Florida Atlantic University (English)
According to my mother, my passion for reading began at the age of three. I would read the comic section of our newspaper and tell stories about what I thought they meant. My love for writing however, was awakened at the age of ten, when I received my first journal; it was midnight blue with an enormous purple and yellow butterfly perched on it's lock. All of my most beautiful and tragic memories were held in that journal, and I have filled one per year to this day. The desire to write didn't change like other hobbies, and I pursued a Bachelor's degree in English in hopes of becoming a creative writer and hopefully an author of children's and young adult books some day. After graduating, I became a substitute teacher hoping that this would give me exposure to teens; I wanted to understand them and their thoughts on culture and life. In my mind, this would help me write about them. Little did I know, for the next three years I would teach classes of my own, and would have the privilege of watching my own students grow as writers and future leaders.
I had always said that if I were to teach, I would have to teach high school English. For three years, I was in the trenches with freshman and sophomores, and at times, upper classmen. My classes were full of life and engaging. My students refused to be bored, and so I often pulled social media, music, or a popular television show into the lesson so that they could relate to the texts we were reading that day. When standardized test season approached, and the class was anxious about the long texts they would have to read, I would "chunk" the text. As a class, we would define the vocabulary and references through context clues and games. My students would rotate and use flash cards for hard vocabulary, while others would practice reading articles that aligned with testing standards. Once I saw that they were understanding the articles better, I would give them more challenging ones until they felt more comfortable with practicing for the test. As a tutor, I would gauge where my student was before starting lesson plans. I would even offer a free consultation before starting classes with them, to make sure I understand how they learn best. Some students learn better with visual activities, while others need to get up and hold the material in their hands. From experience, I prefer not to lecture my students- I want to know what their thoughts are and whether or not I'm being effective. As a teacher, I had what was called a "Parking Lot"- at the end of each class, my students would write down and questions or helpful feedback that would help me prepare for the next lesson. I plan on using this helpful strategy in tutoring sessions. In addition to reading activities, I also used visual methods to help students with the essay portions of the test. I am a "hands on" approach kind of teacher and believe that the more students have a hand in the lesson, the better they learn. I adore working with older teens because I know how to relate to them and have worked with teenagers at local centers outside of the school system. I believe my genuine love for English and my students showed as I was awarded freshman teacher of the year, and nominated for the "My Teacher, My Hero" award for two consecutive years. I am open and flexible to meeting students and parents at locations that suite them. Although I require at least a 24 hour cancellation notice, I will provide make-up classes because I genuinely want my students to succeed! Please contact me for further questions or to schedule appointments, I am excited to assist you.
According to my mother, my passion for reading began at the age of three. I would read the comic section of our newspaper and tell stories about what I thought they meant. My love for writing however, was awakened at the age of ten, when I received my first journal; it was midnight blue with an enormous purple and yellow butterfly perched on it's
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Iesha was very good with helping me structure my essay. She was very creative in the way that she made me think of the perfect word to express in my writing. Thanks again Iesha for your help!
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