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University of Washington (Master's)
My name is Katie G., and I'm a professional writer and researcher with experience in teaching, marketing, and management.
I'm presently contracted to work at Microsoft as a specialty writer and editor for their worldwide Education team in the public sector. I'm entrusted with editing and relaying communications to thousands of our global teams and their customers. I'm also responsible for my own writing projects -- editing white papers and legal agreements between Microsoft and other governments, creating internal monthly newsletters for the Vice President of Education, and leading a team of vendors through the editorial process for their own communications.
I was also hired in the summer of 2014 as a Beginning and Advanced Filmmaking Instructor for Digital Media Academy. I instructed high school students at the University of Washington (Seattle campus) on storyboarding, script writing, and using Final Cut Pro X to edit their films they shot with Canon XF300 cameras.
Prior to these roles, I worked as an adjunct faculty member at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, NC. I taught writing in the Individualized Learning Center and worked 1:1 (face-to-face) with all of my students, gaining extensive experience in tutoring students in both writing and study skills and leading workshops for the college. I worked with ESL and ELL students as well as students who struggle with learning disabilities and are visually or hearing impaired. I believe that students learn best in environments where they able to incorporate their own interests into their academic work. I try to make each tutoring session fit their individual needs by always addressing their primary concerns first.
I've been tutoring, both privately and within the university, for almost five years now. I graduated in June 2012 from the University of Washington with my Master's of Arts in Cultural Studies. During my two years in graduate school, I worked as a digital media and writing tutor. I have experience in assisting students with all stages of the writing process -- brainstorming, creating reverse outlines, conducting research with primary and secondary sources, making a thesis statement, and generating citations in MLA, Chicago Style, APA, or any other academic format. I also have experience in tutoring students with script writing, storyboarding, web design, and video editing. I'm skilled in Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Dreamweaver as well as using other learning technologies and forums, i.e. Google Sites’ E-Portfolios, Catalyst, and Blackboard.
I was also a Graduate Teaching Assistant while at UW, so I have experience in leading seminars, workshops, and assessing undergraduate students’ papers.
As a teacher and tutor, I facilitated learning by encouraging students to keep writing and revising (even when it gets rough), to develop their ideas further, and by showing them resources. Knowing where to find accessible resources (for grammar, writing, citations, etc.) is important for teaching, because one does not always know the answer immediately.
The more enthused that students are about their projects, the more likely they are to apply what they’re learning in the course of their everyday life practices. This is why teaching is such a meaningful investment in the future.
It is important to create activities for students that allow them to work together on a daily basis, as this not only requires them to become active participants in their learning, but it also establishes a more productive dialogue in the classroom. For instance, each class that I’ve taught generally begins with a paired off discussion or another activity that asks students to engage with the reading material, to consider things they haven’t previously thought of, to acknowledge what they find confusing or, more important, to ask what they want to personally understand. This is how “good” research questions and thesis statements are formed. Engaging the students is crucial and initial set-up of activities in class is always key.
Because of my experience in creating lesson plans, finding user-friendly resources, and working with students through all stages of the research and writing process, I think that I would be an ideal tutor for you. I can also assist you with reading, presentation, and study skills. My name is Katie G., and I'm a professional writer and researcher with experience in teaching, marketing, and management.
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This lesson was like no other. I have never had a session that was so informational, engaging, and one that allowed an exceptional "hands-on" opportunity for learning. I have been very fortunate to have learned my new found power point skills from such an astute educator. She created a lesson plan which successfully launched my understanding of power point to a whole new level. My fundamental understanding of power-point has improved by 75%. Ms. Katie paid careful attention to every detail ensuring that I understood every step of the process. She far surpassed my expectations of her professionalism, knowledge and expertise. Your dedication to my learning certainly guarantees a continuing successful relationship in future tutoring sessions.
Keep in mind that all achievements begin with ideas; your ideas and support have helped me to grow as a power-point student.
Thank you for all of your help and support! I am looking forward to using my new skills on future power-point presentations.
Writing is an area I have struggled in, I felt compelled to hire a tutor to help me learn how to write better and clearly communicate my ideas. Katie helped me with everything I needed making me feel confident in my writing and much more able than before working with her. She was flexible in her schedule and was extremely helpful in all stages of the writing process. I highly recommend her as a writing tutor it was great to work with her.
She is very polite and professional for student. She understood my challenge and suggested the agenda suitable for improvement. She prepared well for lesson next time and it was very impressive.
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In college, I had to design webpages using Dreamweaver for my senior capstone and thesis project. I still have digital copies of these webpages that I created for my project. I also was required by the University of Washington (as a digital media tutor) to understand how to use a variety of editing software. Dreamweaver is a program that I feel confident in using and also proficient in teaching others how to use.
My undergraduate and graduate education consisted of studying film as a text (in addition to literature and theory). One of my scholarly publications explores Batman's code of ethics in the films "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight" -- this article was published in the 2010 Proceedings of the Florida Conference of Historians. My master's thesis was focused on examining representations of the femme fatale in contemporary global cinematic movements. I analyzed films from not only Hollywood but also Latin American Cinema, Bollywood, and Nollywood.
As a scholar, I've attended several academic conferences to present and share my research with others. Most of these presentations have lasted 20 minutes, sometimes longer. I'm constantly seeking to better develop my own public speaking skills by experimenting with using a variety of technologies and/or looking to others (i.e. TED talks and authors who participate in public debate) for inspiration and incorporating their personal methods into my work. I was also a Graduate Teaching Assistant during my time at UW, so I have experience in teaching seminars and leading class discussion with undergraduate students.
I have at least two years' experience in working as a writing and digital media tutor for undergraduate and upper-level high school English students. I can help students, particularly those who are new to college or the conventions of academic writing, become stronger, more confident writers.
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