Currently, I teach English at Queensborough Community College in the City University of New York. I have also taught in other CUNY schools. My experience includes the following: Composition, Creative Writing, Literature, Grammar, Business Writing, Remedial Reading and Writing Classes, and Test Prep Classes (CUNY proficiency and placement exams).
In CUNY, I have taught many students who do not speak English as their first language.
In addition to having taught English in CUNY, I have taught poetry workshops to handicapped children and English and History in a private high school.
Wherever and whatever I've taught, I've always been most concerned with the needs and interests of the student. While some students learn well from books and lectures, others learn best by doing. For such students, I try to make learning as interactive and practical as possible. I like to tie what I teach to examples and skills in the "real" world, and whenever I mark a paper or have a session with a student, I end with two or three specific suggestions or goals that I believe the student can reach.
People who have observed my classes have used words like "intuitive," "intelligent" and "improvisational" in their reports. I have also been described as a "good facilitator" and someone who "creates and atmosphere of mutual trust and respect."
One of the reasons I enjoy teaching and tutoring is that I enjoy interacting with people. Another is that I believe knowledge and information become learning when they are shared. Such learning can include, but is not limited to the academic subjects I've taught: I've also conducted classes and workshops in bicycle repair and bicycling, and I have informally tutored friends and acquaintances in everything from how to do an Excel spreadsheet to how to make lasagna.
Finally, in addition to the subjects I've mentioned, I can also tutor Spanish--or give you or your child very specific help in other subjects if Spanish is your first language.
Please write to me or give me a call so I can work with you or your child to help you meet your personal, academic and professional goals by improving your skills and knowledge.
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