Writing is my passion, and my goal, when working with students, is to help them to gain the skills necessary to take their writing to the next level. My approach is positive and process-based, emphasizing student strengths while working toward overcoming problem areas.
I have worked with students ranging from ages 13 to 25 from a wide range of religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.
My professional background is in the publishing industry, and I am currently enrolled in William Paterson University's MFA in Professional & Creative Writing. In addition to studio courses, I am pursuing advanced pedagogy so as to continue becoming a better, more capable, and more well-rounded educator.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: William Paterson University of New Jersey - Bachelors, English
Writing, American Literature, Bass Guitar
CLEP American Literature
CLEP College Composition
CLEP English Literature
College Application Essays
College Level American Literature
COMPASS Reading Prep
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Introduction to Fiction
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Anytime a student is struggling, there is a deeper issue. My goal is always to get to that deeper issue and help the student to develop that foundational knowledge so that he or she may thrive.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I like to encourage independent thinking and positive reinforcement.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I talk with my students, not just at them, and I listen to what they have to say. I may have a student write a simple short essay or story, or I may go over grammar exercises, depending on the situation.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When a student is struggling, I try never to beat a dead horse. I may try switching gears and focusing on another related issue, or I may try to come at the issue from a different angle.