Goucher College (Liberal Arts)
University of Surrey (England) (Master's)
University of Surrey (PhD)
Well, if you want someone a bit different to work with you or your kids, you've found the right person! The fact that my working life has been a twisted road is to your benefit, as I have worked in Management in the technology industry, taught ESL, tutored my kids and grandchildren, worked in academia as a faculty member, published, presented at conferences, and more! My own research is interdisciplinary and uses technology and the digital humanities, so, for example, in history I try to instill in my students a reverence for the past while using contemporary methodologies for exploring that past. Primary sources are also used, and my own education, experience, and research supports this as my work has included archival studies, performing arts librarianship, and diachronic studies of texts (danced and written). I also use motion capture as a means of studying movement, and as a future possibility for virtual reconstructions as a pedagogical tool (imagine Baroque dancers in a 3D Versailles). So it's safe to say that I don't think like everyone else; I am a big picture person, but can work with details. As a Myers-Briggs INTJ, and a Gardner ‘Existentialist’ learner, I am comfortable within the land of ideas. But not all students learn the way I learn; some wish to be directed more than others, and their comfort zones can vary, even from course to course (e.g. theory vs. studio, history vs. analysis). So I strive to find ways to reach all of my students.
The most basic point in my teaching philosophy: to help students make connections with people, with content, with ideas, within themselves. My goal is not to stuff a student’s head full of facts, even though I offer several of them when teaching both theory and studio courses (did I mention that I also teach and choreograph dance?). Instead, I want the student to take the information I offer and use what they can in order to learn for themselves. I ask questions to spur their imagination, to initiate critical thought, and to help them find answers. Through doing so, I often learn myself or make a new connection. But I don’t expect all students to work this way. That is why my teaching style is relatively open, flexible. That said, I am considered by students to be ‘tough’, but fair. I know I often put the bar fairly high; however, I believe that the students can live up to the bar, and if I let them know I believe in them, they usually succeed. When I help someone make a connection, I am inspired to do the same. When they learn, I learn. And when I learn, I become a better teacher.
Well, if you want someone a bit different to work with you or your kids, you've found the right person! The fact that my working life has been a twisted road is to your benefit, as I have worked in Management in the technology industry, taught ESL, tutored my kids and grandchildren, worked in academia as a faculty member, published, presented at
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I have a BA, MA, and PhD in dance. I have taught ballet at the university level, as well as K-12. I continue to choreograph using ballet and modern dance styles. My research includes ballet technique and terminology.
I have experience using the Adobe suite as well as Microsoft Publisher and MSWord to develop publications such as brochures, cards, newsletters, posters (although I often choose PowerPoint for posters), etc. I also advise friends and colleagues on how to create their publications. AND I once held the positions of Director of Technical Publications at a software firm and Manager: Communication and Project Coordination at a large air line.
In a past life I was responsible for the email systems at Delta Air Lines. Back then we used cc:mail, unix mail, an in-house developed messaging system, and eventually moved to Outlook per my recommendation. Although it has been some time, I believe that I could easly come back up to speed and could tutor someone wishing to understand more about the system/application.
I began learning music from my mother and grandmother as a toddler. At age 8, I began piano lessons, and continued through high school at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, where I also studied theory and history. In college, I studied music history, and as a college instructor in Dance History, I incorporated music history into the courses in order to place the history of the performing arts in context. I now teach piano and, as such, include music history into the lessons. I am offering a summer camp experience to young teens in which Music plays a large part (Putting the A in STEM: Movement, Music, and Math (STEAM).
As a lecturer, teacher, and scholar I often speak on a variety of topics to large groups of people. I have also coached students on the demeanor and language required to be both engaging and informative while speaking in public. The need to speak 'to the audience' is not just a writing construct, but also one necessary when preparing a speech (language is important), but also when giving the speech. My experience in front of the podium has given me the qualifications necessary to coach others. (I also attended several workshops given by groups such as AT&T on facilitation and public speaking when working in the corporate arena).
I realized, when teaching in higher ed, that students come to university having little to no study skills. Thus, I always incorporate sessions on how to study. I noticed an increase in grades after adding these sessions, and the students always express gratitude. I have also used my methods with my granddaughter (grade 7), and have seen improvement. Finally, I have tutored in a variety of topics to students who are refugees in after school programs, so I am familiar with several areas of study, and have found that my study methods work across disciplines.
Part of my work experience included managing groups of writers, graphics and human factors personnel, and web designers. As leader of these groups I, too, helped design and brand documents including web-based documentation (e.g. websites). Also, my dance background is very helpful in designing visual aspects of various products, including websites.