I earned my MFA degree in the future of the book at Onratio College of Art & Design University in Toronto where I experimented with the art of multi-sensorial ebooks--incorporating sound, motion text and graphics, text and textuality, voice and the poetics of interactivity. I've worked as a digital/interactive gallery exhibition producer & an interactive producer for projects in AR, video games, interactive ebooks, apps and more. I've taught writing, English, and storytelling for 13 years.
For eight years, I was a Writing Specialist at the SLCC Community Writing Center--an open access education space. I taught classes on practical, technical and creative writing to learners of all ages. I developed and taught classes in grammar, digital storytelling, poetry, short stories, stylistics and basic writing techniques. I've also taught in the prison system, at the YWCA, private youth writing conferences and worked as a Youth Radio & Audio Storytelling Instructor at Spy Hop.
Writing is my first passion: poetry has my heart and magical, hypnotic stories spellbind my soul. I attended my first writing conference in fourth grade and I haven't looked back since. I come from four generations of pastry chefs. I find many parallels between baking and writing. I was a DJ for 8 years on community radio spinning funk, soul, conscious hip hop and jazz. I'm a yogi at heart--I've got nimble headstands.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Utah - Bachelors, English & Culture Theory
Graduate Degree: Ontario College of Art Design University - Masters, Digital Futures (Digital Storytelling & Interactive Production)
Poetry, Yoga, Culinary Arts, Dance, Museums.
Basic Computer Literacy
College Application Essays
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Mac Basic Computer Skills
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
In school, I struggled with hard sciences, but found a technical love in the mechanics of language. My troubles at home bled into my schooling; I moved to an alternative high school for at-risk teens: I fell in love with learning through a supportive environment. As a tutor, I work from a position of non-hierarchical collaboration. I consider myself a facilitator more than a teacher; I help my learners engage with concepts in fun, transformational and dynamic ways, while demystifying ideas.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During a typical first session, I like to get to know the learner -- find out what your passions are, your strengths, weaknesses, academic history, and to hear your tutoring outcome goals. This helps me set us on a strong path working with your strengths and evolving your weaknesses to help evolve your knowledge and learning practices, while incorporating your interests in our educational approach, to help you connect with difficult topics.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A core concept in my teaching philosophy is to help each learner grow their independent skills. Through our tutoring sessions, I'll walk you through learning techniques and practices in a safe environment where we can experiment together in your mastery of the skill so that you can take your new knowledge and apply it into future academic/educational instances. My success as an educator is evident through my students' successes, evolution, and progress.