Dillard University, New Orleans, LA (Mass Communications)
Southern University at Shreveport, Louisiana (Other)
My name is James, and I graduated from Dillard University in 2001 with a major in Mass Communications and an English minor. After two concurrent careers in journalism in which I was required to speak with and sometimes train others, as a sportswriter and a television technical director, I was bitten by the teaching bug. I began my new career teaching middle school English/Language Arts in my hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana in 2004. My experiences include both full-time and substitute stints as well as with non-profit organizations such as Volunteers of America. I moved to Houston in 2014 and have taught Grades 4, 5, and 7 English/Language Arts and Social Studies.
For parents and students reading this, let me be clear: I love to teach! I am a third-generation educator, so you could say that teaching is in my blood. More important, I love for students to learn and engage themselves in their lessons. My instructional focus is to help students learn, conceptualize, retain, and apply their newfound knowledge to the real world. Tutoring provides a more relaxed learning environment and gives students the opportunity to express themselves without fear of embarrassment or exclusion. There is no such thing as a dumb question. Curiosity denotes interest, and you have demonstrated your interest in bettering your academic prospects by being here. My primary concern is helping you achieve your academic goals. Whether it be test prep, staying sharp in anticipation for the next school year, or just reinforcement or review of previous lessons, I can help.
I was an English minor in college, so I have done the work that I expect my students to one day master both inside and outside of the classroom. Many of my non-teaching professional experiences heavily utilized my English and grammar skills. As a freelance sportswriter for The Shreveport Times, I covered hundreds of high school athletic contests in north Louisiana. My knowledge of journalistic style and beating the challenges of writing against tight deadlines has definitely helped me in my teaching career.
I have two years of Social Studies teaching experience, as I taught it at the elementary level for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. After my first year here in Texas, I was honored with a $3,000 stipend from ASPIRE for helping promote my fourth grade students' achievement on the STAAR Social Studies exam. My lessons included geography, latitude and longitude, U.S. History, American states and capitals, Texas History, and more. My name is James, and I graduated from Dillard University in 2001 with a major in Mass Communications and an English minor. After two concurrent careers in journalism in which I was required to speak with and sometimes train others, as a sportswriter and a television technical director, I was bitten by the teaching bug. I began my new career
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Basketball is my favorite sport, and I have played it in both organized and recreational settings for nearly 30 years. In addition to teaching, I have helped coach boys' and girl's basketball at previous schools and at my hometown church. I am a well-rounded player who emphasizes mastering the fundamentals of dribbling, passing, rebounding, shooting, AND defense. Even today, a great deal of my recreational hoops time is spent competing against and helping younger players develop their skills.
I have nearly four successful years of English and Language Arts teaching experience in grades 4-8.
My college minor is English, and I began my professional writing career in 1998.