University of Phoenix (Criminal Justice)
Southern New Hampshire University (Master's)
Based on my English academic and teaching experience, technical skills, management, customer service expertise, art education and experience, I am confident that I would be a great tutor and coach for your academic and creative hurdles. My education experience includes two years as a high school Art, English, and World Religions teacher, and one year as a college composition teacher. Additionally, for five years I taught and trained adults on the operation and maintenance of large format graphics printing and imaging devices.
I obtained my Master of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing with a 3.89 GPA. My undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice Administration was completed with a 3.97 GPA, and my Associate of Applied Arts degree in Commercial Art and Advertising was achieved with a 3.67 GPA. I am excited about the ability to contribute to your academic and personal success of. Thank you in advance for your time, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I would appreciate the opportunity to review my qualifications in more detail with you.
My Teaching Philosophy:
A rancher relative gave me sage advice larger than the sphere of ranching technologies: “Get the hay down from the loft and onto the barn floor where the cattle can eat it.” On the surface, such a metaphor may appear offensive: me as a pitchfork-wielding rancher and my students scrambling toward the fresher feed. This is only a simpler way of stressing the need for teachers to distribute what appears to be initially inaccessible material available and within reach for the student who wants and needs academic nourishment. This places the burden on me, removing the pretense that I am the higher form of species because of a degree set, teaching certificate, and higher population of gray hairs. I’ve simply traveled further or broader than most students, but cannot lose the duty of helping others along that same route. Additionally, the balance of my teaching methods insures that the primary bullet points in the world of English Language Arts are successfully comprehended and learned by my students.
Educational principles of importance include reliability, respect, and engagement. The students and I must respect each other’s role without losing ourselves in the part. It begins with my respect for them ("Teacher-student relationship"). If a student can depend on my ability to keep a schedule and gradebook practices consistent, my reliability factor can only escalate (Egger). The more I engage students in interesting ways to teach the material they must learn, the more they are apt to learn it (Dodd). In mutual respect for roles, no one student can control a classroom. Neither can my personal axes to grind or favorite styles be imposed on them. I can make the student aware of my strengths, but also teach them to excel in those areas I may be weak in. Being at class on time and laying out clear expectations on due dates and examinations is important, and will help the student develop their own routines in any realm of their lives.
The engagement with students depends directly on my enthusiasm and love of the English language and Visual Arts, with distinctions in writing and illustration. Much like an idealized marriage, this must be unimpeded by outside noise and adversity. That moment I am there in the classroom is the most important moment of my teaching career. Specific to English is the necessity to expose students to a wide array of styles among the writers of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. In addition to reading assignments, engaging discussions that utilize the authors’ texts, my public speaking talents, and my ability to draw a wide range of personality types into the verbal and vocal sphere is vital. Finally, the ultimate measure of my teaching is the students’ success as determined by their ability on that first day in class and the yardstick of ideal and upward growth in their writing ability on that last day of class.
Dodd, Anne Wescott. “Engaging Students: What I Learned Along the Way.” Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. ASCD, September 1995. Web. 13 Jan. 2014.
Egger, Mark. “What Are You Afraid Of?” Duke University. Duke U, 1 April 2011. Web. 10 January 2014.
“The teacher-student relationship.” csun.edu. California State University Northridge, n.d. Web. 09 Jan. 2014. About Me:
Based on my English academic and teaching experience, technical skills, management, customer service expertise, art education and experience, I am confident that I would be a great tutor and coach for your academic and creative hurdles. My education experience includes two years as a high school Art, English, and World