I am an attorney licensed in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. As a trial attorney, I spent many years writing legal documents, preparing for trials, and basically organizing my thoughts so that I could effectively communicate in a court room setting. To one extent or another, the skills that I have mastered must be acquired by every student if he or she is going to have academic and professional success. I currently teach English to Spanish speaking adults at St. Anthony's in Falls Church. I also teach photography to adults at the Northern Virginia Portrait Photography Meetup Group. I do this because I love to teach, and because I have a talent for it. I am a strong believer that a well-organized curriculum or learning plan is a key to successful learning. I am also a strong advocate of learning fundamentals such as the phonics approach to reading. In my experience, much of the difficulty children have in school is the result of a disorganized approach to teaching. Teachers in public schools are often forced to change curricula by school administrators, even when they are having success. My approach to teaching is to take one simple step at a time, and to make sure the student grasps that step before moving on to the next.
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