I taught composition classes at Rutgers for 4 years and have been teaching English classes from basic skills to A.P. since 1999.
I put great emphasis on teaching students to become more skilled readers and writers through constant practice. I teach them that every word that a writer composes counts, and I share my own writing with them, discussing the choices I made and why. I encourage students to comment on my writing, and I find that my writing has improved from their guidance and honesty. I approach teaching with humility and believe that every student has something to teach me. I believe that every student can learn. I try to scaffold them to develop the skills they need for standardized tests and for their future in college or whatever career they choose, which is a challenge given that I teach a wide range of student ability, from basic skills to Advanced Placement. In addition to developing students reading and writing skills, I want students to become reflective thinkers who can make the most of their personal talents to achieve their current and future goals both in my course and beyond. The portfolio analysis helps toward this end. My students keep a portfolio of their writing (electronic and hard copy) to which they add pieces as they are graded (both formatively and summatively). They reflect upon their areas of strength and weakness. I also have students reflect upon their growth as learners, and upon their struggles and how they can improve upon them.
University of Florida: Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa
I have a Bachelor's degree in English from The University of Florida; a Master's degree in English literature from Rutgers University, and an M.Ed. in English education from Rutgers University.
I enjoy spending time with my family, exercising, and writing. I published a book of my short stories, The Offering, in 2010 (available on Amazon.com). I also love reading and discussing literature with my book club.