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Hunter College - CUNY (English)
Teachers Collge, Columbia University (Master's)
Southern Connecticut State University (Graduate Coursework)
I received my graduate degree in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and started teaching for the New York City alternative schools. A few years later, I moved to Minnesota, where I taught in workplace settings such as the Mayo Clinic, where I worked with visiting clinicians. While in Minnesota, I also tutored ESL at the Many Rivers Juvenile Detention Center, so my experience with students is wide and varied.
We moved back to the East Coast and I have now lived in Connecticut for about fifteen years. I started off teaching adult education classes before moving on to tutoring writing at the University of New Haven. While at UNH, I also provided supplemental instruction classes to cohorts of international students. I found it rewarding to assist others who were acclimating to the American university experience.
As a child, I moved around a lot, and it was difficult adjusting to new school settings on a repeated basis. I struggled with different learning styles and learned to find my own way. It was from all the moves that my love of writing emerged, as I found comfort in the outlet. Today, I realize that many people shy away from writing and do not always like the process. I have found that I can be instrumental in helping them understand the layers and complexities involved. One must put in time to get results, but the learning path can be pleasurable if one's mind is focused on the task. It is a matter of generating ideas and putting them down on paper in an articulate, fluid manner that builds the writer's confidence while gaining the reader's trust.
Although I currently teach adjunct classes in rhetorical writing, tutoring is my favorite vocation because the one-on-one aspect allows for optimum progress . As a tutor, I can really focus on the individual needs of my tutees and tailor the sessions as specifically as possible to assure success. It is a meaningful experience to assist people in the journey of learning and know that I've made a difference. I am respectful of the fact that my tutees have placed their trust in me. As such, I value their ideas and honor their individual styles so they may best succeed in their learning outcomes.
ESOL, Writing, Rhetoric/ Argumentation, Five-Paragraph Essay, Thesis Statements, Organization, Flow, Proofreading, Literature, Reading, Grammar, Syntax.
Conversational French is my specialty as I attended the Lycée Francais de New York for part of my elementary education, then lived in Paris while I attended college for a period of time. Subsequently, I worked in a bilingual capacity at Caisse Nationale de Credit Agricole for about five years.
Please feel free to contact me so that we may discuss your learning objectives. I welcome hearing from you so that I have an opportunity to address your educational needs to the best of my ability. I received my graduate degree in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and started teaching for the New York City alternative schools. A few years later, I moved to Minnesota, where I taught in workplace settings such as the Mayo Clinic, where I worked with visiting
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