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St. Bernard College (Secondary Education)
Universtiy of Alabama - Birmingham (Master's)
I taught English and gifted education for almost thirty years. During those years, I worked with students in grades three through twelve. I also served as a writing coach and enjoyed teaching expository and creative writing. Though I worked with gifted students for almost half of my career and loved the excitement of learning that took place, I also worked during summers teaching remedial English. The excitement of learning during those summer sessions was extremely motivating to me as a teacher. I also learned many of the blocks to understanding which held the students back.
Recently, I worked with students via an online environment to assist them in becoming better academic writers. Though it was an effective method, I missed the teacher-student interaction. I believe that students who are struggling with concepts master the skills better when working in a face-to-face environment.
One of the things that makes me a great English teacher is that I love English! Of course, the literature and writing is easy to enjoy, but I love words and the rules that govern their use. There are two camps when it come to the ideology of diagramming sentences; I have found that, for many students, it is diagramming that brings the definitions and rules of grammar into focus.
It is important for a student to be comfortable with his/her tutor. I would want that for my grandchildren (ages 3-15), and I want it for the students with whom I work. I am happy to answer any questions which would put the student and parents at ease. I taught English and gifted education for almost thirty years. During those years, I worked with students in grades three through twelve. I also served as a writing coach and enjoyed teaching expository and … Read more
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