I have worked as a high school English instructor for two school years, and I have consistently worked as a tutor for the past five years. I received my master's degree in English in the spring of 2016 from the University of Houston, and I spent a year as a student in Rice University's Masters in Teaching program. I have taught grades 9-11, and I am certified to teach AP language and literature courses. I always enjoy working with students on topics such as grammar and diction as well as more difficult skills such as research and essay/paper composition. I make sure students master the skills they will need to further their progress with their writing as well as their understanding of literary works. I have also helped many students with standardized test preparation. I currently work as a liberal arts substitute for two private schools, as well as the Spring Branch Independent School District.
Education & Certification
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
Reading, writing, tennis; following the Astros, Rockets, Texans, and UT Longhorns
Q & A
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.