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Georgetown University (English)
The University of Edinburgh (PhD)
One of the greatest joys I experience as a classroom teacher is watching my students light up when something difficult becomes easy. Making the material relevant to my students' lives, not only in my classroom, but also in other content areas, and perhaps in the real world, is one of my greatest strengths. The inevitable question for my kids is "why"...why does an author choose to do as s/he does? Why did you, as a writer, shape the argument as you did?
For some students, that is not the easiest type of question to answer. Often, that is because s/he needs to improve study skills, whether note-taking, annotation, or active reading. Sitting down, one-on-one, to engage in discovering together both how they learn and what does and doesn't work for their process is a challenge I welcome even after eighteen years in the classroom.
Holding a PhD in English Literature, I find that I bring a breadth of knowledge to my discipline that often allows me to help students make connections that allow them to "own" their material. As an experienced teacher of writing, I understand the varieties of voice that individuals have, and the ways in which various modes of writing lend themselves to those voices. Discovering the ways students improve their vocabularies, and how that translates to their reading and writing is among my greatest joys.
I am only available at the present for online tutoring. Please contact me with further questions. One of the greatest joys I experience as a classroom teacher is watching my students light up when something difficult becomes easy. Making the material relevant to my students' lives, not only in my classroom, but also in other content areas, and perhaps in the real world, is one of my greatest strengths. The inevitable question for my kids is
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