american academy of dramatic arts (Theatre)
As a published writer, produced playwright and in high school an advanced student in AP English, my theatre background kept me interested in great literature and inspired my love for Shakespeare, James Joyce, Medieval through modern history. My love of literature lead me to the stories of those who learned despite great obstacles and supposed disabilities. In childhood I portrayed blind/deaf Helen Keller and fell in love with her story. This lead to my study of American Sign Language at age 8. As a young adult, I studied ASL and became fluent and adept at understanding the Deaf Community.
My experience teaching and tutoring has been via children's theatre. I have directed, written, taught and been involved in children's theatre from my childhood and as recently as 2013. I have taught writing and American Sign Language to children through adults. And tutored First Grade through Fourth Grade students -- in reading, writing and arithmetic -- for two years. It was in a classroom setting.
First-hand experience dating a deaf man for six years, and our communication 100% Through those six years. Now, 16 years later, we are still friends. Before that, I was up to Level 3 at The Institute of American Sign Language in New York City. I also was a teacher in the American Sign Language Meet-Up for two years.
I've worked Various professional jobs at Simon & Schuster; as an Editor and Ghost Writer for Joseph Mancuso at CEO Clubs. Ghost Writer for two books, one a fiction novel; one screenplay (first draft, non-produced). Published Author and Produced Playwright. Proofreading for lawyers and businesses from 1986-2000 in various jobs.
I respect the intelligence of all people, and believe everyone can and will learn at their own pace. Positive reinforcement is how all people work best, and I am an expert at knowing and finding your unique learning technique. We are all different, and many teachers are not able to take the time to individualize to your style. I can and will!
I am patient and very calm, and fun, too. Work can be fun! As a published writer, produced playwright and in high school an advanced student in AP English, my theatre background kept me interested in great literature and inspired my love for Shakespeare, James Joyce, Medieval through modern history. My love of literature lead me to the stories of those who learned despite great obstacles and supposed
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I earned Level 6 from the American Sign Language Institute, NYC.
I learned ASL via school programs in childhood.
I had a long term live-in relationship with a deaf individual for 15 years where ASL was 98% of our communication.
I worked with the Deaf Community via theatre off and on for more than twenty years.