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.
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