I graduated from Olivet College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a teaching certificate. From there, I graduated from Wayne State University with a Master of Arts in English.
I have thirty years of experience in teaching. For fifteen years, I taught English at Macomb Community College, teaching grammar, composition, and literature. Besides high school graduates, I also taught dual-enrollment students, students still in high school, but who were taking college courses.
When I first started teaching, I taught first and second grade, and then middle school English. Through these experiences, I have a solid understanding of each level of education.
I enjoy interacting with students and inviting them into the learning process. For example, when I taught the comparison and contrast essay, I used a student example of comparing and contrasting Batman and Superman. Giving students relevant examples interests and motivates them. As a facilitator of learning, I ask students questions to draw them into learning.
In middle school, I had students keep a writing journal as a way to express their thoughts freely. An example of a daily prompt was "If you had a million toothpicks, what would you build and why?" This prompt motivated my students into bringing in farm houses, planes, the Eiffel Tower, and haunted houses made out of popsicle sticks. I didn't assign this project; rather, students thought of it as a result of the prompt.
Having a learning dialogue with students draws them in and keeps them interested and motivated.
When I am not working, I enjoy gardening, listening to music, writing, watching tennis, and caring for my two cats. These activities help relax me from the stress we all have in our lives.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Olivet College - Bachelor in Arts, English
Graduate Degree: Wayne State University - Master of Arts, English
My interests are writing, cats, and watching tennis. I am also a member of Michigan Human and donate to support neglected animals.
College Application Essays
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
Introduction to Poetry
Middle School English
Middle School Writing