As a facilitator and mentor to students, I have made learning an enjoyable experience and helped students achieve their goals by means of excellent communication skills and a committed work ethic.
Recently I logged 500+ classroom hours at Liaocheng University, Liaocheng, Shangdong Province, China, teaching freshman oral English and sophomore writing. Shangdong Province education administrators honored me with their Teaching Excellence award, and my essay, An Interactive Approach to ELT, was given their Special Award (1st prize). Finally, Liaocheng University bestowed me with Honorary Alumnus (honorary since I was not a student there); this is only the second time in their history that they made the award.
In addition to getting a rounded fine arts education from the University of North Carolina-CH, Cleveland Institute of Art and Case Western Reserve University to the Master's level, I also received my TESL certificate and endorsements in Business English and teaching young learners. I studied the International Phonetics Alphabet in acting/speech class at university.
As a teacher, I favor an interactive approach with students because for many years I worked with complex historical and scientific exhibit content that needed to be communicable and engaging to school-age and adult museum visitors. Every learner is different, and as a teacher I have to find a way to communicate. I like creating an environment in which students feel comfortable taking risks, and I play to individual strengths, using relevant techniques drawn from my museum background: auditory, kinesthetic, visual, realia, story-telling, role playing, and media.
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