I have taught English literature and composition at the college level for twenty-five years. I've also taught creative writing.
I liken my role to that of a good gardener. Just as the gardener can't force the plant to grow but can only create the conditions in which it can flourish and bloom, I can't force students to learn. All I can do is provide the right environment, keep the weeds of poor thinking skills from taking root, and then step back and be amazed at what ideas, imagination, and thoughtful results blossom and grow.
I haven't won any awards or received any honors, but I have had many shining moments, mostly when I see a lightbulb go off and a struggling student grasp a troublesome concept. Sometimes I run into former students who proudly tell me how well they've done in other classes because of what they learned in mine. I've watched students who assured me at the beginning of the course how much they hate English class blossom and become confident readers and writers.
I have a Master's degree in English.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, English, Other (Social Studies - History), Literature, Writing, Short Stories, Writing, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Poetry, For All Subjects, Close Reading