I am a high school English teacher and have taught middle school language arts as well. Before switching careers and becoming a teacher, I was also an attorney for 15 years. Through my varied background and education, I believe that I relate well to many different types of students and that I have the knowledge and experience to help them master any reading or writing-related difficulties that they may be experiencing.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Wake Forest University - Bachelors, Psychology
Graduate Degree: University of Richmond - Masters, Law
State Certified Teacher
I enjoy playing soccer and running to stay healthy, and I also enjoy reading in my spare time (which is rare, considering that I have two kids with a variety of activities and interests of their own).
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that a teacher should not be just a provider of information, but a facilitator in helping students learn how to think critically, develop reasoning skills, and learn how to analyze any given situation that they are presented with in their lives.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student, I would spend most of my time getting to know the student and what they are struggling with. I believe that I need to understand them and their particular issues first, before I can come up with a plan to help them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student to become an independent learner by encouraging them to think for themselves, and not to accept anything that I or that other people say as necessarily correct.