Presently, I am in the data collection phase for my dissertation and expect to receive my PhD in Professional Studies in Education in Spring 2014.
For the past nine years, I have been teaching all levels of developmental writing at a community college to students who want to improve their writing skills or want to pass the Accuplacer, THEA, or CLEP exam. More than 90% of my students pass the course exit exams and enroll in credit English classes. For the last two years, I have also been teaching Comp I and speech at a private medical college.
In addition, for six years, I taught English III & IV, reading, creative writing, speech, and literary genre to students at risk at a alternative high school. More than 84% of my students passed the TAKS exit level exams.
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 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.
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