CAL STATE LONG BEACH UNIVERSITY (Journalism)
mt. St. Mary's University (Master's)
For fifteen years I have taught/coached high school students, predominately seniors. While I've spent many hours in a classroom setting with many students, I love spending my personal time talking about writing to students one on one, specifically about their college essays and literature. I must say, I've seen some extraordinary writing and meaningful insights develop through these conversational mini-type workshops.
I can diagnose strengths and weaknesses relatively quickly, leading students to discover helpful resolutions. From coaching a ranking Academic Decathlon team that consistently reached the State Competition to guiding the AP English Literature & Composition students for ten years, averaging over a 90% pass rate (last year 98%), I have found success through teaching.
Teaching writing and literature are my loves. However, I have taught ELD, SAT, ACT classes and regular English at all high school levels. I've developed an interactive, fun approach to writing college essays.
Take advantage of my expertise and experience. I am transitioning to the Central Coast and would love to help you before I make the move. For fifteen years I have taught/coached high school students, predominately seniors. While I've spent many hours in a classroom setting with many students, I love spending my personal time talking about writing to students one on one, specifically about their college essays and literature. I must say, I've seen some extraordinary writing and
$110 for groups of two or for two hour lessons.
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Fifteen years teaching high school English, from ELD to AP Lit., from ninth to twelfth, from grammar to novels, I have pretty much covered it all.
I have taught AP Literature and Composition for more than 10 years. My class pass rate has held steady at 90% or above for all years. My students' poetry scores rank higher than the national average, which tends to be the most challenging section.
Editing and proofreading delight me. I love helping others use their words in the most concise, powerful, and authentic manner. The hardest part of writing, in my opinion, is editing our own words. We work so hard to get them on the page, becoming so attached that we resist letting them go. An unbiased, skilled pair of eyes is a writer's best friend.
I have taught at the high school level for fifteen years, mostly seniors and know firsthand the struggles and stresses with SATs.
Writing is difficult. Most students 'hate' it because of its difficulty. Throughout all my years teaching high school students, I have realized that talking to students about their writing helps them hone their own process. As a craft that takes practice, writing can become manageable...maybe even fulfilling with thoughtful guidance. Especially when it comes to college admissions essays, I have figured out how to get kids to be genuine in their prose and authentic with their voice.