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I first taught writing when I was a graduate student and Teaching Assistant at Western Washington University (1971-1973) and have been involved in writing and teaching almost continuously since then. I became a Certificated English teacher in 1986. My experience includes middle school, high school, community college, and university level courses. For the past eighteen years, I have worked full time at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek. Each year, I have taught multiple sections of University of Washington in the High School composition courses: English 111 and 131, and Comparative Literature 240.
I am married and have a son and daughter attending local universities. I am interested in tutoring students--16 to adult--in critical/close reading and expository writing.
Over the years, I have developed my own perspective on education and my own teaching philosophy. From the beginning, I wanted a student-centered classroom, a place where students would feel welcome, respected, and challenged. As I gained experience, took professional development classes, and read education history, theory, and practice texts, I refined my approach. One of the most effective teaching methods, is one to one tutoring. All teachers are expected to spend time before and after school providing individual help to struggling students. I have always taken this responsibility seriously, and have made this an integral part of all my classes. Some of my most successful students were those who struggled at the beginning, but who met with me individually for the extra help they needed.
At the end of the 2014 school year, I retired. Although I will miss the classroom, I look forward to continuing my work with students.
I have been a certificated English teacher since 1986. My full-time teaching positions have been at Federal Way High School, Woodward Middle School on Bainbridge Island, and Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek. I have taught all levels, from 7th to 12th grade. For the past sixteen years I have taught multiple sections of University of Washington English 131, 111, and Comparative Literature 240, in the UW College in the High School program.
Each year, for the past twenty-five years, I have taught at least one literature class. Most of my academic work and teaching has focused on major 20th century American authors, as well as authors born after World War II.
I have done proofreading and editing since I was a graduate student at Western Washington University in the 1970s. I was co-publisher and editor of a magazine and proofread all copy for 4+ years.
As an English composition teacher, each semester I proofread and edit hundreds of papers.
While working at Antioch University in their Masters in Education program, I taught a reading strategies course to elementary and secondary teacher candidates.
I have been a writing instructor for the University of Washington College in the High School program for the past 16 years. The courses requires students to read and analyze complex essays, novels, short stories, and poems, then write academic essays based on these readings.
Over the years, I have worked informally with individual students to help prepare them for the SAT tests.
I have been involved with writing and teaching writing for most of my adult life. My teaching and tutoring experience includes work with people of all ages. The keys to improving writing skills include writing almost every day to improve fluency (the ability to write quickly) and developing an effective writing process to reduce anxiety and "writer's block."
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