RICKER COLLEGE (History)
New York University (Master's)
Rhode Island College (Graduate Coursework)
My certification is a Life Certificate issued by the state of Rhode Island in both English and Social Studies. I had been employed for 28 years by the same school district, teaching both Social Studies and English for students in grades 9 through 12. Courses included US History, World Cultures, World History, Academic English and Honors English classes. I was responsible along with another colleague for developing honors Humanities programs for grade nine. Academic excellence in grammar, vocabulary, literature, and writing was my goal for each student in English. Those students enrolled in any of the social studies courses learned to develop interests in the topics studies. Academically challenged students were still required to develop their skills. Reflecting on my career, I am proud of so many of the young people that sat in my classroom, as so many have become successful. Several have graduated from leading colleges and Universities that include Harvard, Brown, Yale, Dartmouth, Williams, Smith, and this is only to name a few. I myself had been selected as a Fulbright Fellow at New York University. In addition to the secondary level, my experience includes college teaching as an adjunct professor. As a tutor, my goal is to instill good learning along with excellent study habits.
My certification is a Life Certificate issued by the state of Rhode Island in both English and Social Studies. I had been employed for 28 years by the same school district, teaching both Social Studies and English for students in grades 9 through 12. Courses included US History, World Cultures, World History, Academic English and Honors English
I currently have guardianship of my 14 year old grandson. He has been in several different school districts with attendance issues and several years of home schooling. My biggest concern is the important skills involved in good expressive writing. George is able to get my grandson motivated to write. He has written several short essays and has made alot of progress in a few sessions. Unfortunately, we are going back up north for the summer and will miss George excellent tutoring ability. My grandson says that George makes it interesting, even fun.
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I hold a B.A. in History.
I developed the Humanities Program for my department. I also taught the class from 1983 through 1999 at Woonsocket High School We focused on the Iliad, the Odyssey, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and Anthony and Cleopatra. In addition to that I used a literature book geared to teach the classical age. My certification is also in Social Studies and I have taught Ancient History to both the high school and college levels.
I have taught English for 28 years. My courses were standard with the main focus on critical reading through the required reading lists of most colleges. Grammar was taught because it is a necessity in all writing and reports in all subject areas. All of my classes stressed the importance of building a strong vocabulary. Writing was essential, and there were lessons on writing all types of reports: MLA term papers, book reports, business and technical writing, etc. Many of students went on to prestigious schools as Harvard, Brown, Tufts Medical, Williams, Smith, etc., and this is only to name a few. My background, along with decades of experience, will prove to be beneficial to any student needing tutoring.
I have taught various aspects of geography on the secondary level and the college level. In addition to classroom study, I have traveled extensively though most countries of the world.
My experience with all phases of teaching English includes an emphasis on standard English, grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.
Literature was an essential part of the curriculum in all of my English classes during my twenty-eight year career as a high school teacher.
I hold a life certificate in English instruction. Since it is necessary to teach vocabulary with the use of phonics for pronunciation, this is an area of the language arts that I taught. As well, my training as a teacher of English also required in the teaching of reading of new words through phonetic pronunciation. As well, I have taken graduate courses in linguistics that have taught me the phonetic alphabet with accents, various marking for pronunciation, a linguistic alphabet, along with many other technical aspects used in the development of language.
As an English teacher, I required students to also do some public speaking. The purpose was to give them confidence when speaking with other people and in front of a group.
As an English teacher who has had 28 years in the classroom teaching students in grades 9, 10, 11 & 12, it is necessary to teach literature. To teach literature, it is necessary to be able to teach students to read and understand. Literature includes those books found in the classics such as the Scarlet Letter. All of William Shakespeare’s plays particularly Rome and Juliet, Hamlet, Anthony & Cleopatra, Othello, and Macbeth to name a few. The SAT has passage based reading that tests the comprehension of the students. The teaching of reading through literature prepares students for the SAT. Literature requires comprehension along with vocabulary from context, inferred meaning of a passage, and learning various writing styles of numerous authors. Therefore my background in literature certainly prepared my students for the SAT reading passages and questions.
I spent 28 years teaching high school. Since I taught English, it was also my responsibility to teach study skills. As well, I taught a remedial course that included study skills at Johnson and Wales University. As a teacher, study skills are essential in every class. Along with learning study skills, effective reading skills are taught in part as a method to have better comprehension to effectively complete assignments. As an English teacher, one of the goals in learning study skills is the ability to write effectively as the student demonstrates his/her understanding of the material covered.
As a high school teacher, it is necessary to assign regular assignments in vocabulary with the corresponding exercises. Vocabulary is more than just words, but rather it is about the usage of them.
I earned a B.A. in History. I hold a Life Certificate in the teaching of Social Studies on the Secondary Level. I have taught that level for 28 years. As well I earned an MA in Asian Studies as a Fulbright Fellow at New York University. My travels have taken to me to many countries around the world where I continue to pursue my interest in World History. Many of students have successfully graduated from Ivy League colleges.