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I am a high school English teacher with 4+ years of professional experience in Tennessee and Michigan. I'm secondary certified in three states and I have a BA in English Language and Literature. I've recently moved to Tacoma and I'm looking to continue teaching during the summer months, and into the Fall when possible. I'm an expert in American Literature, English Grammar, Research and Writing and I have additional qualifications to teach History. I consider myself to be an imaginative, patient and rigorous educator whose personal objective is absolute mastery of his subject. I am always reading in my content area and I bring a vast and contemporary breadth of knowledge to my work. I look forward to working with students grades 7-12 on anything English,History, Humanities or Art related. I'm a freelance artist also, and if you're looking for someone who can teach you to draw or paint, I can do that too.
I scored 34 on the English portion of the ACT exam when I took it in 2004, placing me in the 99th percentile. As an avid reader and writer and as a professional teacher, I possess the knowledge and skill to prepare any student for this exam.
As an undergraduate student, I was a History minor. After completing my BA, I obtained certification to teach History in Michigan, and later was certified to teach History in Tennessee and Washington. I'm an avid reader in the content area and possess a wide range of knowledge in this subject.
I began to draw when I was 4, and I have been fine-tuning my draftsmanship skills restlessly and relentlessly ever since. I took undergraduate course work in Art and Humanities and took several long-term substitute teaching assignments for an art teacher in 2009. Professionally, I am a freelance artist and I regularly take commissions.
I have considerable experience as a tutor and substitute teacher working with elementary level students. A number of the students I work with regularly at Huntington Learning Center are elementary level, usually in the 4th-6th grade range. I take a patient, deliberately paced, encouraging approach to my work with this age group.
I worked as an English teacher in Clarksville, TN from 2009 to 2013. In teaching secondary English courses, I've designed and taught units in literature, poetry, research, informational texts, and drama. I am certified in Tennessee, Michigan and Washington to teach secondary English.
My undergraduate minor was History, and I'm an independent history buff and avid reader in the field. European History is a special interest. I can help you learn the important people, events and dates.
Having been a writer for most of my life and an English teacher for the past 5, my command of English Grammar is exceptional. Much of the English curricula I've taught has been Grammar-related, and I'm highly capable at teaching the more complex aspects of Grammar (diagramming sentences, for example). A command of grammar is the stepping stone towards professional writing, and any English course will have grammar fully integrated into it.
In my four years of English teaching experience, I have taught my students to analyze, interpret, and respond to a variety of literary works. I have taught poetry, Ancient Greek drama, Shakespearean drama and poetry, modern and classic novels, and modern and classic short stories. Additionally, I'm an avid reader of literature and am familiar with both the classics in the canon and with contemporary works.
As an undergraduate student, I was a writing coach in the university's tutoring center, and I received a high volume of thesis papers for review. As a professional teacher, I was responsible for proofreading every imaginable writing mode, from creative pieces to literary essays to technical texts. I'm a quick, thorough, accurate proofreader.
Vocabulary is an integral part of any English course, and having taught high school English for four years, I have had to both expand my own vocabulary and prompt my students to expand theirs. I use word walls, context clues, flash cards, dictionary analysis, free association, visualization, and any number of other creative strategies to ensure that my students retain the words that I teach them.
I've been a writer since childhood, and teaching writing is an essential aspect of the secondary English curriculum, which I've been teaching professionally for the past five years. I'm an thorough, brutally honest proofreader and editor, and I can help you to express your ideas with clarity, add fluency to your sentence structure, choose the best words, fix your mechanical errors, and organize any writing piece you need assistance with.
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