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Alex

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.

Undergraduate Degree:

The University of Texas - Bachelor in Arts, The Plan II Honors Program

Graduate Degree:

Rice University - Master of Arts Teaching, English Education

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 800

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College English

Comparative Literature

High School English

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.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would likely ask the student for a couple of writing samples from past assignments and review those before our first session. This would provide me with plenty of information regarding areas of improvement, whether it be in grammar, word choice, organization, or interpretation of literature. Through these reviews, I would be able to immediately begin focusing on specific topics for improvement with a student.