I am fortunate enough to be a working writer who also teaches English. I love the language and believe that everyone, no matter what their background, should be exposed to the wonderful works of literature and opportunities to express oneself afforded by English. Film and theatre are an ultimate celebration of the language, and so I study those subjects as well.
I have been writing professionally off-and-on for over twenty years and also was fortunate enough to run a small photography studio, so I can teach Basic Mac skills, as well as Basic Photoshop.
My teaching style has been described as demanding, but also patient. I have no problems with students who are trying their best. If you are having a difficult time with English, or someone you know is having difficulty with English, I can help them and would be happy to do so. I can help adults as well as children!
Some children have advanced beyond their school curriculum and are looking to advance past their classmates. I can help these children find books that fit their interests and enable them to soar.
Please contact me for more details!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: George Mason University - Bachelors, English
film, theatre, photography, video games
Basic Computer Literacy
College Application Essays
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Mac Basic Computer Skills
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to ensure that the student works to his or her potential, while understanding why it is important to do so.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I think the first session would be more of a "getting to know you" session. I would introduce myself, find out what the student's interests are, and find his or her weak points.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
My teaching style is always to try and awaken the child's interest in the world around him or her. That stimulation should help the child teach him or herself. If that doesn't work, I never simply regurgitate answers. I make them try to figure out problems on their own instead.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
There are many ways to help a student stay motivated. First of all, I try to give praise sparingly when it is earned. Second, I try to have a conversation with the parents about doing something positive for the student when he or she achieves. Finally, I do try to arrange for fun field trips when the student is doing well.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Well, I would try to review the concept at least three or four times before trying a different tactic. After doing this, I would try teaching a similar skill or concept. If he/she understands the similar skill or concept, then we would go back and apply that knowledge to the skill or concept giving us trouble.