Virginia Tech (Biology)
George Mason University (Master's)
As an author, public speaker, educator, and magna cum laude master's of science graduate from George Mason University, I take pride in teaching various forms of writing and ways of thinking in order to assist students in understanding the world through literature. I am more than interested in helping students develop writing and critical reading skills such as: paraphrasing, text analysis, identifying authors’ organizational strategies, and evaluating evidence used in texts in a range of disciplines.
In terms of reading, I typically start students with the previewing process, followed by summarizing, paraphrasing, asking questions and lastly, annotating. These all function to assist the student with understanding complex texts.
I tackle writing by first reviewing essays previously written by the student, to assess student grammar skills, and sentence structure. While there are different styles of writing, I cover the following: narrative, persuasive, literary analysis, research, and technical writing. The skills taught range from outlining, character development, and brainstorming, to drafting a proposal, and citing sources.
In fall of 2011, I created and launched an after-school literacy program that in just one school year moved the percentage of higher-level 8th-grade readers from 18.8% to 70% through the use of reading and writing strategies.
I am flexible with time and work to meet the needs of parents and students. While I have a 24-hour cancellation policy and work out of my home, I also firmly believe in making sure my clients are comfortable; at times traveling to meet at a location that is most convenient for the student. As an author, public speaker, educator, and magna cum laude master's of science graduate from George Mason University, I take pride in teaching various forms of writing and ways of thinking in order to assist students in understanding the world through literature. I am more than interested in helping students develop writing and critical reading
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I am currently listed as a motivational speaker through the Premiere Speakers Bureau and have over 5 years of experience speaking professionally. My experience as an author, poet, and artist has provided me with several opportunities to speak in various capacities. I have led professional development workshops, trained students for poetry competitions and debate, as well as am currently implementing public speaking strategies to teach critical thinking and textual analysis.