Greenfield Community College (Liberal Arts AA)
Hello! My name is Eddie, I'm 19 years old and I am currently enrolled in my second year at Greenfield Community College. I graduated from Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, CA (the same high school portrayed in the movie, "Freedom Writers"), which is where I grew up. I moved to the Pioneer Valley because I had become acquainted with the area after spending last summer doing an internship here, and absolutely fell in love. The natural beauty to beheld here and the strong prominence of education in the Valley—given the influence of the Five Colleges and that good, old puritanical focus on learning—made me want to call this wonderful place home, so I made it so.
My passion for education is immense (I mean, I did move 3,000 miles away for it!) and so are the reasons why. I have always had an affinity for learning and discovering new things or ideas. However, much of my passion for education has only come of late. This is because like many, I was discouraged by the American public-school system, which I had spent all my formal years of schooling in. In school, again like many others, I was mostly unengaged by the seemingly autocratic nature of it all. I managed just to get by with mediocre grades without much genuine interest in what I was being made to do. Quite often I would find myself deliberately not doing my homework, but researching subjects on my own time with no relation to the classes that I did have genuine interest in. I was so fed up with the lack of freedom, creativity and autonomy I had with my education and the out-of-touch teachers, so much so that by senior year, accumulating all the criticism I had made in my head of the "system" prior to that point, I had compiled tons of ideas on how to make things better. That is when my passion really took off, and what ultimately has brought me here to Wyzant.
I believe proper education should prioritize integral things like freedom, creativity, and autonomy. Now, I understand it is difficult to maintain these sorts of things when the subject at hand is something one is not too interested in. However, in my area of expertise which is English, the way the subject is approached has everything to do with whether someone can like studying it, or not. I believe my approach of stressing the importance of English, like being able to communicate clearly and relevance to other subjects of interest, and the wide array of things to explore within English-instruction can bring even the most staunch hater of English to even more of a lover of it than I am (which is saying something!).
Honestly, I never have been an official "tutor" in my life, but going through school I have always helped my peers, especially in my English classes. Also, I was practically my younger cousins' home-school teacher during breaks when they would practically throw themselves on me for help. My other informal experiences include both my internships I did last summer after I graduated high school. They were both totally unrelated to the education sector, but I managed to utilize my teaching skills in two peculiar situations. My first internship I did, in Ireland, I worked with others mostly from different European nations who hardly spoke English and specifically came to Ireland to learn. Naturally, I became a sort of tutor for a group of ten: consisting of Spaniards, Italians, Frenchmen and Frenchwomen, and one German. I helped them learn conversational English and even helped write cover letters and resumes for a few of them. During my internship in Western Mass, I helped the family I lived with by teaching their 4 year old daughter to read and assisting in the homeschooling of their 8 year old son.
I read and write a lot and love to, so it is my pleasure to read and write with others while giving them proper instruction and feedback. I have many methods on how to keep people focused and engaged, and on how to phrase topics so that they make sense.
I am very flexible with my tutoring. I have a car so I can meet anyone wherever. The fact that I have access to my college's library and Greenfield Public Library gives me a lot of sources I can provide and supplement in, if needed. Please, if you are interested in tutoring with me or just have any questions for me at all, contact me. I'm extremely available and I respond to inquires typically right away. Thank you for visiting my profile! Hello! My name is Eddie, I'm 19 years old and I am currently enrolled in my second year at Greenfield Community College. I graduated from Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, CA (the same high school portrayed in the movie, "Freedom Writers"), which is where I grew up. I moved to the Pioneer Valley because I had become acquainted
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