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Calstate Northridge (English)
Brooklyn College (Master's)
Originally from California, I am a lover of reading, writing, and eating! I have been teaching different levels of English for over three years. During my last year of my undergraduate degree I took part in a student-teacher program where myself and another student would sit in on a freshman composition class for the year. We would have the students for an hour to ourselves after every class meeting, twice a week, where we continued the work from the composition class, developing our own syllabus in conjunction with the professor’s. These students were all either the first in their families to go to college or the first generation born in America. Each had different skill levels and comprehension and my colleague and I developed lesson plans that were engaging and focused on improving their essay writing abilities while dealing with their comprehension difficulties.
In my philosophy, I believe that education is a continuous dialogue between the teacher and the student. Something that never ceases no matter the level of schooling, but instead develops as the student matures and the teacher becomes more perceptive to the students needs. Since I have started teaching, I have worked primarily with inner city students from every part of the globe, and believe firmly that part of my personal philosophy is a commitment to transmit a love of knowledge and to help build a stable foundation for further educational endeavors no matter the level of student. I do this by creating a classroom environment that focuses on academic skills. We work together, often in group-work or open class discussions that sharpen their critical thinking while engaging each other. A classroom, for me is a community, an open garden for nurturing the mind. By learning from each other we teach and enrich ourselves. In today’s hyper-secular world, I believe it is more important now than ever to bring back the concept of the divine into our day to day lives. My approach is to pose questions to the students that deal with the learning materials in the context of real life situations, to open the classroom into a discussion that never strays too far away from relatable life. How does this relate to my own circumstances? Why does this still matter? What is the relevance of this in a modern context? I often use the internet to show brief clips from a variety of sources (film, interviews, documentaries, current events, etc), working with the classroom dialectically to connect the dots and make sense of the material. I’d like to think also that part of my philosophy is humor. I firmly believe in the power of laughter and its capacity to illuminate the darkest and most difficult of subjects, bringing us closer together in the human experience. My classrooms are filled with laughter. I like to couple humor with real life anecdotal situations from myself but also from the students and the world around us to show how serious subjects like literature and religion find their way into our daily lives. Originally from California, I am a lover of reading, writing, and eating! I have been teaching different levels of English for over three years. During my last year of my
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I recently wrote a thesis on the esoteric traditions of Jewish and Christian mysticism. I have an extensive knowledge of love of Hebrew Literature along with other religious traditions. My passion for poetry brings a new lens to studying the Torah and New Testament.