It's my passion, my purpose, and my love to TEACH! By day, part of my time consists of me being a counselor, and I work with youth and families who need intervention. I also work with inner-city schools on behavior support. My other time is spent as an empowerment (motivational) speaker to teens and families, as well as a guest lecturer at universities on youth and family development, urban education, and social justice. I have a graduate background in Urban Education- I taught English, Social Psychology and Family Development (counseling.) I love the work that I do and I also have a passion for teaching YOU English and writing fundamentals, too. Some days, I miss being in the classroom...so, that's where you come in.
All of my work encompasses self-empowerment and self-care and is geared towards youth and family development. I'm also a published author! Writing, talking, and writing again are my passion.
Reminders that I tell myself quite OFTEN:
Michael- you're only human. Give yourself grace and let your humanity show!
When you're in tough times, remember that It's the hottest fire that makes the hardest steel; so, don't give up! Oh, and just when the Caterpillar thought life was over, she became a butterfly. Hmm.. Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness, yet become something beautiful. So, shine on, my friends. Shine on!
I look forward to serving you. Be well!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Truman State University - Bachelor in Arts, Interdisciplinary - Education
Graduate Degree: UMKC / PARK University - Master of Arts, Social Psych. / Family Development
ACT Composite: 29
enjoys reading a good book, being adventurous (skydiving, scuba diving, snorkeling), yoga, and watching Lifetime
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Writing
6th Grade Writing
7th Grade Writing
9th Grade Writing
AP US Government
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I can do ANYTHING that I put my mind to. The human brain- one of the most powerful and electrifying organs- is really unstoppable. In fact, you can convince the brain to do ANYTHING. Yep, anything! So, I'm here to help you create a vision, do the work, and reap the rewards! Oh, and we'll have fun, too!! Learning really is fun. Yep, #NerdLand. Ha! Seriously, though. If you have in your mind that you can accomplish something, that's 70% of the battle. There is, indeed, power in positive thinking. Are you ready? Get set... GROW! #YES!