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Auburn University (BFA Acting)
Lincoln Memorial University (MEd)
Hello, my name is John! I'm from Birmingham, AL originally, and graduated from Auburn University in 2011. When I graduated, I worked as a professional actor on the West Coast, and teaching actors how to sword fight and perform Shakespeare. The more I taught, the I discovered that I wanted to spend the rest of my life as a teacher in theatre and the English Language Arts.
I am currently pursuing my teacher's license in Secondary English Education, with an additional license for Theatre, through Lincoln Memorial University. After I acquire my license, I will be pursuing my Masters of Education through Lincoln Memorial as well. I have experience tutoring students of all ages, from kindergarten through graduate school, on a wide variety of English Language Arts skills. My promise to all of my students is that I will never quit on you, and I will do everything in my power to help you achieve success.
Because of my performing arts background, I have a more versatile experience with reading texts of all kinds, especially literature. I believe that for many students, the key to improving their reading skills may not simply be more time staring at pages, but finding ways to engage with what they're reading. That may take the shape of having one-on-one discussions about the story or text, or it may manifest as a need to act out the various characters in order to give shape and context to the material. Whatever the case may be, I believe that identifying the particular aspects of what a student is struggling with, and then working with students and parents to develop strategies to address those struggles, is the BEST way to help a student take ownership of their own growing skills and ultimately help them take pride in their abilities.
I am familiar with standardized testing formats for high school students, and very experienced with elementary age students who need extra time to refine their skills in alphabetic coding, phonemic awareness, and reading comprehension.
I am not the average tutor, because I don't believe that there is an average student. Each child, regardless of age, is an individual person, and deserves to be treated with respect. I believe that as an educator, the greatest resource I have to help students is their trust in me, their trust that I am there to help them, that I believe in them, and that I will work with diligence, patience, and kindness to meet their needs and set them up for a happy and successful future. Hello, my name is John! I'm from Birmingham, AL originally, and graduated from Auburn University in 2011. When I graduated, I worked as a professional actor on the West Coast, and teaching actors how to sword fight and perform Shakespeare. The more I taught, the I discovered that I wanted to spend the rest of my life as a teacher in … Read more
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