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Wichita State University (Psychology)
Wichita State University (MEd)
I can assist you in the development of English skills that will result in a general improvement in academic competence. Regardless of your current needs or situation, we can work together to increase your ability to communicate in both writing and speaking, to develop related skills that will help you in all other academic pursuits, and to help you prepare for educational challenges. My thirty-five years in the field of intellectual development attest to my ability to instruct, as well as my life-long devotion to the academic, vocational, and personal goals of every student.
As a licensed professional counselor with a Master's degree in education, I have developed a teaching style that is interactive, friendly, and effective. My success as a published author and as a manager of large language-based projects at both the local and state levels is the result of my own learning experience with gifted teachers, and to do so in a manner that considered the student's needs, desires, and unique personal characteristics. My graduate degree in education and my studies in English, anthropology, sociology, and psychology have all contributed to my skill as a teacher and therapist. During my long career as an administer of complex educational programs, I have enjoyed the opportunity to train staff as well as students. As an advanced student of multiple educational models, I rose to the level of Trainer-of-Trainers at the Gateway Foundation and I produced many training protocols along with educational tools such as interactive manuals, workbooks, and assessment instruments.
My philosophy of teaching is based on the belief that the student already has the basic abilities to succeed, and only requires a teacher's knowledge and methods to enhance those abilities. I believe that the teacher should meet the student where the student is, recognizing the fact that every person is unique and requires an individualized approach to learning. In line with that recognition, I individualize teaching sessions through didactic and process variation and produce specific physical materials such as manuals, worksheets, assessment tools, and other teaching enhancements. My experience has included the delivery of services across all demographics and I am well-prepared for effectively working with individuals regardless of strengths and needs. Finally, I recognize that every individual has the potential to increase his or her learning and to succeed in academics, work, and life. I will assist in the student's efforts to reach his or her current goals -- and to encourage his or her motivation to continue learning as a rewarding life-long process. I can assist you in the development of English skills that will result in a general improvement in academic competence. Regardless of your current needs or situation, we can work together to increase your ability to communicate in both … Read more
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As an undergraduate, I excelled in three courses in cultural, psychological, and biological anthropology, and in several courses in the closely related fields of sociology and social psychology. As a graduate student, I also studied multicultural and minority issues; and I completed a transtheoretical independent study on cross-cultural issues related to cognitive change in various societies.
During my undergraduate years, I wrote a paper on universal characteristics, which was published in The International Journal of Psychology and Christianity; and during my graduate years, I wrote a paper on change that was based on anthropological and linguistic principles. The graduate paper was published in the prestigious The Gestalt Journal and was awarded second place in the Edwin Nevis review of Gestalt literature followed by re-publication in the manual Values in Connection. Soon after graduation, I published “A Gestalt Approach to the Person-Drug relationship” (in The Gestalt Review), which was based on the anthropological concept of first-person studies of members of a society.
In my career subsequent to my graduation, I have demonstrated interest in applying an anthropological perspective to change, including intellectual change. That is, I see the importance of teaching others both as individuals and as individuals within a specific culture or sub-culture.