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Ruben T.

Irving, TX

$30/hour

Certified English Teacher

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University of Dallas
Philosophy
University of Dallas
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Dallas (Philosophy)

University of Dallas (Graduate Coursework)

About Ruben

I graduated with a 3.5 cum laude GPA from the University of Dallas with a B.A. in Philosophy and received my Texas Standard Teaching Certificate for English 8-12 in 2013. During the Fall semester of 2013, I took some graduate coursework and was assigned to an Irving ISD high school where I taught and tutored freshman and senior classes, both of which I successfully completed at the end of that same year. Currently, I work a part- to full-time job during the day and hope to finally go back to graduate school in 2017.

I see my strengths in helping adolescents (middle school to high school) improve their reading skills for the purposes of literary analysis and criticism and improving their writing skills for the purposes of developing and writing high school to college level essays. In reading, I show methods that I used during college when reading and trying to understand a text for which I anticipated writing a paper on, and yet these methods are also accessible to high school and middle school students. In writing, I can and do introduce new vocabulary along the way as well as begin to help students to phase out everyday phrases and language, which unfortunately students have the habit of working into their papers. Similarly, I improve grammar but grammar and vocabulary, by themselves, are something I would prefer not to instruct.

Literature is my primary area of both leisure and study. One of my main reasons in becoming a teacher was to reintroduce the great books of the Western cannon to young readers, and while fully aware that my intellectual passion may not be of the younger generation's interest, just the observation of how little, and sometimes even not at all, great books are introduced to students at public middle schools and high schools is dismaying. At a bare minimum, students should be able to read, understand, analyze, and write in an intelligible manner appropriate to their age in order to have the foundation for higher critical thinking skills, which consistent practice of prepares them for later study in the same as well as other areas of higher education.

In light of what I have heard and seen in public schools, my profession reluctance at this time to obtain a teaching position does not deter from my original objective that, whether as teacher or tutor, I have an opportunity to introduce and improve general grammar, spelling, reading, and vocabulary skills towards making students better readers and writers.

I prefer to tutor at a neutral location, such as a coffee shop or public library, the latter being especially helpful and preferred not only for the free internet but also for having primary and secondary sources readily available.
I graduated with a 3.5 cum laude GPA from the University of Dallas with a B.A. in Philosophy and received my Texas Standard Teaching Certificate for English 8-12 in 2013. During the Fall semester of 2013, I took some graduate Read more

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Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Irving, TX 75038
Background Check: Passed
English:
English,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary

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English

Even though I received my Bachelor's degree in another subject, I received my certification for English 8-12 in the state of Texas in 2013. In order to be qualified to teach English, I needed to take and pass at least six English courses, not including the required four English core courses as an undergraduate. I passed all of the seven English courses I enrolled in at the time. Including the four English core courses, I took a total of eleven English courses as an undergraduate: in the four core courses, I received three A's and one B; in the seven other English courses, I received five A's and two B's. Finally, during my latest graduate coursework semester, I took one more English course and received an A, for a total of twelve English courses as part of my educational background. During my semester student-teaching semester, I taught English, at a public high school which included but was not limited to lessons on grammar, literature, reading, and spelling,

Literature

Even though I received my Bachelor's degree in another subject, I received my certification for English 8-12 in the state of Texas in 2013, the exam of which required me to analyze and recognize literature archetypes, symbols, themes through multiple choice and written essay. Before the exam, in order to be qualified to take the exam, I needed to take and pass at least six English or literature courses, not including the required four English core courses as an undergraduate. I passed all of the seven English or literature courses I enrolled in: Creative Nonfiction, Don Quixote, Early Modern Literature, English Romantic Tradition, German Literature, Postmodernist Fiction, and 20th Century Literature. (In order to have a much more diverse choice of texts, I also enrolled in literature courses which did not center or focus exclusively English texts or translations.) As there was no introduction to literature course, I learned everything I need to know through lectures and producing term papers, all of which put into practice forms of literary criticism from Aristotle to Lukács, although I favor Straussian. Including the four English core courses, I took a total of eleven English/Literature courses as an undergraduate: in the four core courses, I received three A's and one B; in the seven other English courses, I received five A's and two B's. Finally, during my latest graduate coursework semester, I took one more English/Literature course, Magical Realism, and received an A, for a total of twelve English/Literature courses as part of my educational background. And so my educational background prepared sufficiently with the literary tools to be able to read, interpret, and analyze virtually any Western text from Homer to post-postmodernist fiction. During my semester student-teaching semester, I put my skills to practice in teaching English at a public high school, which included literature, in particular selections from Ellison's "Invisible Man," short stories by Calvino, García Márquez, Joyce, and Poe, and Shaw's "Pygmalion." In teaching the texts by these authors, my work included but was not limited to distinguishing between literal and figurative language, identifying themes before finishing a reading of a book, teaching lessons on foreshadowing, irony, and mood, and reintroduces the basic parts of a critical essay on a book.

Reading

I received my teaching certification for English (grades) 8-12 and taught freshman and senior English last year.

Writing

I received a Bachelor's Degree, received my certification to teach English 8-12 in Texas, and taught freshman and senior English full-time as part of my certification.

University of Dallas
Philosophy
University of Dallas
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Dallas (Philosophy)

University of Dallas (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ruben will travel within 15 miles of Irving, TX 75038.