to those who think "outside the box."
I look forward to the opportunity to help you reach your educational goals. I possess a commitment to any student I work with, and refuse to give up on someone, ESPECIALLY when he/she is struggling. It is my drive and pleasure to successfully help you build confidence and command over whatever subject you seek to pass or excel in. Whatever the reason for your need- whether you simply JUST DON'T GET the subject, love it but get tripped up by it, are bored out your mind by it, or have old learning gaps that need filling- let's find a way to succeed TOGETHER.
Thanks again for your time, and I truly hope to be of service to you.
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