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I am doing final edits to my PhD dissertation and will submit it to the committee for final approval in the next few weeks.
For the past 10 years, I have taught all levels of developmental writing to community college students who want to improve their writing skills or want to pass the TSI exam. More than 90% of my students pass the EOC and enroll in credit English classes. As a tutor, I have helped students receive higher scores on ACT, SAT, and CLEP exams. For two years, I also taught Composition I and speech at a private medical college.
In addition, I taught English III & IV, reading, creative writing, speech, and literary genre to students at risk at a alternative high school for six years. More than 84% of my students passed the TAKS exit level exams. My experience also includes prepping 6th-grade students for the STAAR reading exam.
As a writer, I published more than 300 of my freelance or staff newspaper articles. In addition, I have written more than 50 technical manuals for a circuit board equipment manufacturer, a hardware student manual for a for-profit university, a historical information book about a town's pioneer community, and a tour book of free one day recreational spots. Other credits include being a co-writer of a festival guide.
My teaching philosophy is that every student can learn. However, all students do not learn at the same pace or at the same knowledge level. Students need to start at their knowledge levels and build new information from there. I implement cultural diversed learning techniques to incorporate the student's background and learning style into learning. In that respect, students not only feel more comfortable learning, but learning becomes relevant because their personal interests become part of education.
I previously taught kindergarten students and students in grades 1st through 6th-grade for three years as a substitute teacher in the local independent school district. Besides tutoring 5th-graders in the past, I regularly teach kindergartners on Sunday mornings. When teaching K-6, I change activities at least every 15-20 minutes because young scholars lose concentration. All materials are selected for their grade. interest, and intelligence level.
I tutored the STAAR test for three months for 6th-grade reading/ELA classes and 8th-grade reading classes at local charter schools. I have served as a test administrator for the STAAR. I have also completed STAAR courses offered by the school district. I completed courses for TELPAS and am calibrated with the district for 6th- to 8th-grade. As a certified 8-12 ELA/R teacher I taught English I, II, III and IV in the public high schools.
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