Having taught students of all ages and from diverse backgrounds at the collegiate-level for over seven years, I learned the importance of building a supportive and collaborative individualized instruction. At times comprehension and excelling at a certain subject, particularly where the student may have some hesitation to the material, I encourage examining a variety of texts both literary and cultural relevant to the subject, students then make the connections and can learn behaviors and thinking skills that arise from themselves rather than from teaching directives.
It is problem-solving in action and that to me is inspirational; in fact: my passion for tutoring and teaching derives from witnessing these successes.
I encourage students to use their life experience and academic backgrounds to such as essays from writers, artists, and critics that function in a dialogue with each other, or not; manifestos; advertisements; blogs; popular television, movies, and music; and fashion. By broadening the idea of a “text” and by moving beyond visceral responses such as “I liked this” or “this was no good,” can be best accomplished by connecting the student's interests in the world to the material in front of them. This allows the material to be learned to dilate with the student and provides the student a respite from directly tackling the material.
The subjects I like to tutor most are any that involve language: literature, philosophy, art history, social sciences, history, and pop culture.
In accord with my passion for teaching, I also hold equal passion for writing and art. I hold an MFA from Columbia University, School of the Arts, completing a creative thesis, a manuscript of poetry, and a critical thesis, an academic essay focusing on the employment of poetic techniques in advertising campaigns.
In my personal life I love the movies, pop culture, museums, walking, watching basketball, football, and boxing. Baseball is best seen live. But most important is spending time with my family.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Nebraska at Omaha - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Literature and Writing
Graduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Master of Fine Arts, Writing
Reading, Writing, Walking, Movies, and a load of other things!
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
Introduction to Poetry
SAT Subject Tests Prep