Sometimes a student will say to me, "I'm just not a good writer." My response is that writing is just another mode of communication and everyone has a distinct writer's voice. There are always technical areas for improvement—structure, argument, grammar—but the raw ingredients for success are already there. I try to help give students the tools they need to read and write with confidence, frequently using their existing interests and hobbies as a way to engage with the material. Since my "day job" is teaching college composition and critical thinking, I prefer working with high school and college students.
UCSB - Bachelors, Literature
Claremont Graduate University - PhD, English, Minor in Critical Theory