The University of Virginia (English)
The University of Virginia (Master's)
Oxford University in English Lit. (Graduate Coursework)
After 22 years of full-time teaching, I would now like to focus on helping a few students to develop their academic writing and an analytical mindset that is necessary in crafting well though-out papers that provide both commentary and textual sources to support an argument.
Or I can assist them in learning in improving oral and listening communicative skills and/or in mastering American idioms.
In college at The University of Richmond, I was on the Dean's List and nominated to go aboard to a British university for a tenure of study but didn't do that until out in the working world at a later date while doing my Master's.
In college I wrote for its newspaper, The Collegian. In graduate studies at The University of Virginia, I maintained a high A average and received exemplary scores for my comprehensive exams for my Masters, some of that course work done abroad in London and Russia as part of two different travel study stints.
As a teacher, I have been honored twice at the Kennedy Center for being a Highly Effective Teacher while at Woodrow Wilson High School in NW Washington DC when I was teaching both Honors 10 and AP Literature.
While there, I was first an ESL teacher but then was recruited to become an AP English teacher based on higher level thinking activities I incorporated into ESL lessons. I am certified in Virginia in both ESL and English.
I have taught idiomatic American English to Russian-speaking diplomats living in the U.S. and communicative American English to science students at Novosibirsk State University in Siberia. I have taught English to Muslim women who prefer female teachers privately in their homes in Northern Virginia. I have also taught all Korean students ESL reading at Averett University and ESL students at NOVA in Annandale for about five summers.
I enjoy teaching students of all cultures and can communicate some in Spanish.
I am passionate about literature and have taken students to author's homes and haunts in England. I enjoyed helping students learn to read, analyze, discuss and write about the literature they read at deeper levels.
Outside of teaching, I worked as a writer and editor on Capitol Hill for about seven years and am now doing some writing at home. After 22 years of full-time teaching, I would now like to focus on helping a few students to develop their academic writing and an analytical mindset that is necessary in crafting well though-out papers that provide both commentary and textual sources to support an argument.
Or I can assist them in learning in improving oral and
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