I taught high school English full-time at Westbury Christian the year before last. This past school year I was enrolled in the masters in teaching program at Rice University, specializing in English 8-12. I taught full time at the Harmony School of Ingenuity in English for grades 9-11. I am certified to teach AP courses. I love teaching all aspects of English- including composition, grammar,literature interpretation, essay improvement, and verbal standardized test preparation.
The University of Texas - BA, The Plan II Honors Program
Rice University - MAT, English Education
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 800
What is your teaching philosophy?
Students ought to feel comfortable using the written word in order to explain the world around them or express their opinions. The writing process allows them ample time to reflect before expressing themselves, a benefit infrequently encountered during a real-time conversation. Through writing, a student can collect his thoughts and express himself by his most coherent means. The talent to transmit one's thoughts to paper in order to communicate to a diverse audience is invaluable. This ability manifests itself in the classroom when students trade papers and read the work of their peers. A teacher or tutor refines a student's writing aptitude through lessons on grammar and vocabulary, as well as writing techniques and styles. An English teacher, as opposed to teachers of math and science, has more flexibility regarding course structure and material. Such freedom allows an English teacher to allow students to write about personal experiences and viewpoints, and create stories of their own. These types of activities create a vital balance between student autonomy and teacher instruction and feedback.