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Elizabeth

Born in England, raised in Malta, I have a global perspective and an appreciation for cultural diversity. I am a “people person” who works well with others both as a leader and team-player. Empowering students and moving them beyond “I can’t” has always been the hallmark of my teaching, so much so that DePaul’s Alpha Lambda Delta National Honors Society named me as “Faculty of the Year” in 2000.
Even before “experiential learning” became a cliché, I was providing “hands-on,” sensory-based activities for my students; before “diversity training” became a mandate, I exposed my students to texts which focused on racism, sexism, homophobia, colonialism and anti-Semitism; years before the English speaking world caught onto the pedagogical theories of Paulo Freire, I insisted on student-centered learning, creating a safe environment in which my students could explore their deepest thoughts, sharing what was appropriate with their peers. My students are motivated and engaged with their studies; together we form a circle of learning in which all are expert critical thinkers. My task, as I see it, is to facilitate, encourage, and stay informed. A hand-written message from Mother Teresa, faithfully carried from Calcutta by a former student, hangs on my study wall: “Liz, Teach for the glory of God.” And that’s what I endeavor to do….

Undergraduate Degree:

 DePaul University - Bachelors, English & Linguistics

Graduate Degree:

 DePaul University - Masters, English & Linguistics/ Also hold TESOL credentials from College of Teachers, U.K.

Graduate Degree:

 University of Malta - PhD, Theology

Travel, Argentine Tango,Photography

10th Grade Writing

College English

Comparative Literature

Fiction Writing

High School English

High School Writing

World Literature

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By encouraging critical thinking and by teaching the skills necessary to accomplish academic goals.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Find different ways of demonstrating the skill or concept until it makes sense to the student.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

By looking for thesis statements and topic sentences, key ideas, subordinate ideas, details, examples, illustrations; by exploring the context of the reading with the student; by encouraging vocabulary work.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Born in England, raised in Malta, I have a global perspective and an appreciation for cultural diversity. I am a "people person" who works well with others both as a leader and team-player. Empowering students and moving them beyond "I can't" has always been the hallmark of my teaching, so much so that DePaul's Alpha Lambda Delta National Honors Society named me as "Faculty of the Year" in 2000. Even before "experiential learning" became a clichニ_, I was providing "hands-on," sensory-based activities for my students; before "diversity training" became a mandate, I exposed my students to texts which focused on racism, sexism, homophobia, colonialism and anti-Semitism; years before the English speaking world caught onto the pedagogical theories of Paulo Freire, I insisted on student-centered learning, creating a safe environment in which my students could explore their deepest thoughts, sharing what was appropriate with their peers. My students are motivated and engaged with their studies; together we form a circle of learning in which all are expert critical thinkers. My task, as I see it, is to facilitate, encourage, and stay informed. A hand-written message from Mother Teresa, faithfully carried from Calcutta by a former student, hangs on my study wall: "Liz, Teach for the glory of God." And that's what I endeavor to doニ_ニ__.