Indiana University, Bloomington
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Master's)
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (PhD)
I have had the good fortune to experience teaching in a variety of settings at the University of Illinois where I completed my PhD in Comparative Literature as well as Indiana. This includes language instruction, leading discussions, and teaching a lecture course on a particular topic. Additionally, I have taught in the summer months for an organization called the Institute of Reading Development for which I taught reading, writing, and study skills to students of all levels (K-12). In each of these contexts, I have encountered various issues and challenges in getting students to engage actively with the material being presented and retaining information long term.
Through my diverse experience teaching a variety of courses at the collegiate as well as working with secondary school level kids, I have developed an informed empathy and flexibility when presenting material to students. I learned early in my career that each student has unique learning needs and challenges that need to be addressed on a case-by-case basis. I also realized given the different levels of the students that teaching students how to think analytically and formulate ideas was a complicated process that required a nuanced instruction and support. Teaching courses in the university setting was formative in building my problem solving and troubleshooting skills as a teacher-particularly when addressing the fundamental issue of students' inability to understand how to apply the concepts and training they were learning.
Working for the Institute of Reading Development was invaluable in my development as an instructor of reading and phonics. I had the opportunity to work with students who both struggled with and excelled at reading, writing, and class preparation. This educational setting allowed me to develop concrete methods for communicating information to students of varying levels of competency and ability. Since I worked with students as young as 5 or 6 years old to those who were in high school or beyond, I gained experience teaching different kinds of reading, writing, and study skills. While phonics and syllables were crucial for the younger students how to read effectively for exams was much more important to the older students. Overall, this experience has allowed me to develop curriculum-specific strategies for helping students to succeed and improve there reading and writing skills irrespective of age or ability.
Foreign language instruction has also played a significant role in my development as a graduate student educator. I have discovered that when teaching a foreign language it is important to ground the students in linguistic tradition in order to further their understanding and ability to learn the language. In my experience, students respond well when grammar, vocabulary, and language pedagogy is couched within a cultural context that expands the students exposure to the language. I have worked diligently to create language courses which are not only academically rigorous and culturally rich, but also, interesting and fun for my students. The evaluations I have received from both literature and language courses stress my knowledge, patience, enthusiasm, and approachability as an instructor as well as the engaging and stimulating tenor of my classes.
I believe I am an excellent choice for your tutoring needs as I have taught several different courses for the University of Illinois and Indiana University, have been voted excellent by my students in most of semesters over the past eleven years, and have a demonstrated commitment to the development of teaching pedagogy and a proven record of motivating student engagement with and commitment to academic and scholastic goals. I hope to hear from you soon! (References available upon request.) I have had the good fortune to experience teaching in a variety of settings at the University of Illinois where I completed my PhD in Comparative Literature as well as Indiana. This includes language instruction, leading discussions, and teaching a lecture course on a particular topic. Additionally, I have taught in the summer months for an