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Harvard University (Philosophy)
Harvard University (Master's)
Harvard University (Graduate Coursework)
As a working playwright, Emerson scholar, and educator, I love instilling a passion for reading, writing, and speaking in my students. I taught graduate students as a teaching fellow at Harvard for seven years, teens and adults for 12 years in independent settings, and trained teachers in the curriculum I developed at the state-licensed preschool that I founded. I am a produced and published writer. As a mother who raised and taught her son, a successful entrepreneur who was born deaf, my second language is Sign Language.
I teach reading at all levels, essay writing, critical thinking, and creative writing. I also teach public speaking to help students and adults become more comfortable and effective communicators. I love tutoring because I value having the freedom to customize my teaching approach according to each student's individual interests, goals, strengths, and weaknesses. Everyone learns differently. I find it extremely fulfilling to see a student become empowered and confident as his and her receptive and expressive language skills grow. As a working playwright, Emerson scholar, and educator, I love instilling a passion for reading, writing, and speaking in my students. I taught graduate students as a teaching fellow at Harvard for seven years, teens and adults for
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I have a Master's Degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. As a licensed and ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, I taught Bible Studies to children, teens, and adults for twelve years. I also wrote and preached sermons based on the Bible for those twelve years. During that time, I created a Sunday School program for students from 5 - 22 years old with special needs that made biblical stories accessible to them in creative ways.
I trained teachers in K - 6th grade Sunday School for twelve years. This included reading, writing, spelling, art, and drama in the areas of world religions, history, culture, geography, and nature studies.
I designed and directed a unique educational program for students ages 5 - 22 with diverse special needs including Autism Spectrum, Down Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, Deafness, and Fragile X. This included verbal and non-verbal communication, Sign Language, drama, music, art, and gardening.
I founded a state-licensed secular preschool - kindergarten, trained teachers, and wrote curricula.
I taught English, reading and writing, to my son who was born totally deaf by creating educational materials and utilizing all of his other senses.
I have extensive experience in public speaking. As a teaching fellow at Harvard, besides leading group sessions, I lectured on occasion to 100+ students in medical, business, philosophical and theological ethics. As a minister of twelve years, I preached every Sunday. As a community organizer and founder of the New Eden Collaborative, I gave talks at public events on the environment. As the founder and executive director of Our Secret Garden indoor/outdoor Preschool, I gave talks to parents, the general public, to donors and potential donors on early education. I have also helped teens, adult students, and professionals overcome their fear of public speaking and taught them how to structure, write, and deliver their talks.
I have a Master's Degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and am currently writing my doctoral dissertation there. As a teaching fellow, I taught a variety of ethics courses, including theological and philosophical ethics for seven years. I taught Theological Reflection to graduate students from diverse faith backgrounds at Harvard Divinity School for three years. I am also a licensed and ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. As such I taught religious education and led many interfaith classes and seminars. In my church ministry, I served as a supervisor to ministerial interns. And I taught world religions to groups of confirmation students for twelve years.
To be competitive at Harvard, I had to develop excellent study skills for myself, particularly for my general exams that are required to progress from being a doctoral student to a doctoral candidate. I passed my three days of written exams and one day oral examination by Hilary Putnam in philosophy, Richard Niebuhr in theology, and Arthur J. Dyck in ethics with distinction.
I am a visual learner, so I created a 5' study map marking significant points from the 17th - 20th C on three layers: theology/philosophy, history, and literature. I have used this technique with my students successfully. Currently, I am advising a master's student at Harvard who is writing her thesis, and she has made a visual map for herself.
Another technique I and my students find helpful is cross-referencing on multiple platforms and then drawing it in a shape that makes sense to the student. Some draw a spider's web or a labyrinth, for example. This out-of-the-box method allows students to see the whole and how the parts within it relate to one another. And this sort of visualization for most of my students has greatly helped them to not only understand but remember information.
I believe in the theory of multiple intelligences and enjoy finding creative methods of effective studying that works for individual students.
I am a working playwright. My plays have been produced in Boston, Cambridge, and Newburyport, Massachusetts and off-broadway in New York City. I won the Harvard Arts Museum award with production for a play of mine. I studied playwriting with Mark Lieb at Harvard and with Derek Walcott at Boston University. I studied Classical Greek Drama with Gregory Nagy at Harvard and ancient Japanese Noh with Richard Gardner from Japan. I have participated in workshops and conferences, and am a current member of The Dramatists Guild of New York. I am also a current member of a theatre in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where my play-in-progress is being workshopped.