I have eleven years of experience teaching at the college level. I teach composition, American literature, and technical writing courses, primarily to first- and second-year college students.
I have taught ESL/ELL courses to adults at the Pre-GED level, and the courses included work on conversation, vocabulary work, and workplace writing.
I also have considerable experience doing freelance writing (journalism, marketing, and so on).
Undergraduate Degree: Syracuse University - Bachelors, English/Magazine journalism
Graduate Degree: University of Iowa - Masters, English
reading, running, swimming
What is your teaching philosophy?
I think students learn best when they are learning something that (a.) is interesting to them or (b.) will help them in their future career or personal life. I firmly believe that good researching, writing, and critical thinking skills are important for everyone, but I try very hard to find ways to make work relevant to students' lives.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would get to know the student and find out about his or her needs. I would ask what he or she would like to accomplish during our tutoring sessions, and I would try to brainstorm a roadmap for us to get there. I would probably give the student some ideas about things to work on prior to the next session, depending on what particular needs seem most pressing.