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Michigan State University (English Education)
Michigan State University (Master's)
I've always thought of myself not as a teacher but as a deautomatonizer. I want students to strip away all the social conventions and standardized expectations that the education system has shackled them with. I believe in the uniqueness and freedom of the individual's mind, and that when let loose, creativity is often the greatest source of intelligent advancement.
In order to bring students to this advanced level of critical thinking, I typically employ a variety of teaching models. Regardless the mode of delivery, however, I subscribe to the philosophy that participants are more inclined to grow and develop than observers; those who are actively engaged in the experience come away with greater gain from that experience. This translates to the classroom through my application of a Constructivist approach. Instead of receiving instructions students learn by doing; sometimes this is accomplished through co-operative problem-solving or critical reflection, other times it may be through kinesthetic activity. This eliminates the “accumulation and regurgitation” of information and instead allows for self-discovery through the application and development of methodologies. In the same vein, I favor Socratic discussion over lecturing; I often ask more questions than I give answers.
I've taught. For twenty years. Never allowing myself to become a somnambulant of the system, but rather using that which was effective, while discarding that which was not. I specialize in literary analysis, reading comprehension, and writing. My students outperformed local and state averages on their ACT writing scores. I'm a published writer and a playwright who's been produced professionally. I've worked professionally around the country as an actor, director, writer, guest instructor, and even as a stuntman (that's right, a stuntman!)
Here's what I can promise you: I will be fun at times; I will be tough always. But through them both, you will improve your skills. I've always thought of myself not as a teacher but as a deautomatonizer. I want students to strip away all the social conventions and standardized expectations that the education system has shackled them with. I believe in the uniqueness and freedom of the individual's mind, and that when let loose, creativity is often the greatest source of
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I have a Master's degree in theatre history, criticism, and theory. My dissertation was "Sophocles' Antigone: An Exploration in Modern and Contemporary Versions." I've worked professionally as an actor, director, instructor, and technician across the country.