I've been a public school teacher for 20+ years in secondary Language Arts. I've mainly taught high school but I've also taught middle school and college level writing courses.
I have a great deal of experience teaching writing. I've develped numerous activities for creative writing and essay writing. My belief is that students must know and practice basic writing techniques such as sentence and paragraph development as well as grammar. I fully support the writing process model for teaching writing and believe that the more students write, the better they get.
*Associate fiction editor for the nationally known literary magazine, Puerto Del Sol from August 90 to May 91. *President of NMSU's La Sociedad para las Artes (Society of the Arts) from August 89 to May 91. *Editor in Chief of El Ojito, NMSU's undergraduate literary magazine from August 91 to May 92. * Published Article in Clackamas County Library Journal
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE High School English Teacher, Sandy High School -- 17100 Bluff Rd. Sandy, OR 97055 September 2000 to present. Principal: Tim Werner (503) 668-8011 * I have taught American Literature, Shakespeare, Advanced Composition Creative Writing, College Credit English. College Credit English counts as two college credit courses at Mt. Hood Community College: WR 121, WR 122. High School English Teacher, Skyview High School â€“ 1300 NW 139th St. Vancouver, WA 98685 September 1999 to June 2000. Principal: Rick Larson (360)906-4349 *Team Taught American Literature and Composition in partnership relationship with U.S. History. LINKUP Teacher, Eastham School (Community Schools) Oregon City Public Schools 1417 12th St Oregon City, Oregon. September 1996 to June 1999. Supervisor Larry Didway (503) 650-5491 *Taught three different levels of a Core Language Arts class to a group of students and parents who participated in the LINKUP home-school project. * Taught Basic Computer, Word Processing, and Internet Skills to students and parents who participated in the LINKUP home-school project. Substitute Teacher, Various Districts in the Portland Metro Area/Vancouver Metro Area - I worked mostly in the Language Arts, Drama/Speech and Social Studies fields. September 1996 to May 1998. High School English Teacher, Los Lunas High School - Box 1300 Los Lunas, NM, 87031 August 1992 - May 1995 Supervisor: Patricia Parkinson Taught Freshman, Sophomore and Junior level English * Emphasized process approach to writing skills * Discussed Multi-cultural Literature * Developed critical thinking skills * Provided library research skills * Provided computer training in order to improve student's writing skills * Acted as advisor for high school yearbook University Instructor, (Teaching Asst.) Department of English: Freshman Writing Program - New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 88003 August 1990 - May 1992 Dr. Chris Burnham * Taught Freshman Composition (ENGL 111), one class per semester while taking a full graduate level class load. * Worked closely with the director of FWP in order to learn the objectives and goals of the program. --To have students become familiar with their composing process and learn to adjust it to accomplish a variety of writing tasks. --To have students understand the use of writing as an aid to learning. --Helped students develop expository and argumentative writing skills. --Helped students develop research skills. --Helped students develop collaborative learning strategies and techniques. * Helped students learn how to use computers to improve their writing skills. * Provided special assistance to students during office hours and by appointment.
Further Training: â€¢ Advanced Placement (AP) training in English Language and Composition. 30 hours. 2008 Vancouver, WA. â€¢ Statewide scoring assessment training for the 6 trait writing process. Attended three training sessions. 2000-2003 â€¢ Advanced Placement (AP) training for teaching AP Literature. 2000 in El Paso, TX â€¢ Student Owned Strategies â€“ One week training (35 hours) Reading development strategies for teaching reading at the secondary level. July 2005 â€¢ Attended a November Learning, Building Communities Conference in Boston for technology in the secondary and post secondary classroom. July 2007