Texas Southern University, Houston - TX 77004
texas so (Master's)
University of Houston (Graduate Coursework)
As the Earth seemingly becomes smaller due to technological advances, it is of the utmost importance that every human becomes a contributing citizen to her or his community, city, state, nation, and the World in general! My contributions to the ascendancy of humankind are in the areas of History and Language Arts both written and oral, in English and Spanish.
According to British writer and philosopher Thomas Carlyle, "Blessed is he who has found his calling!" And Education is the principal means by which I am pursuing my life's work. I have provided instruction for pre-kindergarten through university, along with ABE, GED, and Citizenship in English and Spanish. Noted orator, diplomat, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass once stated "... to understand, often a man must stand under!" Gracefully standing under pressure, while fighting insurmountable odds have provided me a unique set of methods that reach students who previously lacked an appreciation for academic pursuits.
To paraphrase a character in George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmallion, "Every block of granit has a sculpture within. It is the sculptor's job to reveal it." Likewise, if a student lacks the skills to acquire certain subject matter, it is my duty to provide her or him the means to do so. Therefore, my instruction is based on two principles. First, I implement learner centered instruction based on a student's personal learning style, rather than the idiosyncrasies of my style of teaching. Second, Bloom's Taxonomy is used to determine the type and level of instruction and assessment. I look forward to helping all student's achieve academic excellence.
My personal education is extensive, both informal and formal. In 1978 I received a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish with a concentration in Education. Further, I earned a Masters of Arts in History with concentrations in United States and World Histories. I studied for both degrees at Texas Southern University. However, as important as formal education is, practical experience is also relevant!
I have taught in several corners of our world outside of the United States. My first teaching assignment was in Gambia West Africa. In the city of Banjul the capitol, I was in charge of the equivalent of the 1st through 3rd grade students. After the completion of my assignment I taught United States and Caribbean Histories to Middle School students in St. Anne's Bay Jamaica. Ultimately, I journeyed to Mexico where I taught ESL, Mexican and
United States Histories to middle and high school students. I took full opportunity to study the pyramids and ruins of that very ancient civilization.
My experiences in Mexico influenced my decision to seek a degree in History. After 2 years back in the United States, I earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in History and became a Professor of History at Prairie A&M University.
I taught there for 2 years and decided to pursue a PhD. While pursuing my doctoral studies I became a bilingual elementary school teacher with the Houston Independent School District. I worked with grades 3-6 and summers with the pk and k students. For the last 8 years I have taught U.S. History at a private community college known as the Commonwealth Institute. Please consider me! My greatest joy is to see a student achieve excellence!
As the Earth seemingly becomes smaller due to technological advances, it is of the utmost importance that every human becomes a contributing citizen to her or his community, city, state, nation, and the World in general! My contributions to the ascendancy of humankind are in the areas of History and Language Arts both
I have at least ten years experience teaching elementary school. I have taught PK-6th. Along with that experience, I have taught college U.S. History, ESL, ABE, GED, and Citizenship courses. I look forward to assisting with your studies.