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• California State University Long Beach (English)
(2) Columbia University (Master's)
Throughout my career, I have chosen to expose myself to a variety of teaching and administrative positions. My route has included several twists and turns, but the breadth of my experiences - from teaching at all educational institution levels in multiple countries and culturally diverse geographies, to managing projects and offices from the ground up - have enriched my perspective, broadened my sensitivities and enlarged my skill sets to the point where I feel secure in my ability to perform all duties associated with tutoring students of all levels and abilities.
A few of my accomplishments include:
Holding several administrative leadership positions that required I have an in depth
understanding of ESL programs.
Identifying and quantifying program content and quality.
Creating and editing curricula, syllabi, lesson plans and supplemental materials for ESL/EFL
Designing, developing and presenting target-specific skills and methodologies through
workshops and presentations.
Integrating multiple SLA theories, ESL methodologies, and technologies in my
classroom to meet the needs of beginner to advanced level students.
While working full time as an ESL teacher, I earned my Master’s Degree from Columbia University, in TESOL. I earned my Bachelor’s from Long Beach State University, in English with an emphasis in creative writing.
I’ve taught AIEP ESL Grammar/Writing and Drama as an ESL elective at UCLA, Reading as a credit course at Alan Hancock College, dual skill strand courses at King Saud University, and multiple skill strand classes in Mongolia, Thailand and the Bronx, in grades 1-10.
Ever since I was introduced to learning styles, I have been a proponent and advocate of using a multitude of tactics to present the desired learning material and facilitate its acquisition to my ESL/EFL and special needs students. I have integrated technology, used a variety of classroom groupings, utilized communicative and academic-based methodologies in student-centered learning settings, applied CALLA, RISE, TPR, Counseling-Learning, and the Natural Approach methodologies, as well as employing thematic units, cooperative learning, computer lab components, and learning centers in my classrooms.
One of the joys of teaching is creating supplemental materials and dynamic lesson plans. It is a basic, yet integral part of bringing a book and a language alive. To this end, I have committed myself to creating practice and extension activities that give students the opportunity to use the language in varied, engaging and practical ways. I have also incorporated technology in my classrooms using Smart Boards, Smart Notebook, Anki, scholastic software, learning centers, and Microsoft Office programs for project components. I excelled in these areas to the point that my colleagues often came to me for ideas, and I was offered a position as a Professional Development Lead Teacher at King Saud University.
I look forward to assisting you with your educational needs. Throughout my career, I have chosen to expose myself to a variety of teaching and administrative positions. My route has included several twists and turns, but the breadth of my experiences - from teaching at all educational institution levels in multiple countries and culturally diverse geographies, to managing projects and offices from the
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