I am an adjunct professor at Community College of Philadelphia, Lincoln University, and I teach online at Southern New Hampshire University. I teach in the English departments and I have over 7 years of higher education experience teaching Developmental English Composition, English Composition I & II, Introduction to Literature, Business Writing, Public Speaking, Screenwriting, and other Creative Writing Courses. I received my B.A. degree in French and Film Production from Howard University and my M.F.A. in creative writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing screenplays, yoga, cooking vegan and vegetarian cuisine, and spending time with family and friends.
I am passionate about education because I know that as a teacher and a tutor I can make a difference in students believing in themselves and in pursuing their life's passions. Because of that, I make sure that with every student that I make that difference in each meeting and interaction with them.
Undergraduate Degree: Howard University - Bachelors, French
Graduate Degree: School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Masters, Writing
I enjoy reading, writing, yoga, and cooking.
What is your teaching philosophy?
"To extinguish the free will is to strike the conscience with death, for both have but one and the same life." William Ellery Channing (American Moralist, Unitarian Clergyman, & Author - 1780 - 1842) Learning is the ability to apply a formula to all aspects of knowledge and information and apply that knowledge and information in the applications of life through a critical thinking process that can be applied anywhere and everywhere. Teaching is the ability to present, deliver, and provide enough knowledge, strategies, techniques, etc in order for the student to develop his or her own process of thinking and executing. I set high standards of professionalism, formality, and effort for my students in the classroom. I approach each student from a place of excellence. The way I do this is by presenting myself in a manner of excellence. That shows in my dress, my presence, my syllabus, the assignments, the level of feedback that I give, and my consistent and appropriate communication with them in and out of the classroom. The core of how and what I teach is from a place of creating an environment where critical thinking and free will intertwine. Without these two processes, learning is impossible. While content is key in grasping concepts, it is the critical thinking process that I nurture the most in my students. I do this by probing, asking, offering scenarios, presenting other forms of content, group exercises, creative exercises, media, vibrant discussions, etc. In developing critical thinking skills, I use group projects to nurture my students' critical thinking processes. I do this because in group projects, we learn to work with the dynamics of a group, assess people's personalities, strengths, weaknesses, make decisions about the distribution of work according to a person's personality, set deadlines, establish goals, and execute tasks in order to complete a project. As expected challenges arise in group settings which are welcomed as I again guide students on how to solve those problems as problems among groups are the basis of life and relationships. I teach the way I do because in the end I want my students to be able to apply the core and fundamental skills of critical thinking in and out of the classroom. I have a concern that students in the US lack critical thinking skills and the ability to solve simple and complex problems. As a teacher, I hope I am making a contribution not only to my students, but the US workforce, economy, and its' future. My future teaching goals include obtaining a PhD, taking courses in media technology and teaching strategies, conducting research related to improving reading and writing skills among low income students, traveling, and publishing my creative writing projects.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the typical first session with a student, I would work with them on assessing some short-term and long-term goals, and then create a schedule or some sort of map around that. I would also discuss with them their strengths and weaknesses.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by teaching them the importance of commitment, integrity, and perseverance. I would then show them how to be an independent learner, such as showing them how to study better, take better notes, annotate readings, conduct research, etc. The key to teaching students how to become independent learners is teaching the skills of being independent students.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would ask a student what would help them to stay motivated, and help them to put into place those strategies. I would do what I can, such as send them a text, call them, etc., in order to help them stay motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would check in with the student and see if they knew why they were having a difficult time learning a skill or concept. I would also make sure that there weren't any distractions, learning disabilities, etc., that might be getting in the way.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I instruct students to make inferences about the reading by looking at the title, and then drawing conclusions about the story based on the title. I then check to see if there are any comprehension questions at the end of the story, and train them to remember those questions while reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The strategies that I find to be most successful when I start to work with students is to first teach them basic skills, like how to organize their notes, how to listen to the teacher in order to take notes, how to conduct research, etc.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I try to get the student to set goals and to see a long term vision for him or herself. I also try to find out what he or she likes, and I try to bring materials related to his or her tastes.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The techniques that I use would be quizzes, tests, assessments, etc.