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Hello Tutor Seekers! I am excited to work with you to help you build, further, and/or polish your writing skills!
I am a licensed New York City teacher and I possess a Master's in Teaching from Pace University through the New York City Teaching Fellows program.
I graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in English and I minored in Linguistics. I have four years of English Language Arts (ELA) teaching experience in the New York City public school system. As a member of the Department of Education, I taught at the high school level, predominately in District 79, the Alternative Education District of New York.
For three years, I taught ELA—Reading and Writing—to incarcerated adolescents on Rikers Island. East River Academy, the public high school on Rikers, serves young people (ages 16-18) who are detained on Rikers Island.
I have experience teaching students of many different levels, abilities, and needs. I was selected by District 79 as one of three English teachers at my school to help develop the English curriculum. In addition, I developed a writing workshop program to help young people prepare for the GED during my tenure. In the evenings, I tutored adult women and taught a poetry class at the RMSC, the facility for women on Rikers Island.
In addition to my full-time teaching experience, I have also tutored high school students in New York City area. My tutoring expertise is in college essay writing. I tutored young people who attend some of New York’s most well known private schools, including The Dalton School, my alma mater.
I am currently starting a non-profit organization called Drive Change. Drive Change is a food truck business that hires formerly incarcerated youth, teaches transferable skills and advocates for youth justice reform in New York. I am in the start-up phase and want to continue working with people to maintain my teaching skills.
I cannot wait to get started!
I have spent the past four years working in the New York criminal justice system.
I was an educator on Rikers Island for three years, learning the ins and outs of the jail and prison system in New York.
Since last February (2012), I have worked at a number of non-profit organizations in NYC that are dedicated to criminal justice. I interned at the Correctional Association of New York, a think-tank and oversight organization that makes policy recommendations for reform within the criminal justice system in New York State. I have been particularly involved in the campaign to Raise the Age of criminal responsibility in New York: New York will soon be the only state to automatically arrest 16 year olds as adults.
I have also worked for The Center for Employment Opportunities, an organization that helps formerly incarcerated people find employment. In addition, I taught a GED bootcamp class at CASES - an alternative for incarceration program for young people in the NYC criminal justice system.
In addition, I am in the process of starting my own non-profit re-entry program called Drive Change. Drive Change is a food-truck business that hires formerly incarcerated youth, teaches transferable skills, and advocates for youth justice reform.
My personal experience, matched with my own research, makes me an emerging leader in the criminal justice/youth justice field.
As a NYC ELA Public School teacher for four years, I taught directly to the Regents Exam.
I worked at Health Opportunities High School for one year (2008-2009) and developed curriculum to help students take, and pass, the Regents exam. We had a pass rate of over 80% during this school year.
Additionally, I was selected by my administration at East River Academy, the public high school on Rikers Island, to teach a group of detained young people who qualified for the Regents Exam (they were the appropriate age and had received the credits required to sit for the test).
I taught the ELA Regents class on Rikers for three years and worked with groups of students outside of class time to help them better prepare for the test.
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