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Jim

Empowering students to steer destiny in the direction of their choice is my challenge as an educator.

“A well­ oiled classroom is imperative when you’re in charge of 30+ students. The downside, however, is that some of those students will slip through the cracks if they are not given enough attention. Upon earning my degree in English Education at Illinois State University, I realized after my first year of teaching that most students in Chicago Public Schools were reading at least two grades below grade level.

That’s when I decided to pursue a Master’s in Reading to address the problem. I tutored K­12 (all subjects) for three years to master the methodology I’d gleaned from professors before returning to the classroom. Since teaching is an art, I consider my instructional philosophy to be “versatility in motion” because learning styles and progress vary accordingly. Indeed, if I hadn’t had the passion to empower students to be more than they thought they could be, I wouldn’t have been surrounded by priceless smiles that kept me coming back.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Illinois State University - Bachelors, English

Graduate Degree:

 Illinois State University - Masters, Education

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10th Grade Reading

1st Grade Reading

Adult Literacy

Business

Business Writing

College Application Essays

College Business

College English

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Expository Writing

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

High School Business

High School English

High School Writing

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

PARCC Prep

Spelling Bee

Technical Writing

Technology and Computer Science