Georgia State University (Theatre and English)
University of Phoenix (Graduate Coursework)
I began my professional career as an actress on the New York stage. After many years performing on Broadway and in touring companies, I made the decision to enter the teaching profession. I taught drama, English, speech, and directed plays in private schools for fifteen years until the current recession eliminated my position.
How to begin? I am theatrical, lively, creative, and have often been referred to as a comedian. I believe in the individual potential of every student. Everyone has his or her own special gifts and my specialty is in recognizing and encouraging unique talents. Any academic subject can be made interesting with the use of the British concept, Drama In The Classroom. Being basically a performer myself, (all modesty aside) I am vastly entertaining and devoted to my students.
The idea of being able to work one on one is immensely appealing to me. I also specialize in students with learning differences. My approach is imaginative and geared to the vast array of learning styles.
Literature, reading, and writing are extremely interesting to me. I love teaching everything from Mark Twain to Shakespeare. Again, the dramatic side of literature - the emphasis on theme and character - makes the subject appealing to most anyone.
Well, as you probably are aware by now, I tend to babble. It is difficult to portray (pardon the pun) one's self on paper like this. I hope you have some idea of who I am. I am open to most any question and very interested in your ideas and perceptions. My goal is to help in as many ways as possible. I began my professional career as an actress on the New York stage. After many years performing on Broadway and in touring companies, I made the decision to enter the teaching profession. I taught drama, English, speech, and directed plays in private schools for fifteen years until the current recession eliminated my position.
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As I am a former professional actress and vocalist, proper and effective speech onstage is especially important to me. I have taught drama and speech for fifteen years. My students have won state competitions in public speaking, and have gone on to utilize their achievements in college. I assisted in writing a textbook for public speaking, which has been used in several schools.
This past year, I was the graduation speaker at my former school. Public Speaking is often thought of as dry and boring. I am absolutely of the opinion that with creative ideas, speeches can be as entertaining as any movie or play. There are basically ten different types of speech - ranging from simple informative to oration. Obviously, I very much enjoy teaching this subject and (again, all modesty aside) can make a wonderful public speaker out of most anyone!
One of my fondest memories in my teaching career is the time I spent teaching at a school exclusively for students with learning differences. I am a tremendous advocate of the different learning styles. Some of the greatest famous personalities have learning differences: Winston Churchill, John Lennon, Tom Cuise, Cher, Albert Einstein - to name just a few. Just because you have a special need or learn in a non-traditional manner doesn't mean you are not highly intelligent and capable. Too many teachers insist on teaching in a "box" - in a traditional, boring manner not adapted to those with special needs. This is simply not my style. Being an audio and visual learner myself, that is how I teach.
I have had students with dyslexia, aphasia, and other various learning differences. I designed lesson plans especially for them - from taking tests orally to individual sessions to emphasize difficult concepts. One of my greatest passions is addressing the need for variety in teaching styles.