Fairfield University (Master's)
Fairfield University (Master's)
I have been an English teacher/ Writing instructor in high school and college. I have also taught writing to classes of elementary school children. When I retired from teaching high school, I wrote seven children's novels which were published by Simon and Schuster under the pen name M.M. Ragz. These were highly successful and led to "author in residence" positions in Stamford, Monroe, and Waterbury. Throughout the years I have also conducted one-day appearances throughout the state of Connecticut.
Teaching has always been my passion. I enjoy working with all levels of students, from challenged through gifted. On the elementary level I especially love working with students in grades 3-5 (this I the age group my novels are geared toward). I relate well with high school students, and spent most of my teaching career with Sophomores and Seniors. For the last five years of my teaching career I ran a writing center designed to help students learn the techniques of writing essays for English class. I also worked with students to help them write effective essays for college applications.
I am a patient and caring teacher and can adapt my teaching style to any level student I am working with. I am qualified to teach writing, literature, reading, and grammar; I am also proficient as a proofreader.
Whether you are a grammar school student struggling with reading and writing or a high school student seeking better grades in English or working on those dreaded college essays, I am interested in working with you as a tutor and a mentor. My hours are flexible and I am available after school as well as weekends. If you want help from a professional, look no further; I am here for you. I have been an English teacher/ Writing instructor in high school and college. I have also taught writing to classes of elementary school children. When I retired from teaching high school, I wrote seven children's novels which were published by Simon and Schuster under the pen name M.M. Ragz. These were highly successful and led to "author in
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I began studying grammar at a young age and have always been fascinated by its adherence to specifics. As a high school English teacher, I always stressed the need for proper grammar. When I taught writing, I was a stickler for grammatical correctness. I believe that proper grammar is a reflection of good thinking skills as well as attention to detail and organization.
I majored in English in college and studied many of the classics. As an English teacher, I taught every genre of literature from Old English (Beowulf) through more contemporary writing. I believe that it is important not only to understand the plot in a piece of literature, but also to explore the meanings behind the plot, such as theme, mood, symbolism, etc.
My abilities as a proofreader stem from my expertise in grammar as well as my background as a published author. I teach students to look at their writing with a critical eye. I also stress the need for attention to detail including sentence structure, grammar and spelling.
I have taught courses in how to write both fiction and non-fiction on the high school and college level. I ran a high school writing center in which I taught students many techniques to improve their writing. I also taught grammar school students how to write narratives, expository essays and persuasive essays. When I teach a student to write, I always start with the level the student is at and progress step by step until the student has reached his greatest potential.