My educational background is in English literature and creative writing and environmental education.
I have extensive teaching experience in a variety of classroom and non-traditional settings and with a broad spectrum of subject matter. My students range in age from children to adults, with an emphasis on undergraduate level and adult learners. I have worked one-on-one and in small groups with writers, providing assistance with basic composition, grammar, and organization skills, as well as giving creative writing workshops, assignments, and inspiration. I lead book discussions and teach literary analysis. I also have a great deal of experience as an editor at all levels, from project development to copy editing to proofreading, and assist writers at all stages of the writing process.
In addition to literature and writing, I teach natural history and ecology, backcountry skills and wilderness first aid, and regional history. I am also a contra dance caller.
The educational philosophy that I find most compelling is called "midwife teaching." A key principle of this philosophy is that everyone has something to teach. Open discussion in which everyone contributes what they have to share allows everyone to receive the many perspectives and perceptions of a group, and to feel that their own ideas and questions are valued. I have been trained as a facilitator or guide of others' learning processes, creating a space in which learning can develop.
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