California State University, Fresno; Fresno City College (Engl,chic studs, RN)
University of CA, San Diego (Master's)
University of CA, San Diego (PhD)
I believe passionately that the learning process is a collaboration between student and teacher. I will not patronize my students by treating you as empty receptacles waiting to be filled with facts and "knowledge" which will likely fade away by the time you leave the classroom. One of my favorite quotes, which helped me through grad school is from Georg Lukacs, and it goes like this: "Mental confusion is not always chaos. It may strengthen the internal contradictions for the time being but in the long run it will lead to their resolution. .." I didn't even understand the quote; it took me a while to work through its meaning which is when it really began to work magic for me.
I worked my way from high school through community college for a registered nursing degree, Cal State Fresno for a double major bachelor's in Poetry and Chicana Studies, and University of California, San Diego for my master's and PhD, both in Literature. I worked for 14 years as a psychiatric nurse in crisis intervention on the street with law enforcement, in county jail as a staff psych nurse, and in various private and public locked facilities. I have taught in community colleges and University since 2008. Spending one on one time with my students has always been important and productive; I never fail to learn from my students, as they learn from me - it's a bond of mutual respect for the life experiences of each other, no matter our "ages" that fosters the best learning situations, I have found.
My life experiences have been extremely unusual; I believe that it was my love of (and need to) read, everything and anything I desired to know about, directing my own learning from Dr. Seuss at age 25 to Shakespeare at 12, that has guided my path to success as a human being, and especially as a teacher.
For the rest of the summer my schedule is, at this moment, extremely open. (except when the LA Dodgers are playing in the playoffs!) If you feel we may work well together, contact me at your convenience, and we may discuss possibilities. I believe passionately that the learning process is a collaboration between student and teacher. I will not patronize my students by treating you as empty receptacles waiting to be filled with facts and "knowledge" which will likely fade away by the time you leave the classroom. One of my favorite quotes, which helped me through grad school is
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I have a PhD in literature; I have taught composition at three different community colleges while writing my dissertation and teaching at UC San Diego as an apprentice teacher. When my course work was finished I took a position as a lecturer at UC Merced. I taught there for 7 years. I proposed and taught literature and composition courses. My teaching philosophy especially with writing students is to first provide a comfortable environment; to make sure the learner is not intimidated or stessed. Humor and reasurancr often go a long way to foster learning new and possibly different strategies for writing, for critical thinking that are probably new to them; and will afford them skills to carry on through their academic journey and beyond. My motto is Don't forget to have fun! I teach my students to enjoy their relationship to writing.
I have earned a doctorate in Literatures in English; my areas of specialization are multi-ethnic literature and historical culture; California literature; early U.S. lit; crime lit; film studies, poetry. My approach is low key, non -stress. I encourage the learner to develop or discover their relationship to reading first. I teach the classic aspects of literature - terms for analysis, etc. but it is when the student connects on a personal level with a text, and learns something about themselves or their world that I feel I have truly guided that person - then I am a teacher.
For many years prior to entering college, my lifestyle and financial circumstances precluded a formal education beyond high school. My mother taught me to read and memorize text before my admittance to kindergarten - consequently I became an autodidact and voracious reader, which has afforded me an in depth understanding of a broad range of subjects, including, but not limited to reading and writing for both creative expression and, perhaps more useful, to develop critical thinking skill for argumentative /persuasive writing and speaking.
I have a passion for teaching that manifests in my students as their own passion for learning .
Also, I have taught at both community college and two UC campuses. Perhaps the central strategy in my pedigogical repertoire is multi-level skill lesson plan structure, and a classroom ethos that reflects active learning - and lastly, an expectation that the student learn to enjoy, often through healthy modes of competition, the benefits of taking responsibility for their own progress and achievements.