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Teaching is my life and passion. Whether in academia or the dance world, I have always been - and continue to be - a teacher.

I began teaching jazz and ballet at the age of 16 in my home-state of Indiana. During high school I tutored a wide range of students from 1st grade to 11th grade through National Honors Society. After graduating with 2 B.A. degrees from Indiana University, I spent a year and a half teaching (and performing) ballroom and Latin dance to students ranging from the ages of 13 to 91!

Yet I missed being a student myself within an academic setting and set off to grad school on a full scholarship. During my time in grad school, I was given the opportunity to teach my own freshman and sophomore level courses at Indiana University because of my extensive background as a teacher. I did this for 2.5 years until I finished my thesis and graduated with an M.A. in Human Geography.

I have come to Colorado to take a break from academia before continuing my education. The mountains create a magnificent writing environment, and I seek new inspiration for future writing endeavors.

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Carmen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Indiana University-Bloomington - Bachelors, International Studies and Russian Language & Literature

Graduate Degree: Indiana University-Bloomington - Masters, Geography

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 29

ACT English: 30

ACT Math: 33

ACT Reading: 25

ACT Science: 26

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1330

GRE Quantitative: 156

GRE Verbal: 157


ballet, yoga, live music

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What is your teaching philosophy?

The most important thing one can teach a student is how to think. This involves going beyond teaching specific material. Good teachers teach students problem solving skills so that students are able to come to their own conclusions in any subject area. This not only helps students learn to teach themselves, but also promotes a student's individuality as an independent thinker and problem solver.

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