Eckerd College (English)
Carnegie Mellon University (Master's)
Illinois State University (PhD)
Ahoy! Dr. Pyrate, here. Though the placards say Dr. Stacy G., I prefer the Pyrate designation.
With a PhD in piracy (yes, seriously) and English Studies from Illinois State University, I practice a dynamic and innovative teaching method that I call piratical pedagogy. It's a little off the beaten path - you know that in education we travel seriously stormy waters - but the outcomes speak for themselves.
These undergraduate freshmen not only earned real money through my assignments, but also landed some networking skills to help them secure jobs in the future. If you want to know more about my actual pedagogy (i.e. how I view teaching) I have a blog that can offer some insights, too, including a teaching statement in the form of a ship's code.
When it comes to what you may want to know about my tutoring, the short of it is this: I have over a decade of composition, English, literature, communications, public speaking, and soft skills instruction. My literature expertise is in children's and YA literature, especially concerning, and I have a minor in Classical Humanities, so I can tackle Greco-Roman philosophy, mythology, history, and drama. I've instructed everything from Shakespeare to poetry. I have been an instructor at two universities, in online settings for nontraditional learners, in corporate settings with Fortune 500 professionals, in public, alternative and charter high- and middle- schools, and at an alternative elementary school with pre-k students ages 3-5.
Just as importantly, I spent 4 years as a career counselor instructing anyone, ranging from middle-school to adult, the practical skills to make it in the job market. Interviews, resumes, cover and thank you letters along with the basic forms of etiquette to negotiate any social situation are in my repertoire.
As a former Vice President of a Toastmaster's chapter and a winner of public speaking awards, I coached public speakers to be more comfortable in front of audiences. I've helped professionals through strenuous job screenings that involve public presentations. Additionally, my time spent as a computer instructor not only brings the Pow! into presenting, but also helps learners use their computers more effectively for all kinds of composing, whether an English paper or professional email. Ask me about presentation aides, such as Prezi or PowerPoint, and tricks to using them in lieu of clunky, noisy notes.
I'm an avid volunteer who enjoys helping 2nd graders read better through Normal Public Library, who has worked hard at a no-kill humane society to rehabilitate wildlife, who has served as an administrative aide with a senior center, and who has helped single moms and struggling women to get their feet firmly underneath them for a better life.
What all of these experiences have taught me is that I am all about the reality of education. The treasure we seek is knowledge, and for this reason, mistakes and failure are options because learning can only ever be proven when we make different choices to find success. My students and I make mistakes together so that, when the stakes are high, we already have the experiences that count to make better-to-best choices.
When it comes to fighting the frustrations students seek in traditional education, remember, don't be I-rate: be Py-rate. Ahoy! Dr. Pyrate, here. Though the placards say Dr. Stacy G., I prefer the Pyrate designation.
With a PhD in piracy (yes, seriously) and English Studies from Illinois State University, I practice a dynamic and innovative teaching method that I call piratical pedagogy. It's a little off the beaten path - you know that in education we
So, have you met Morph? He's Excel's mascot, or at least I think so. You see, one of the keys to understanding MSExcel is understanding Morph, the magical, mystical morphing cursor.
As a Computer Instructor for New Horizons Computer Learning Centers in the early 2000s, I introduced Morph into my Excel class. He was a hit with Fortune 500 professionals as a way to identify the program's behavior and abilities. Excel was one of my most popular classes through the intermediate level before I transitioned into Career Counseling and started using Excel more than instructing it.
In recent years, I have used this spreadsheet software professionally to track student progress, calculate grades, construct charts for use in a dissertation, and much more.
My public speaking experience is broad and varied. It began in the 1990s when I volunteered on a Youth Advisory Board that served the entire city of Columbus, OH, speaking to large school audiences about the then-popular "Just Say No" movement. I was given a "Most Outstanding Speech Student" award at my high school and recognized for my ability to command a public audience by being asked to instruct others in speaking publicly.
From 2001-2004, I served as a career counselor who coached job-seekers of all ages in interviewing and personal-relations strategies.
From 2005-2008, I instructed COM 101 to undergraduates both in-class and online at Grand Canyon University. Outcomes included examinations of communications theory and skill-building in public speaking. During this time, I served as Vice President of Toastmaster's International chapter at Grand Canyon University.
For the last four years, I've been a presentation and public speaking coach for undergraduates at Illinois State University and faculty-grade job applicants.
I'm continually invited to present at conferences, workshops, and professional development gatherings. These have included large- and small-group audiences in both public and private venues. Topics and titles of these public speaking engagements have included: "Annotation Wars: Battles of Intellectual Integrity;" "Transitioning Between Writing Instruction Paradigms;" "Emplotting the Perfect Pirate in Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking;" "Romanticizing Piracy: Mapping Misdirection in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island;" and "Integrating Research Interests into the Classroom."