Douglass College of Rutgers University (English)
Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa (MBA)
University of Hawaii - Richardson School of Law (J.D.)
I have taught literature, writing, and basic English at different levels: junior high school (1 year), high school (11 years), and college (about 12 semesters). I was a lawyer for 25+ years and cannot imagine how I could have succeeded in that profession, or in business in general, without a firm foundation in basic English, writing, speaking, and critical thinking.
Everyone can learn to think critically and creatively about a work of literature, or about current events as expressed in the news or history books, or about his or her own life experiences. With appropriate instruction and inspiration, everyone will be able to write or speak cogently to convey those thoughts to others. I would like to help in that instruction. I always start with the basics: the structure of language to convey thought, the choice of words to convey thought, emphasis on clarity and organization.
I have extensive experience on both sides of the desk: I am thankful for the excellent teachers that came my way, and I am grateful for the insights and teaching techniques they imparted. I believe that as a result I have become an effective teacher of literature, writing, speech, grammar, and most importantly, critical thinking. Nothing is easy, not teaching and certainly not learning. To open the mind further, to learn new skills requires effort, and I require my students to make that effort. Otherwise nothing much of lasting power is gained, and the whole goal of education should be power: the power to think and communicate effectively.
That does not mean there is no enjoyment in learning. To learn a new skill, to gain confidence in one's ability to communicate are tremendously enjoyable. There is a distinction between enjoyment and fun. My classes are not necessarily "fun," but they can lead to deep enjoyment of one's own powers.
I have taught literature, writing, and basic English at different levels: junior high school (1 year), high school (11 years), and college (about 12 semesters). I was a lawyer for 25+ years and cannot imagine how I could have succeeded in that profession, or in business in general, without a firm foundation in basic English, writing, speaking, and
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I have a master's degree in theatre, which, as you can suspect, shares many of the same objectives as public speaking: creation of an idea/mood/character, projection, and enunciation.
I have much experience as a lawyer, as well as a teacher, in delivery of ideas orally, either to convince or convey information. I have also served in community leadership positions requiring the ability to convey ideas cogently and sometimes persuasively to audiences.