Engaging in activities that teach concepts and skills makes learning fun! I like to compare learning to write with learning to drive. Remember when you slipped behind the wheel and put the key into the ignition? You knew to do so because you watched adults for many years before you were of driving age. Writing is similar--you know to use a utensil and paper or a computer to compose, but you might be unsure what to do after that. Let me help you learn and master the rules and signs and take control of the road on your path to wonderful essays!
Need help with standardized exams, AP English exams, college entrance exams? As a 2004 Texas Region IV Middle School Teacher of the Year, and finalist for Teacher of the Year in 2012, 2010, 2009, & 2006 at College of the Mainland, I will engage you in peer workshopping activities, online videos, and real life writing skills needed to be successful in the classroom and business world. We'll learn the rules of writing through fun activities, such as a preposition walk around your favorite place or finding commas in your favorite media outlets. I currently teach developmental writing at a community college, adjunct in English Composition I & II, and am author of three textbooks, co-author for Freshman Year Experience textbook, one young adult novel,and numerous educational and standardized assessment essays.
Do you need help with college admissions essays? As an author for standardized testing companies, scorer for AP English exams,and various states' standardized tests, I can help you manage your time and work on study skills, such as note taking or outlining chapters. Do you need help preparing for college or finding a career path once you get there? Do you know how to set up a degree plan or find scholarships for free? Do you know what steps to take to enroll in college? What courses you need? What school you want to attend? Can you navigate the admissions process? As a former Freshman Year Experience instructor and course designer and implementer, let me help you understand the college process and acquire the skills you need to manage your first year. I am certified in Emotional Intelligence through 6 Seconds and Texas A & M-Kingsville, and I am certified as an Developmental Adult Education Specialist (doctoral hours) through NADE/Kellogg Institute at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
My philosophy is that learning should be enjoyable, and, as co-director of the Greater Houston Area Writing Project, and national presenter and in-service conductor, I emphasize social and interactive learning, such as comic book writing and building games boards for use as assessment tools. Give me a call and let's have fun learning!
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