Wright State University (Vocal Music)
Miami University (Master's)
I have been a middle school Language Arts teacher for over 22 years, in Southwest Michigan for the past ten years.
Prior to that, I taught for thirteen years in Chicago Public Schools and led tours at Wrigley Field for eleven years. I have taught academically accelerated students, remedial students, K-8, art, and a gifted science-literature class.
As a Reading/Writing Curriculum Coordinator, I organized the Young Authors Program, was a coach for Academic Olympics, directed musicals, moderated a faculty book club, and invited visiting poets, playwrights, and authors to her school; Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Gwendolyn Brooks once nicknamed me “Sassy.”
I am a consistent grant winner, a LMWP teacher-consultant, and have attended numerous teacher workshops through the National Endowment for the Humanities, a favorite being at Ellis Island. My undergraduate degree is in opera; my Master’s is in English Education from Miami of Ohio. When not teaching, I am probably reading or at the theater.
I love when my students get that "a-ha!" moment when something gets explained to them that didn't make sense before.
Many former students still contact me after they get to high school and even college to proofread their essays and stories; I enjoy editing and making suggestions for them. As noted above, I have an art and theater background, so I am able to give input on special projects for school as well.
In college at Wright State, I worked as an assistant to a student with MS and read books onto a recording for a blind student who couldn't get all of her textbooks in Braille. My specialties are: reading, Grammar, writing, proofreading, and Literature.
Because I do work full-time as a teacher, I am available after school around 4:00 or on weekends for tutoring and proofreading. I am able to travel to students for lessons or work with them online. If there is a cancellation, I would like to know a few hours in advance, especially for travel. Thanks.
I am looking forward to learning together. I have been a middle school Language Arts teacher for over 22 years, in Southwest Michigan for the past ten years.
Prior to that, I taught for thirteen years in Chicago Public Schools and led tours at Wrigley Field for eleven years. I have taught academically accelerated
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